Positive Vibrations, Incredible Hulk 5.11a

 
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High Sierra, California USA

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Chris McNamara

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   Aug 20, 2004 - 12:07am
i talked to peter croft about the rating of this route. we both agree that the crux pitch, if led in one really long pitch, as is shown in the supertopo book, feels more like 5.11b. or you can break the pitch in two and the route is 5.11a.
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Chris McNamara

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   Sep 28, 2004 - 03:16pm
Just got this from a SuperTopo user who just did the route:

Wanted to let you know that the Supertopo for Positive
Vibes has pitch two at 180'. I think it's about 80'.
Looks like you have the distance for the sunspot pitch
2 in place of the positive vibes pitch 2. I wound up
belaying around pitch 2 for the sunspot, which worked
out great because I didn't have any drag for the 5.11
traverse. Also, not sure that the finger crack leading
up to the 11a crux section is 10d. I think it's more
like 10a/b. Good work on the topo.
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mission

Social climber
boulder,co
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   Sep 6, 2006 - 09:26pm
On the eighth pitch Chris McNamara's topo shows a short traverse to the left at a bolt to a possible belay. Instead, we followed the Croft topo at that point, climbing straight up for another 20 or 30 feet,then traversing right on sloping holds to gain a finger and hand splitter which leads to the top- highly recommended. The pitch is about 201 feet long!
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snowhazed

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Oaksterdam, CA
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   Jul 11, 2008 - 05:23pm
Undeniably one of the best routes at the grade in the Sierra's. WOW! No pitch disappointed, and several are the best I've ever climbed anywhere. I second the recommendation from mission about the 8th pitch. You can rappel down Venturi Effect after the eighth pitch with two 60s, or an 80, (possibly a 70 but it would involve some zig-zagging). Definitely better than the ridge traverse, summit, then descent, that is if your ropes don't get stuck which is highly probable. Burl-tastic!
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cultureshock

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Mountain View
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   Jul 7, 2009 - 04:52pm
As noted on the Red Dihedral page the SuperTopo directions for crossing the stream on a bit out of date. Some photos and description of the approach can be found on my blog from our ascent of Positive Vibrations:
http://dreaminvertical.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/how-to-enjoy-the-incredible-hulk-a-trip-up-positive-vibrations/

The climb was lots of fun! We saw two parties on it the day before our 4th of July ascent.

As noted below the crack "10d" finger crack near the end of p6 is more like 10b.
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Chris McNamara

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   Aug 18, 2009 - 06:45pm
a request from Hoover Wilderness to keep it clean when camping and climbing on the Hulk http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=932980
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Fulford

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Canmore, Alberta
Sep 14, 2009 - 03:12pm
 
This is one of the best routes on the continent. The only other route I've done this good is Sunshine Crack in the Bugaboos.

Given the long, sustained pitches, I think a better rack recommendation would be a full set of nuts plus a double set of cams from tiny to 3", with triples in the fingers (yellow metolius) to hands (#2 camalot) sizes. There is no need for anything bigger than a #3 camalot.

This route is twice as hard and three times a good as the Red Dihedral, which IMHO doesn't deserve 5 stars.
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Chris McNamara

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   Apr 20, 2010 - 09:46am
From Greg Barnes:

Bikes are NO LONGER allowed past Twin Lakes - as of March 30th, 2009. (you used to be able to use them for the first part of the approach)

Everything is now Wilderness - it was part of the Hoover additions to the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.

Check out the the following map - Twin Lakes is to the right of the upper red number 1:

http://www.calwild.org/pdfs/Map.pdf

No bikes. Period.
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bitin

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new york
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   Aug 27, 2010 - 09:32am
Rufus Lusk and I climbed the route in Aug 2010
Overall Supertopo describes the route very well and in great detail - thank you, Chris!

The route is incredibly good: sustained, variable, beautiful, well protected.

Few small comments.

Approach: river crossing is very easy - two huge logs cross the river next to each other. A nice trail goes up the sandy switchbacks.

Gear: One #3 BD is more than enough.

Pitch 2. It's 100', not 180' as Supertopo says.

Pitch 6. Ahhhh. Ohhhhh. Uhhhh. Ehhh. Verbal description impossible due to being emotionally overwhelmed.

Pitch 7. The beginning fell more like 5.9 steep hands but a long underprotected step right across the slab afterwards felt very tricky - like a 5.10c spooky move. It helps if you step down once you grab the crack to the right - the holds below are better.

Pitch 8. The topo maybe somewhat misleading. Ignore the useless bolt to the left. As the right facing corner finishes, just keep going up along two parallel finger cracks and then up the hand crack. It's a straight line. Every move is a 5.9 for 200 feet.

Traverse: Maybe there is a grade 4 scrambling path but we couldn't find it. What we did felt more like 5.7 traverse below the left side of the gendarme.

Rappel: fixed line.

Enjoy!
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Up2zmtns

Trad climber
Astro Van
Jun 10, 2012 - 09:04am
 
Anyone been up there yet this year? Approach conditions? Crampons? Axe? Bivy sites melte out?
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ilona

climber
Jun 12, 2012 - 01:47pm
 
climbed Red Dihedral on sunday (6/10). small amount of mostly avoidable snow on the approach, bivy sites are in perfect condition with nice spring running nearby. The route up to the top of the ridge was dry, but the 3rd class traverse leading to the summit pitches (shared with PV I believe) was the crux of the route - icy, snowy, loose, and the summit pitches had quite a bit of snow and some icy cracks. the descent is pretty clear. don't think you need an axe or crampons, just be prepared for a dicey few pitches to the summit, or rappel PV. A party climbed PV the same day as us, rapped the route, said it was in great shape.
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Incredible Hulk - Positive Vibrations 5.11a - High Sierra, California USA. Click to Enlarge
The route as seen from the bivy spot.
Photo: Chris McNamara
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