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socalbolter


Jun 25, 2002, 6:34 PM
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I need your input to compile accurate rating consensus for the new Santa Monica Mountains guidebook.

Your input on difficulty and quality (5-star scale) would be greatly appreciated.


apollodorus


Jun 25, 2002, 7:12 PM
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Ah, the Magic Mountains. Unfortunately, during the three years I lived just off Kanan Road, I wasn't climbing. I was driving my sports car like a lunatic on full moon nights. "Stunt Road" wasn't named that on a whim. Encinal Canyon road, often used by steet luge skateboarders, was pretty good with the stick in neutral and a very reluctant braking foot. That sharp U-turn curve (going downhill) about one mile from PCH was pretty hairball at speed.

So, my post is worthless, but I have a very fond spot in my memory of the Santa Monica Mountains.


jt512


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Louie,

Here are my opinions of the difficulty and quality of all the routes I've done (so far) at Echo:

Americano*** 5.11b (if flake is off)
Caffeine*** 5.11a
Espresso*** 5.11a
Death by Chocolate* 5.10d
Restrain This***** 5.11b

Routes on the spooky, chossy wall that forms a dihedral with the Java wall, from left to right:

Unknown1* (the arete) 5.10c
Unknown2* 5.10a
Unknown3 (no stars) 5.9
Unknown4 (no stars) 5.9

-Jay





ikefromla


Jan 20, 2003, 11:01 AM
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i concur (with jt512)... but i'd give death by chocolate at least 2 stars, it's a fun line at its grade.


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