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Single Finger Salute

This route is located in the Southern Region at Curbside

Subtle Thievery

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Ghost in the Machine 5.10c (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Ron Bateman in 2006
Length: 60ft
Bolts: 7 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This enjoyable line begins 10 feet right and around the corner from the previous two lines. It is the first line on the main east face of Curbside. Climb up through sloping holds to a large ledge. Pull off the ledge into a short section of steeper rock to reach the chains.
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry: Downpour
Owner: RRGCC

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3.61 stars (88 votes)
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5.10c (77 votes)

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Submitted by: krabikrabi
Date: Apr 30th, 2007


Yasmeen said on April 9th, 2007
This route was a blast - the best of its grade at the Red, in my opinion. Really fun holds and moves, and you kind of get vertigo when you look up because of all the different angles the rock is taking.
Anonymous said on April 10th, 2007
Are you f*ckin kidding me? You have obviously been climbing too much at Muir if you even come close to comparing this route to Breakfast Burrito, or any other Porter 10d even Pocket Pussy. Curbside rock quality sucks.
ray said on April 10th, 2007
What the HELL is wrong with you Yasmeen!!!??? How DARE you have fun and post your opinion!!
Yasmeen said on April 10th, 2007
Good point, anonymous poster - I haven't climbed very many routes at the Red, so I don't have much of a base from which to form an opinion. Also, I prefer to get on routes whose names everyone recognizes (such as BREAKFAST BURRITO or POCKET PUSSY) so that my spray at Miguel's will be easier for people within earshot to catch. Perhaps we could get together sometime and list other classic 5.10d route names while others are listening?
pigsteak said on April 10th, 2007
yasmeen, were you given permission to disagree with the rock police? there are only certified "fun" routes at the Red, and they must, and I repeat, MUST be on the appointed list found on the bath room wall at Miguel's. If I recall, for year's Burrito had a huge wanker flake about ready to much for "fun"... Please, mr. anonymous poster, give us a list of every Porter 10d in the Red you have climbed to prove your assertion that they are all better than yasmeen's choice.
caribe said on May 5th, 2007
This is an excellent line. A better name might be "if you can spread your legs, you can have this". The grade goes way down with a wide stance at places where the two walls gently make a convex surface.
anticlmber said on June 23rd, 2007
enjoyable route. saying breakfast burrito is a good route is for dumbasses.
anticlmber said on June 23rd, 2007
just so you know. Porter only had TWO 10d's to his name. niether one is BB or Pocket Pussy.
bcombs said on September 22nd, 2007
Fun route, it was tricky for me in the middle section (3-4) before the rest. After the rest, its pretty easy climbing.
Anonymous said on October 23rd, 2007
I hated this thing. You liked it. Whatever.
goodguy said on October 23rd, 2007
This someone is really going to need a soft 10 c or d to boost their ego.
Anonymous said on October 23rd, 2007
This someone doesn't like chossy heaps.
michaelarmand said on October 30th, 2007
I thought this was an excellent climb. Never found any choss....
Lander said on February 4th, 2008
I loved this climb. All the holds seemed totally clean and solid to me. Definitely not choss. Why are 90% of the slagging comments made anonomously?
Power2U said on March 30th, 2008
10d's better than this: Creep Show, Jack in the Pulpit, Pulling Pockets & Super Pinch, oh wait these are all harder than this climb, so maybe this is one of the better 10b's :)
pawilkes said on April 14th, 2008
this one was the best 10 on the wall, both the moves were better and the rock quality.
heacocis said on November 14th, 2008
Very nice route with some difficult moves for the grade, but stemming and/or sitting and resting on the ledge may make it easier. The rock quality is fine.
steep4me said on April 20th, 2009
This was a fun climb--tall, a sit down rest, fun moves!
tyler.yarbrough said on February 24th, 2011
If Jack in the Pulpit is a 10d this thing definitely isn't, did both under similar conditions (last route of the day) on very similar days. Flashed Ghost in the machine, was hurtin' on Jack. But then again Eastern Sky Bridge has a tendency to sandbag their ratings (aka Dave the Dude) so something has to give here.
abarkley12 said on May 28th, 2013
Bees are building a nest about 3 ft left of the anchors on this one. It made clipping the chains and cleaning a bit suspenseful this weekend. Just be careful if you jump on this line!
rjackson said on July 6th, 2014
A good pump, solid rock, nice rest, and a couple of fun moves make for a perfectly average gorge climb that is a nIce intro to the prevalent style.
Smiles said on September 28th, 2015
Very nice movement on the lower section. Nice safe route. It's the best of the 10's here.
Chiyram said on October 18th, 2015
Awesome route! Can't believe it doesn't get more stars.
Ebrain said on May 11th, 2016
This is my favorite 10 at the Red. It has a little bit of everything.
veela-valoom said on June 11th, 2018
Super fun climb. Good holds with some slopers thrown in the mix with good rests. Not straightforward at times, which I like. Really good underrated climb.