The Racetrack Playa Area

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Trad and Sport
Morning sun
15 mins
Uphill

The furthest section of the Lower Tier of the east-facing Darkside has been developed with a collection of mostly lower-grade routes. The area isn't especially popular and the rather gloomy and desolate setting doesn't really help.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Skid Pan Alley
The broader left-hand piece of rock. Three bolt runners.
 5a
2
Penelope Pit Stop
The narrower slab to the right passing a bulge.
 5a
3
Pole Position
The left-hand line has a tricky overlap.
 6a
4
Checkered Flag
The central slabby line is nice enough.
 
Pumpy
5c
5
Peter Perfect
The right-hand line leads to a short arete.
 5a
6
The Whacky Races
Spiral leftwards around the arete then pass a bulge.
 5a
7
The Silver Stone
Another narrow wall of cleaner rock.
 6a
8
Long Playa
A short arete leads to a tricky upper face. Low in the grade.
 
1 Stars
Reachy
Technical
6b
9
Dodgem Central
Power through the middle of the detached (?) overhang.
 6b
10
Life's a Drag
Meander up the right arete of the buttress and over the juggy overhangs.
 6a
11
TT Special
The short slab above the grass slope.
 5a
12
Brands Hatched
The face eases after tricky initial moves.
 
Technical
6a
13
Trick Cyclist
The face and scoop right of the grim groove to a high crux.
 
Technical
6b+
14
Speed Freak
A similar line just right pulls through a small overhang.
 6b
15
Lap Times
The left arete of the next section features a beefy bulge.
 5c
16
Screaming Target
Fierce climbing up the blank face.
 
Technical
Crimpy
E3 6a
17
Bone-man Connection
The thin crack and face above. Avoid the arete at the grade.
 
Pumpy
E2 5c
18
Fist to Fist is Done
Wander up the right arete of the face, a small cam on the left helps protect the moves out onto the arete.
 VS 4c
19
Mikey Dread
The crack and groove in the left wall of the corner.
 
Rounded
Fluttery
HVS 4c
20
Scientist
The steep groove systems just right give a tussle.
 
Technical
Pumpy
E1 5b
21
Speed Trials
Bolts again. The narrow face has a hard overlap.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
7a
22
Quads
The short right arete of the face starts up the bank.
 5a
23
High Impact
The triangular face away to the right.
 
1 Stars
6a+
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    The Seven Deadly Sins
    "The line and description has changed with the recent update but the actual lines..." 05/Sep

    Swain's World
    "Good climbing but rather sparsely bolted for comfort - deserves a flutter symbol..." 25/Jul

    A Trip on the Dark Side
    "The lower wall has very good climbing but moving left and leaving the 2nd bolt g..." 21/Jul

    Riding Shogun
    "Steady to steep pulls through bulge and tricky finale." 14/Jul

    Centreville
    "Goodness knows where this is supposed to go! The route to the immediate right of..." 11/Jul

    Apollo Creed
    "Great moves & rock. Starting up Rocky Variations for two bolts is worthwhile..." 28/Jul

    Mine Anarchy
    "Definitely 6a - tricky!" 28/Jun

    Slowly, Slowly Catch a Monkey
    "Barely worth a star in its current rather dirty state. Unfortunately that's the ..." 20/Jun

    People Will Talk
    "Much harder than 5, and dangerously bolted - the crux is reaching the third bolt..." 14/May

    Expecting
    "Easy, a soft touch at F5?" 01/Oct

    Senile Delinquents
    "Again very spaced gear. Would not like to be onsighting this at my limit." 21/Aug

    Sumo
    "Hard crux on quite sharp holds, bit loose and snappy for any stars." 05/May

    Saweno Gancho
    "Loose rock and contrived line." 25/Apr

    Over the Hill
    "Brilliant route - never hard but sustained." 24/Apr

    Tiny Tots
    "Gary's website gives this route 5. The grade of 6a here is much more like it (an..." 21/Apr

    Rocky Variations
    "Three stars. Continued sustained technical climbing with no single move signifi..." 16/Jun

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