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Trad climber
Wall Climber Wannabe
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 6, 2009 - 04:34pm PT

I'm looking for a topo or two for the Incredible Hulk.

I'm interested in Blow Hard and Solar flare/solar burn (sun burn?)

Anyone done these routes?

Hulk Photo Topo (full REZ)!

The Solar Flare & Blow Hard lines are rough and corrections welcomed!

Any advice/beta for Eye of the storm?

If you don't want to post up please send me an email/message.

I've complied all the other Hulk Beta here:

Let me know if anyone has comments/updates.



Original Post:

I'm looking for a topo or two for the Incredible Hulk that show the routes to the right of Positive Vibrations as well as those between Sunspot Dihedral and PV.

Any information regarding Airstream, Tradewinds, The Venturi Effect or AstroHulk would be appreciated.

Any info on the Power Ranger start for AstroHulk/PV would be nice too.

Josh Higgins

Trad climber
San Diego
Jul 6, 2009 - 07:34pm PT
I, too, would be very interested in that beta. I was just talking to someone about how I needed to post on here and ask for it recently. If someone supplies the beta, THANK YOU!


Trad climber
Wall Climber Wannabe
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 7, 2009 - 07:27pm PT
So there is a topo for Airstream here:

The Venturi Effect:


So far I haven't found anything on Astro Hulk.

I found a farily cool article about Eye of the Storm (V 5.12, 12 pitches, 1500 feet) but no topo....

Airstream did get a 2nd ascent by Nic Sellars and Tom Briggs.

From the MoonBlog:

Nic Sellars and Tom Briggs have just returned from a trad climbing trip in the states where amongst other things they made the 2nd ascent of a classic Peter Croft route called Airstream. Nic sent in this report.

"Just got back to Blighty after a fab month long trip to the states to climb in the High Sierras on an Alpine rock trip. Tom Briggs and I managed to make the 2nd ascent of Airsteam, a 12 pitch Peter Croft route on a crag called The Incredible Hulk. The route comprised numerous pitches of 5.11 (E4 ish) up to the crux pitches of 512c (7b+), 513b (7c+), 512c. We managed to on-sight all pitches except the crux pitch which managed to squeeze in all it's difficulty into about 15 ft of slippery groove technical shinaniggins. I red-pointed this by the skin of my teeth as I was fairly trashed by the climb up to this point. All in all we took 12 hours from bivvi to bivvi. The next day we quested down to a very hot and sweaty Bishop to contratulate Peter on his route with some beers (and meet up with a real US role model). Hope the photo attachment arrives in a useable state."

Still looking for more Hulk info!!

Dumpster Diver

Jul 7, 2009 - 10:40pm PT
check out the new Secor book

Trad climber
Wall Climber Wannabe
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 8, 2009 - 03:04pm PT
I'm assuming you are talking about this book:

Does it have topos or just route descriptions?

Does anyone know if it has the harder routes listed above?

Sport climber
Aix en Provence / FRANCE
Jul 8, 2009 - 04:39pm PT
hello all from France
please, where are these climbs ?
first time,I heard about it.

2 months left before coming.....stil training but it begin to turn pretty warm here.


Trad climber
fresno, ca
Jul 8, 2009 - 04:56pm PT
East Side of Sierra Nevada Mountain Range
Highway 395
Near Town of Bridgeport, ca
On a "Mountain" called the Incredible Hulk

A few/several(depending on your load and fitness) hours walk into the backcountry. Some go car to car in LONG days, most camp out and enjoy the mountains.

Social climber
The internet
Jul 8, 2009 - 05:18pm PT
There goes the neighborhood.

Trad climber
Wall Climber Wannabe
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 8, 2009 - 05:27pm PT
You can get a free topo of Red Dihedral and more info about Positive Vibrations and SunSpot Dihedral here:

Jul 8, 2009 - 07:22pm PT
e-mail me and i'll try to get you a topo to astro hulk. pretty sure my friend has a copy of it.

Jul 20, 2009 - 11:33pm PT
Looking for some HULK topos as well and perhaps a partner (mine just got injured) Anyone got topos for Eye of the Storm or Astro Hulk. I'd love to do Venturi Effect and try Airstream. Will be there starting Aug 15th.

A friends backyard with the neighbors wifi
Jul 21, 2009 - 12:46am PT
good topo finding effort cultureshock.

nice gems, cool to see topos of those routes, haven't gotten out there yet, looks so good....

Jul 21, 2009 - 12:47am PT
Why you need topo?

The first ascent party didn't have topo ......

Big Wall climber
Jul 22, 2009 - 10:14am PT
Werner's kinda right, especially on the Hulk. If you go up there, you'll see cracks and corners running bottom to top...they're all equipped at this point, choose the nicest looking line and head up, and as mentioned, its all in the new version of the fine literary guidebook from Secor, no topos allowed. But there's a picture with the lines drawn looks like a picture without the lines drawn in.
The Alpine

Big Wall climber
Tampa, FL
Aug 17, 2009 - 01:33am PT

Does this overlay look about right?

What else is up there?


Aug 24, 2009 - 05:25pm PT
The COD and I did a link-up of Trade Winds (the first five pitches) to Astro Hulk and it was really fun! This was in order to avoid the 5.12 pitches on Trade Winds because I'm not a 5.12 climber. Our link-up was a good alternative to Positive Vibes for 5.11 climbers, although there was quite a bit of kitty litter and runout at the top of Astro Hulk so fledgling 5.11 leaders (like me) would be a bit spooked. The COD called it "heady" but had no trouble with it, and I found it fun to follow.

On the topo we had, there was a fixed piton on a 5.10 section of Astro Hulk, which I did encounter while leading the pitch. However, it fell out in my hand when I clipped it so it's not there any more! Luckily, that section was well-protected by a blue alien.

back east
Aug 24, 2009 - 05:53pm PT

Now you can see, too. [url][/url]


Trad climber
Wall Climber Wannabe
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 18, 2009 - 02:14pm PT
A few photo overlay topos that I made.

Check here for larger versions:

Also if you have any comments/corrections let me know.



Trad climber
Tuolumne Meadows
Aug 5, 2010 - 09:51am PT
You can find topos for the Venturi and Astro-Hulk at Mountainproject. Having a hard time finding one for Eye of the Storm though.
Bob Harrington

Bishop, California
Aug 5, 2010 - 12:28pm PT
A few historical notes:

On the FA of Positive Vibration, we got up to the terrace by going up the third class below the Red Dihedral, stepping over onto Tradewinds at around P2, and following that line up to the terrace to access the upper pitches.

We initially did that start in '77, when we did a route that follows Astrohulk above the terrace for several pitches, but near the top we pendulumed left into a left facing dihedral (visible in Cultureshock's first image, just below the skyline, left of the last pitch of Astohulk). We supposed that Greg Donaldson's party, on the very first ascent of the wall, started as per the standard start to PV, did a few pitches on Astrohulk, then swung to the right and eventually finished up near the top of the Red Dihedral. This inference is based on Donaldson's description and the fact that we found a sling set up for a pendulum on Astrohulk a few pitches above the terrace.

Also, on the FA of Polish Route, we rapped off the back after we reached the ridge. Brutus and Pat Brennan finished it to the summit years later. That's a good long route.

Alpine and Cultureshock, nice work on those phototopos.
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