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Critters on the Cliff

This route is located in the Muir Valley at Bruisebrothers Wall

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Rat Stew 5.10a (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Jared Hancock, Joel Bruhn, Tim Powers in 2004
Length: 75ft
Bolts: 9 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Rightmost route on Bruisebrothers Wall. Balance up the knobby face to a small ledge. Continue cranking up a slightly overhanging face on good holds through two solid black sections to an anchor under the final roof. Enjoyable moves. Easier than it looks.
Moves: Jugs
Descent: Ring anchors
Stays Dry: Light rain
Owner: Muir Valley
long (1) pumpy (1) juggy (1)
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5.10a (163 votes)

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Submitted by: rjackson
Date: Oct 1st, 2020

Submitted by: cfibbe
Date: Sep 3rd, 2012


kentuckysarah said on March 22nd, 2005
Really fun route. I liked the change from slabby to slightly overhanging.
Stewy911 said on March 28th, 2005
This route is alot of fun
Sco Bro said on March 28th, 2005
A great route, just a good time through and through.
WhereamI said on May 24th, 2005
very fun and worthwhile route
weber said on June 7th, 2005
Lots of variety. Start out on little chickenheads on a slab - finish steep, using every kind of hold imaginable. Long and really fun.
cassio598 said on June 20th, 2005
Love the variety of climbing styles.
squeezindlemmon said on August 22nd, 2005
Climbed this route for the nth time this weekend and just can't get enough of it!
pigsteak said on September 19th, 2005
this entire wall is a bit over rated, as far as grading goes..not complaining..just commenting. example: this cllimb was in the 5.9 range...
RRO said on November 10th, 2005
I think it compares well with To Defy as far as pump and technical movement, 10a is right on. Great route regardless of grade.
Anonymous said on November 10th, 2005
i love this route ive only been to the red three times but this is my 2nd fave rout but i am goin for the ro shampo next time i go
Feanor007 said on April 3rd, 2006
great route
bryanboonern said on May 1st, 2006
Awesome route. 3 great rests. Perfect intro to 5.10 leading.
K-Dawg said on June 29th, 2006
I guess the crux would be leaving the first ledge after the slab section. this might be the one of the most enjoyable routes we did all week. bomber hold after bomber hold (with an incline of course).
Captain Bad Beta said on July 6th, 2006
I really liked this route. The hold were big so there were tons of rests along the way. I also like the slabby start. Two thumbs up!
dbarless said on May 10th, 2007
After the crappy slab this route is stellar. Lots of fun moves on great holds. I think it is only rated a .10a because of the length, but overall its a rockin good time
Josephine said on June 3rd, 2007
fun lead for a BEGINNING 10 leader.
clattin1 said on September 12th, 2007
It was my first 10 lead, and I agree that it's tons of fun and perfect for a newbie.
jordancolburn said on January 13th, 2008
Good long route. My first 5.10 lead, good clipping holds the whole way.
CLIMBTRAD said on October 16th, 2008
great route
saxfiend said on October 29th, 2008
Loads of fun! Onsighting this was the high point of a rainy day.
kharvey said on December 31st, 2008
My first 5.10a send!! Lots of fun!!
ender52 said on March 8th, 2010
Was climbing this one day, looked up and saw a snake falling from the top of the cliff. It hit the ground, laid there stunned for a few minutes, then slithered off. So weird.
Rooky said on May 1st, 2011
Anonymous said on June 6th, 2011
One of best routes I've ever climbed. For those of us who max out in the 5.10 range- this line is just challenging enough without losing the "fun" element.
rjackson said on February 26th, 2012
If you liked this, then you should love the ones to the left!
Preston said on September 11th, 2012
A bit of bouldering at the base that requires good balance and a bit of finger strength leads into a beautiful, mostly vertical pitch with plenty of jugs, rest holds, and places to sit. Top anchors were in good condition when I was there: 9/9/2012.
Scorl said on May 20th, 2013
With regards to rain:during a few days of light rain the route stayed mostly dry, but the belayer and the bottom part of the route got wet.
ritzdawg said on July 13th, 2013
Climbed this yesterday 7/12/13 and was attacked by some bees I think around 4th bolt. The hive was off to the right some. Also noticed another guy two routes left getting stung from a separate hive.
Elhotrod said on March 30th, 2014
Smooth climb and enjoyable. And if you do get tired, there's a great rest half-way between 7th and 8th bolt. Just put arm in a nice pockets.
Rumplesmooveskin said on November 5th, 2015
As of 10/23/2015, there was a very active bee hive on the ground to the right of the base of this route. You can see a small hole by one of the tree roots. They seem fairly tolerant of climber activity, but I wouldn't push your luck.
Anonymous said on May 28th, 2019
Super sick route, yet very dangerous for first few clips above ledge. Ankle breaker territory. I've seen it with my own one eye
Anonymous said on June 2nd, 2019
This route is about as safe as it gets with a proper belay, very well bolted after the ledge, though there is a ledge, it's not exactly R-rated :P