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The "start" of the crag

This route is located in the Muir Valley at Solarium

Manifest Destiny

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Air-Ride Equipped 5.11a (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Barry Brolley, J.J. in 2004
Length: 70ft
Bolts: 9 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Leftmost sport route on the giant overhanging Solarium Wall. Begin in a shallow flared dihedral and journey up increasingly steeper terrain as you jug-haul out several roofs of varying sizes. Pumpy.
Moves: Jugs
Descent: 2 bolt cable anchor
Stays Dry: Downpour
Owner: Muir Valley
steep (3) juggy (2) pumpy (1) classic (1)
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5.11a (171 votes)

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Submitted by: Anonymous
Date: Dec 16th, 2015

Submitted by: ferris
Date: Jun 26th, 2013

Submitted by: DMercado
Date: Nov 13th, 2012


Danny said on May 12th, 2005
This route kicks ass. Super fun with incredible "leg on ledge" rests all the way.
ray said on May 22nd, 2005
Man, am I in the Obed!? Sweet route!
Paul3eb said on May 23rd, 2005
man.. good route and great holds.
Wes said on May 30th, 2005
A bit dirty, but very fun.
Gaar said on May 31st, 2005
Fucking bitch too clean. And personaly i do NOT like those anchors. But this is straight outta the obed!!! Awsome route.
J-Rock said on June 1st, 2005
It is much easier if somebody cleans it on TR after it has been led. No big swings at all. Also, those anchors are safer than lowering from a single quicklink anyday. With a quicklink the rope will be running over the same path each time creating a groove. With the rings the rope will be running over several different paths since they rotate freely and thus not creating a groove (they are also rated stronger than the quicklinks too).
haas said on June 3rd, 2005
This thing has 9 bolts. I thought the climbing was great, but it was a bit overbolted. It was possible to zclip literally at every bolt, sorry JJ. It's still sweet though
J-Rock said on June 4th, 2005
Dude, nobody is forcing you to clip all of the bolts. You can always skip them if you so desire.
J-Rock said on June 4th, 2005
Dude, nobody is forcing you to clip all of the bolts. You can always skip them if you so desire.
Meadows said on June 16th, 2005
Definitely clean on TR! I wrecked my rope cleaning on lead.
J-Rock said on June 16th, 2005
Cleaning on lead?
Anonymous said on June 17th, 2005
Very interesting. How do you remove quickdraws while leading?
Sunshine said on June 22nd, 2005
It is possible to lead downclimb. I have done it on other routes. It is for advanced climbers only!
Power2U said on June 30th, 2005
flat ledges and crimps...not a pocket to be found... I love it!
Anonymous said on October 5th, 2005
amazing the ledges you can lay down on....uber cool...go team texas
merrick said on November 21st, 2005
loved it!!! i have never had so many no hands rests on a route. suer fun.
Feanor007 said on June 7th, 2006
super fun, huge holds
endercore said on August 20th, 2006
watch out for wasp nest at the top, I've heard of a few people getting stung. i was really bummed i didnt get to climb it today for that reason.
Feanor007 said on August 20th, 2006
yah, saw a guy get stung a few weeks ago
caribe said on May 20th, 2007
The pile of rock that the second anchor is drilled into looks like a safety hazard. It sketched me out. It was the first time I ever had the notion that I should undo a clip fearing that the structure goes and takes me with it. The group that was on it before us had the same impression.
kirker said on July 5th, 2007
5th bolt needs tightened. Looked like 9/16's. Sorry I couldn't give it another go and do it myself.
bcombs said on July 23rd, 2007
Great route, Agreed about the similarities to the Obed. Big ledges on steep solid stone.
kidney_dave said on July 1st, 2008
jug-tastic!! super fun route...
dewis13 said on November 5th, 2008
great route.. love the bat hang in the middle
Kai said on November 7th, 2008
Fun climb! Four stars! Not 5.11, what's with all the soft ratings in Muir (except the Surf)?
heacocis said on February 9th, 2009
Great, fun route with huge jugs and a few crimps along the way too.
Lil Josh said on April 16th, 2009
Spider-man set this route.
dustonian said on November 18th, 2009
Don't fall on the second bolt!! Scary.
jlu said on April 27th, 2010
classic RRG pumpy jug haul - would be 5.8 if not overhung. good warmup for the wall
cliftongifford said on January 16th, 2011
where is the 5.11 move?
tyler.yarbrough said on February 15th, 2011
My first 5.11 yesterday - loved the heel toe cams to help deal with the overhang. Great lead for me, very unique in the fact that it's probably the most overhung you can get for the grade
theactualchrisbrown said on March 26th, 2012
Awesome route, and I usually hate super-steep stuff like this. The bat hang is awesome, though I found it a bit painful on my calf (but I have big legs). Be careful to not z-clip, those bolts are damned close. I'll be back on this for sure.
Anonymous said on July 11th, 2014
This route was a blast the whole way up. Steep with large ledges and some great no hands rests. Like others have posted, watch out for the wasps at the anchors and have someone clean on TR. You should only need 4 quickdraws as the rest of the route has permadraws. 5 stars!
Spikeddem said on July 12th, 2014
In response to the most recent comment, due to the crux being immediately off the ground, it is probably better to not clean on TR, and instead stick clip and climb through to the third, and then just clean the first to on lower.
Rx2Climb said on February 16th, 2015
Awesome route! Pumpy, but plenty of rest with whole leg jams through the crux section.
Tjwillis8821 said on April 6th, 2018
The last perma on the lip had some of the cables fraying from the clipping side.
DrRockso said on March 20th, 2020
New SS glue ins 3/2020.