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Red Hot Chili Pepper

This route is located in the Eastern Gorge Region at Funk Rock City

Hardcore Jollies

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Headstone Surfer 5.10a (Trad) ****

First Ascent: Hugh Loeffler, DeeDee Whelan in 1992
Length: 90ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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This route ascends the left-facing dihedral just right of Red Hot Chili Pepper.
Downrated from 5.10c by popular concensus.
Moves: Hands
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry: Light rain
Owner: NFS: Clifty Wilderness Area
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4.37 stars (75 votes)
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5.10a (54 votes)

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Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 19th, 2005


the lurkist said on November 19th, 2004
named for the huge boulder at the base that everyone sits on that was on the ledge at half height before i stood on it doing the FA.
Stewy911 said on May 24th, 2005
That boulder that is the size of a car? or did it break up into smaller pieces?
pkananen said on June 23rd, 2008
how did the belayer survive when that boulder came down?
CLIMBTRAD said on April 6th, 2009
great route to get your stem on thought cruising lane was harder
jrathfon said on September 27th, 2009
easier than cruising lane if you know how to stem. the top is fun and interesting and a different climb than the lower crux. nice and long!
rjackson said on November 3rd, 2011
So worth the trip...
tpowell said on April 2nd, 2014
This was the greatest 90 feet of awkward desperation I've ever been on. Watch out for the ladybug city after the second ledge.