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The Pharmacy

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.10 - 1 9 10

Directions to The Pharmacy

This wall is in property owned by RRGCC. Be respectful.
Walk toward The Highlands but take the first trail to the right off of the main trail. This trail meets the cliff beneath the slab lines on the left side of the wall. The right side of the wall is slightly overhanging with nice solid orange rock after some manky starts.

Wall Sun: Afternoon sun

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality Length Picture


The Hairy Caterpillar Sport 5.10d
Left of where the approach trail meets the wall is a low ledge. This line begins on the ledge and is currently the leftmost line on the wall. Techy slab with a well defined crux. Steepness:


Chasing Butterflies Sport 5.10c
This slab line begins on the ledge right of The Hairy Caterpillar. Begin with some dirtiness to reach the first bolt where the rock cleans up. Climb the longer than it appears slab peppered with several cruxes that will literally keep you on your toes. Steepness:


Purple Pill Sport 5.10d
Begin right of Chasing Butterflies. Climb up to reach a few wrestly moves which will get you over the bulge and onto the face where the crimping begins. Steepness:


COSD Mixed 5.10b
Right of the previous ledge lines is a crack which begins with hands in an unappealing corner but quickly cleans up to a nice run up the steepening face. The crack ends on thin face climbing protected by bolts. Steepness:


Free Suckers Sport 5.11b
This line takes on the obvious brown streak right of the crack. Begin with a high slimy slot and a tight belay should you pop off. Snatch a good ledge then crank up and onto the face where some great crimping begins. Don't hesitate at the chains, just go big. Steepness:


Generic Manufacturer Sport 5.11d
Sometimes you just have to make your own. Begin with a tough boulder problem past a bulge to reach a hand ledge. Move off of the ledge into another difficult section then continue up on excellent stone and through a hueco to an easier finish. Steepness:


Overdose Sport 5.11c
Right of Generic Manufacturer is another great line with a cleaner and more mellow beginning. Shares the beginning moves with the following lines but has its own bolts. Pull through the low moves then traverse left on a hand ledge to gain the second bolt. Crank a long pull from a deep horizontal to gain a full pad edge which will take you into stellar moves to the end. Steepness:


Nicotine Knuckles Sport 5.11a
Begin the same as Psychotropic but move straight up after the first bolt for great pumpy climbing with a hueco rest if you need it. Steepness:


Psychotropic Sport 5.11a
Share the beginning moves and first bolt with Nicotine Knuckles but move right at the second bolt into thinner moves left of the arch. Steepness:


Pentecostal Gnawbone Sport 5.12a
Line of glue-ins following the arch on the right side of the wall. Climb up to an often wet section and make use of the dry holds to power through the barriers to entry. Continue along the arch with unique and difficult moves which will deliver enough pump to make you try hard on the final reach for the chains. Steepness:


pigsteak said on September 16th, 2013
currently the Pharmacy stay in the shade until about 1 PM...there is a sun crux for about 30 minutes, and then half the routes are shaded by tall trees and half the routes get direct sunlight.
Anonymous said on October 30th, 2013
It's hard to believe the RRGCC would spend money on a place like this.
JR said on September 14th, 2015
The yellow tags lead me to this cliff not Corner Pocket