The Dark Side - The Racetrack Playa

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Trad and Sport
Early 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.
 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
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
E3
17
Bone-man Connection
The thin crack and face above. Avoid the arete at the grade.
 E2
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
19
Mikey Dread
The crack and groove in the left wall of the corner.
 HVS
20
Scientist
The steep groove systems just right give a tussle.
 
Technical
E1
21
Speed Trials
Bolts again. The narrow face has a hard overlap.
 
1 Stars
Technical
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+