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The Diagonal - 5.10d

Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50 out of 5
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TCUs, nuts, small to med cams.
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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10b
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 3.50/5
  Rock Quality 4.50/5
  Scenery 4.50/5
  Fun Factor 4.50/5

Description:

Three starts are available from 5.8 to 5.10b. Upper section after the starts merge is around 5.8. Calling this (the original and hardest start) .10d is a real stretch. Climb a right-leaning small and shallow dihedral with a crack just left of a brushy gully to a belay ledge. Take two ropes to get off. Fun climb. EDIT - Climb continues past ledge, up widening dihedral offwith (crux) to lower-off at 80' (needs rebolted) or traverse right to belay in vegetated gully.

Descent Options:

Rappel - from the anchors a single rope will just make it to the low ledges from which you can easily scramble. Or pendulum left to the 1/2 way ledge and a second lower-off point.

Submitted by: willstrickland on 2009-04-16
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Route ID: 8867

4 Ascents Recorded

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Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10d
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Red Point Red Point ascent by: anonymi on 2009-03-22 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Brutal fun..

Going by the old Dixie Craggers this route goes for 80' to a "single bolt anchor". From your descriptions it kinda looks like some of you just did the first section to the rappel tat at half height. Pretty sure the offwith proper continues up the slanting corner, past the aforementioned "bail hex", and is solid 10d IMHO with tenuous footwork and technical stemming. This section was suffering from a little seepage even after 4 dry sunny days, so beware.

Also BEWARE - the 'single bolt anchor' isnt strong enough to hang your coat on. Its very old and rusted. There's some rather dubious "death triangle" lower-off slings which did hold (but....). I used a #3 Camelot and #2 friend to set up a solid belay.
Having said all this - its a great route, worthy of its two stars.

Added: 2009-03-22

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: douglaskinsman on 2009-02-21 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars A little wet

The 10 start was wet so I went with the 5.9 which is well protected and has good moves. I started up what is considered to be the 2nd pitch of The Diagonal Direct only to be greeted by a soaked mossy chimney section. Luckily someone had made this mistake before and left a bail hex. Good climb and I would like to see what the harder variation is like on a drier day.

Added: 2009-02-22

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Onsight Onsight ascent by: willstrickland on 2000-07-02 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

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Added: 2000-07-02

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Red Point Red Point ascent by: stubb on 1995-04-14 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

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Added: 1995-04-14