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Galactic HitchHiker - 5.11a

Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50 out of 5
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Route Summary | Ascent Notes (4)
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Quickdraws, runners, pro to 2.5 inches including thin,and small aliens.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.11a A1
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 5.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 5.00/5

Description:

Monumental Fun that puts you through 39 pitches that end a few hundred yards from the Glacier Point Railing. The hardest cruxes are well protected and there are many bolts on the route, but a few pitches have tricky moves a bit lead out. Most pitches are short and can be combined with the next. (We did the route 9/06 and it was probably the first ascent all season - debris on fixed pro. The best printable topo I found for the route is http://member.newsguy.com/~climbing/Galactic%20HitchhikerTopo.html I have a number of corrections to the topo in addition to Karl's that I could send to anyone interested johnr9q@yahoo.com)

Submitted by: johnr9q on 2006-09-29
Views: 1409
Route ID: 21539

4 Ascents Recorded

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Ratings
  Difficulty 5.11a A1
  Safety Rating R
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Hang Dog Hang Dog ascent by: stevecurtis on 2011-08-12 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars with clint

This is an odd route. The first bit is typical run out apron climbing--up to the oasis. above the oasis is a short bolt ladder--5.9. A traverse left leads to 5 or six pitches of run-out climbing. One or two of these approach serious. The next 5 or so pitches are more bolt ladder up difficult slab. After this, several "pitches" of class 4 hiking up to the headwall. We arrived at the headwall at about 5 pm, not certain where to go. One must traverse a steep slab to pick up the last few pitches. We hiked back down the class 4, and hiked out a gully--full of broken glass. Found an old booze bottle from 80 years prior.

Added: 2012-01-12

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  Difficulty
  Safety Rating G
Onsight Onsight ascent by: snowey on 2008-06-08 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars awesome route

Great route!
Did this with scotty in 20 pitches and ~12 hours while pulling on bolts up higher to move faster. 5.10 A0!!
For an updated topo and TR go here:
http://pullharder.org/2008/06/17/galactic-hitchhiker/

Make sure you hitchhike back down to the valley, best descent in yosemite!

Added: 2008-06-20

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Top Rope Top Rope ascent by: brutusofwyde on 2001-08-14 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

Hauled up this route by Karl Baba in 8 hours, tying the record for the fastest ascent of the route to date.

Added: 2001-08-14

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Red Point Red Point ascent by: karlbaba on 2001-07-15 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

I like this route so much, this was my forth trip up it. I also did the 2nd and 3rd ascents.<a href="http://member.newsguy.com/~climbing/Galactic%20Hitchhiker.html"><b>read the trip report.</b></a>

Added: 2001-07-15