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Short by a Foot

This route is located in the Southern Region at The Gallery


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Starry Night 5.12a (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Dustin Stephens, Will Sweeney in 2016
Length: 65ft
Bolts: 6 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Crazy-steep line with permadraws just past the choss arch right of Dain Bramage. A mellow intro gains extrance to mega-pumpy jug reefing.
Moves: unknown
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry:
Owner: RRGCC
juggy (1) beautiful (1) shady (1) steep (1) dynamic (1)
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Submitted by: BubbyBoi
Date: Nov 19th, 2021

Submitted by: cpliley
Date: Oct 24th, 2020

Submitted by: Anonymous
Date: Jan 14th, 2019

Submitted by: Willy
Date: Apr 7th, 2016


shadow.ayala said on April 10th, 2016
I was going to bolt this years ago. Glad to see it get done. Can't wait to ride it.
dustonian said on April 10th, 2016
It was years ago when I started bolting it haha. Still a cool harder one to the right if anyone wants it... probably even share the anchor with this one
Willy said on April 11th, 2016
Has all the ingredients to be popular. Big moves, steep rock, permadraws, and a short hike to reach it. Surprisingly clean and solid as well for a new route.
DrRockso said on September 18th, 2016
Fun route, bring a brush to help clean the remaining sand off. Exercise caution going from 3 to 4 after the bat hang rest, falling wrong in this section can send you head first into the wall like my partner.
pumpout2004 said on October 10th, 2016
Super fun! Permas make this a real treat. Clean and generally choss free now.
slander said on October 17th, 2016
This will be five stars once it cleans up a bit more. Great movement. One of the steepest routes I've ever been on
lena_chita said on June 5th, 2017
Great for a hot-weather climbing day. Fully in the shade, and not a single "condition-dependent hold" on it.
Anonymous said on June 5th, 2017
a couple friends climbed this the other day and said bolts 3 and 4 were in bad shape. said that tightening them down probably wouldn't help. said something about a nut behind the hanger. i witnessed bolt 3 wobble with a flick of the rope. will report elsewhere, but figured i'd mention it here in case someone who knows what they're doing reads this.
Willy said on June 6th, 2017
A nut behind the hanger? Wtf. Bolts are pretty much new and stainless, Id bet money they just need tightening.
Anonymous said on June 6th, 2017
could totally be the case. i got sketched out and didn't go up it, haha. just thought it warranted comment. if i make it back out there w/ a wrench soon i'll take a look.
Anonymous said on June 7th, 2017
Probably a good idea to delay getting in this one unless you plan on being the one to inspect and maintain the bolts first.
Anonymous said on June 7th, 2017
Umm, that should be every climber on every route. (Inspect and maintain = try to tighten loose bolts you encounter.). This being a new SS route, almost guarantees it just needs a wrench on it. Ian
Cromper said on August 8th, 2017
Pretty amazing climb.
Anonymous said on October 29th, 2017
Great route, countless knee bars and better than I expected. 4stars, but did not feel any harder than air ride equipped. I think it's low 11 Joe Zatek
Anonymous said on October 30th, 2017
substantially harder than ARE but nice spray effort lol
J-Ru said on April 14th, 2018
Rock has flaked off behind the 5th bolt exposing the sleeve. There is about 1/2 inch of sleeve showing. The bolt is not loose. Reported on Bad Bolts.
climb2core said on April 15th, 2018
Did you try tightening?
J-Ru said on April 15th, 2018
The bolt was not loose. The rock behind the left side of the bolt flaked off. It may be okay, but there was enough rock missing to make me not want to fall on it.
DrRockso said on April 16th, 2018
Would be a good candidate for glue-in bolts if anyone has the time. FA ok'ed upgrading already.
MarshyMonsterD said on May 7th, 2018
Sorry just hopped on this site and could not find the report bad bolt option so had to leave this comment. As of April 29th, the 3rd bolt from the bottom has completely fallen out of its sleeve. A climber made it to the 4th bolt and fell there, then proceeded to finish the route. Upon decent, there was a bolt loosely hanging on the climbers rope. It now makes the 4th bolt, now 3rd, a decent ground fall if you blow the clip. I left the bolt hanging on the ledge below the climb.
Cromper said on May 7th, 2018
Route will be rebolted with glue ins in the next week or so.
Cromper said on May 8th, 2018
This route will be off limits most of the day Saturday May 12th for maintenance and bolt replacement.
Anonymous said on May 19th, 2018
So is this route good to go now? A friend and I were about to hop on and saw an 'x' next to the first perma draw. We weren't sure if that's from before re-bolting or if there's still a problem there.
Anonymous said on May 20th, 2018
It’s good to go. Use the glue ins.
Anonymous said on May 20th, 2018
Huge thanks for the hard work Cromper!!!
Anonymous said on May 20th, 2018
Thanks to Colin Howell for old bolt removal and patching as well! -Scott
inwardj said on September 6th, 2018
The cave/chimney adventure to the left of this climb is a fun little scramble.
Jacob said on August 26th, 2019
I think the difficulty is very dependent on if your leg will fit into a particular kneebar above the 4th(?) bolt. I got an awesome no hands rest by sticking my knee into a "hole" type of thing. That took all the pump away before powering up to the chains. Neither of my partners could make the rest work so they were on their arms the whole way after the lie down rest. Felt solid 12a to them, but 11c/d to me.
SteinBot said on September 18th, 2019
Disgustingly easy, felt more like a 10d. 1.5 stars
SteinBot said on September 19th, 2019
And this folks, is why you don’t leave your account logged in at work. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
AidClimber said on September 19th, 2019
Shut it gumball
SteinBot said on September 19th, 2019
You keep talkin and I'm gonna gum your balls
AidClimber said on September 20th, 2019
Gimme a bot job
SteinBot said on September 20th, 2019
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Anonymous said on June 29th, 2020
The biner on the perma on the third draw (Second perma on the route) is pretty worn and getting sharp. Reported to bad
Anonymous said on June 29th, 2020
Thanks for the heads up, but we're no longer calling carabiners by that name
vertical1 said on June 29th, 2020
That one wears out quickly on that route as all the chuffers who want to climb a hard permadraw route get shut down by the first 11-minus move.
Anonymous said on June 30th, 2020
^^^welcome to 2020 folks, where everything's cancelled, the virtue is signalled, and the logic doesn't matter.
Anonymous said on June 30th, 2020
Welcome to 2020 folks, where white climbers are so privileged that they can't handle using one different word.
whoneedsfeet said on June 30th, 2020
Try shutting up and going rock climbing.
Anonymous said on June 30th, 2020
If having privilege means not allowing people to police speech over a completely harmless, shorthand word, then so be it. Your oversensitivity and white knighting for people who mostly couldn't care less about it only perpetuates the negativity you want to associate with it, but one can't expect you types to think that logically. By all means, keep feeling guilty about the color of your skin and allowing people to walk all over you while excusing their personal responsibility. You'll continue to be a hit at parties.
iclimegud said on April 19th, 2021
The 4th bolt (3rd perma) is starting to fracture on Starry Night. I touched the area around the bolt and a small shard flaked off. Bolt report has been submitted to