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Bourbon and Bluegrass

This route is located in the Muir Valley at The Hideout

Dance of the Druids

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Call of the Wild 5.7 (Mixed) ****

First Ascent: Jared Hancock, Karla Carandang, Amy Moore, Jenny Wagner in 2005
Length: 80ft
Bolts/Gear: 2/Small/medium/large gear. (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This route shares a start with "Bourbon and Bluegrass". Climb into the bolt protected chimney and follow the arching crack up and right. It is possible to clip the anchors on the following route "Dance of the Druids" or answer the call and journey upward past an easy overhang to the top where you will find another set of belay/rappel anchors above the final ledge. Interesting moves.
Moves: Chimney
Descent: Ring anchors
Stays Dry:
Owner: Muir Valley

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Submitted by: j-dubs
Date: Sep 2nd, 2008


J-Rock said on May 3rd, 2005
Super cool climb and very unique!
squeezindlemmon said on May 6th, 2005
Chimney's very difficult for small people like me! :)
John E said on June 3rd, 2005
Not your typical Muir Valley route. I can't decide whether I liked it or hated it.
J-Rock said on June 6th, 2005
I liked it, but Karla hated it.
ynot said on November 15th, 2005
This route rocks! Different, long, cool moves, and harder than it looks at first glance.
Stewy911 said on November 21st, 2005
go to the second set of anchors. the view is great and pulling the overhang is fun
Wolf said on July 2nd, 2007
Fun. Go to the second set of anchors.
tunedvwgti said on November 12th, 2007
FANTASTIC ROUTE! It doesn't do this route justice to only look at it from the base, IT MUST BE CLIMBED! Crack, chimney, Roof! CLASSIC!
Jeff said on September 8th, 2008
After looking at the picture had to do it. The picture makes it look like a really long route and was a little let down when actually looking at it from the ground. After doing the route though, it was well worth it and it actually looked a little longer than at first. Weird huh?
kdrink said on May 25th, 2009
I heard the call and passed the first anchors. Pulling the overhang wasn't easy. Luckily I placed a small cam just under the block so my fall was just shy of the ledge. Great variety and challenge for a new leader.
possum2082 said on July 12th, 2009
what a fun route! watch out for giant spiders. go to the second set of anchors, however, clip the left anchor of dance of the druids for a directional to reduce rope drag.
KifuCoffeeRoaster said on May 13th, 2012
Very weird. Fun. Crappy rope drag. Worth it.
DrRockso said on June 13th, 2013
Awesome route! Tree at the top is dead now, once it dislodges it will help with rope drag some.
therealface2 said on August 5th, 2013
Fun route, great chimney....the angle really threw me off at first. Bring at least 1 4ft sling if you want to protect the top of the chimney between the top bolt and the chain. i forgot one and the rope drag kept me from the true finish.
rjackson said on November 3rd, 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed this one! If it was longer it would give Shock & Awe a run for its money...
campby said on June 21st, 2014
Have done this twice now and would totally do it a third. So fun and love the chimney. First time I went to the first anchor, second time I went to the top. In my opinion, skip the second anchor. Everything you will get from this route, you will get by the time you reach the first anchor. Save a 0.75 Size cam if you want to protect between the last Chimney bolt and anchor.