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Beef Stick

This route is located in the Muir Valley at Great Arch

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Night Moves 5.11b (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Josh Thurston, Danny Rice, Mike Thurston in 2005
Length: 60ft
Bolts: 7 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Stick clip first bolt. Start on the boulders left of the first bolt and traverse right to begin. Casual moves on big holds to a lay down rest! Soak up the rest and move through the bouldery finish.
Descent: Chain Anchors
Stays Dry: Light rain
Owner: Muir Valley

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Submitted by: caribe
Date: Nov 29th, 2009

Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 18th, 2005


Green3 said on November 29th, 2005
the one to the right of this is better
Meadows said on November 5th, 2007
This route rocked my weekend - I had to learn some bouldering moves. Maggie did some "extra" cleaning by ripping off a huge hold. Great find, Josh. BTW, nice name. ;-)
goodguy said on November 5th, 2007
Glad you liked it. Did you crawl onto the ledge for a rest? I actually marked all the placements for the bolts and came back a week later in the evening, and with a full moon bolted the whole route and got the FA in the dark! The route name does have a double meaning though!
Meadows said on November 6th, 2007
I crawled in there to make the move, actually. I tried it straight on the first time and it didn't work out.
caribe said on November 11th, 2007
I like the full leg jam. with the left foot extended into the shelf and jammed up against the roof--look mom, no hands!
jlu said on April 26th, 2010
cool little crux. don't worry about the bees nests, they're totally vacant. do worry about the poison ivy all around (especially for the belayer)... you're safer from it on this climb than the rightmost one.
CRZYFST said on May 29th, 2012
Cleaned out two wasps nests around the cruxs, hope they stay away. Love the route once I figured out the moves after the rest :).