Throbbing Gristle, 5.12a
FA: Alan Nelson, TR, 1983

Getting to the route and gear beta:

This route is approached much the same way as Kamikaze. Approach time is about 40 minutes if coming in from the road, and not the Split Rock parking area. When you get to the Beak Boulder rocks, skirt the crag to climbers right, instead of left towards Kamikaze. This route is about 150 feet left of Kamikaze. Go up towards the top of the formation where the arrows are in the beta pic. Up on the false summit there will be a point where you can crawl through a giant multiheaded Yucca. Down and right goes to the base of the route, and up and left will get you on the summit. There are two bolts on top for the toprope.


For the lead, not saying that has been done, you will need a few #6 Wild Country cams, and then some stuff to about 3" to finish off to the summit.

Russ giving it a go. photo by Will

Scuffy leaking precious bodily fluids and Will getting started.
JayBro pics.

Map by SteelMonkey

Additional notes and strategy:

This rig is a true classic and an odd one for Josh. There are no real face holds, knobs, or crumbly edges to help you. It is overhanging, somewhat flared and leaning.

The rock is very good at the bottom, to the point of being slick inside the crack. Higher up the rock starts to deteriorate, but alas, I never got there... denied!

This route might be the best OW I have seen or tried in Josh.


Mountain Project info on the route: None

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