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Gold Nugget

This route is located in the Southern Region at Solar Collector and Gold Coast

Explanatory Gap

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From the Ashes 5.8+ (Trad) *

First Ascent: Scott Hammon and Frank Waters in 2006
Length: 65ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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Walk right from Highway Turtle into the recently burned area. Head up to the wall to the right of the buttress/pinnacle and climb a crack and face system, taking care not to pull off or place pro behind one or two small choss/death blocks. Top out and enjoy a great view of Coal Bank Hollow.
Descent: Rap from tree
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: RRGCC

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Anonymous said on March 9th, 2009
we just called it Sage Crack years ago, we were into given dogs cred for lines Hamsco was desperate enough to put up- hope the anchors helped
Wolf said on March 12th, 2009
There weren't any anchors on this when we did it, unless we missed them. It's not really surprising that it's been done before. It wasn't great, but it was good enough to deserve a name.
hamsco said on July 21st, 2009
I went back and removed the anchors (slings and biners on trees) a couple of months later. The death block is VERY spooky.
Yasmeen said on August 6th, 2009
I changed the FA to Scott Hammond (as requested by Dan Beck). For the FA year, I picked a random year. Scott - let me know if you want me to change any of the information.
dustonian said on March 21st, 2013
Pretty fun little crack, but it needs an anchor. FYI it is the middle of the 3 cracks up in this zone.