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Ghost in the Machine

This route is located in the Southern Region at Curbside


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Subtle Thievery 5.11c (Sport) **

First Ascent: Josh Thurston, Ron Bateman in 2006
Length: 65ft
Bolts: 6 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Step right about 15 feet to the next line which takes on the adventurous looking face above.
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry:
Owner: RRGCC

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2.85 stars (47 votes)
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5.11c (38 votes)

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Submitted by: usmcmars
Date: Nov 18th, 2015

Submitted by: usmcmars
Date: Nov 18th, 2015


redpointron said on January 30th, 2007
i think this route will get better reviews once it's been climbed a few times. superb moves with a spicy finish.
caribe said on May 10th, 2007
I loved this route. It is a bit easier than conscription, one over to the right. BTW If you are looking for the Massachusetts-shaped hold just above bolt 3, don't bother. I had my left foot on it and was in the process of putting the rope in the gate when it blew. The jolt shifted my hands to a position that put all my weight on nothing but my fingerprints. one thousand one, one . . . meanwhile my belay shifted his head to the right to avoid the rock, but it got him in the arm and drew blood. He was wondering where I was, fully expecting me to have fallen already. He looked up at the second that I was hitting the end of the rope with my feet ~2 feet from his head. . . thousand two.
krabikrabi said on May 10th, 2007
11a, at most.
Dogcocked Assclown said on November 12th, 2007
Power2U said on March 30th, 2008
Yuck, dirty, and I broke a big hold off going into the break at mid height, be careful.
512OW said on April 27th, 2008
Left a bad taste in my mouth. I washed it out with motor oil.
pawilkes said on May 11th, 2008
not that dirty, but it isn't clean. Thought it was pretty fun.
calvinivlac said on April 27th, 2010
It's clean now. And climbs well too. A bit awkward getting onto the ledge. Thanks to everyone who broke off the choss before me. :)
calvinivlac said on April 27th, 2010
Oops, my comment was meant for the line to the right.
NUGGET423 said on October 20th, 2015
I enjoyed this route. It's much easier compared to Conscription just to the right... probably because the bolt above the ledge is a lot easier to clip.
usmcmars said on November 18th, 2015
Surely this route deserves more than two stars. I liked it so much that I chose to fall in the same spot at least 300 times.