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Call of the Wild

This route is located in the Muir Valley at The Hideout

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Dance of the Druids 5.9 (Sport) **

First Ascent: Jared Hancock, Skip Wolfe, Mark Ryan, Karla Carandang in 2005
Length: 60ft
Bolts: 7 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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This is the slabby face to the right of the arching crack. Follow big holds to a nice grassy ledge then dance your way up the thinning, but well-protected, slab above. It can also be top-roped after leading "Call of the Wild".
Moves: Slab
Descent: Ring anchors
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: Muir Valley

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2.83 stars (72 votes)
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5.9+ (70 votes)

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Submitted by: SCIN
Date: Feb 1st, 2010


diggum said on May 4th, 2005
DIRTY. There are better routes to be had. Be careful on this one.
J-Rock said on May 6th, 2005
4 different people scrubbed that route. Karla even scrubbed it for over 3 hours. It is also VERY heavily bolted. It is a new route, yes I do agree that there are better routes to be had, but there are not that many easy slabs in the Red. We also left a wire brush at the base of this route in case anybody felt that it was still dirty. The holds that you use are all clean though. Afterall you are outside now.
squeezindlemmon said on May 6th, 2005
Digs, the route was put up on May 1st, you were probably the 5th person to climb it. Hope the wire brush at the bottom of the route was handy. We will be coming back in the next few weekends to this area to give it a little bit more scrubbing since it was about dusk by the time it was completely bolted. It would really help if people can do their part and scrub too... You'll see it's very rewarding! I personally enjoyed the moves on this one - lots of fun crimpy and balancey moves!
diggum said on May 6th, 2005
Did use the brush a bit. I just didn't want anyone getting hurt on it. It will definately be a lot better in time. It's understood that everything is new out there. If you love slab then give it a shot!
J-Rock said on May 7th, 2005
As long as your belayer does not give you a soft catch then you are in no danger of hitting the ledge. (Just don't lean against a tree and fall off of the ledge and land upside down on a boulder).
Anonymous said on June 2nd, 2005
how could anyone get hurt when it is so overbolted?
merrick said on November 3rd, 2005
man if someone would take a shovel and a street broom up the muddy ledge and spend a half an hour really cleaning it off this would be a great climb. the top slab was really interesting and the bottom was fine but dirty. but all the muddy ledge was good for was trying to re-create the dance of the druids, which I felt i did ok but maybe I was a little more wizardy than druidy...
RRO said on November 3rd, 2005
The dance was great ! There is a broom and a shovel in the shed, borrow it anytime :)
mr optimistic said on September 26th, 2006
watch out for the anal death spike of a stump on the ride down. i value my butthole.
Captain Bad Beta said on October 10th, 2006
Bring your gardening gear... the bottom of this route was the dirtiest I've climbed in a while. The top was fun, nice to see an easier slab in the Red for newer people to try.
keith_b00ne said on October 22nd, 2007
Still dirty at the bottom, but I absolutely love the route. The guide book only gives it 2 stars, but I gave it 4. There is a mild amount of potential to hit the ledge. I was above the clip at the ledge once when my feet blew and I slid down lightly hitting the ledge. No worries though, this route is still heavily protected.
Josephine said on November 25th, 2007
bottom is a bit dirty, but holds are big enough for it not to be scary. the dance at the top was a bit exciting for me. but i'm not really good with slabs. worth doing once - maybe more than once if you actually like slab climbing
anticlmber said on October 26th, 2009
awesome route, maybe it was the anal death spike, maybe it was the sun. great route, one of the best of the moderates.
Jumprope said on August 19th, 2011
is cleaned up now. Don't know why the low rating was a good route. Slab part was interesting. Bolted up good.
rjackson said on November 3rd, 2013
All the comments about this one being dirty are certainly unfounded now.
Chiyram said on February 23rd, 2015
I popped off just above the ledge before the next bolt and hit the ledge. Couldn't have had a better catch either. Be careful.
phank said on November 2nd, 2016
Cleaned this route on top route and then clipped two bolts of Call of the Wild (4 star 5.7 trad route) on the way down. Made for a really fun intro to chimney climbing for a group of three sport climbers.
DrRockso said on April 25th, 2017
Please use the new anchor on the right for Dance of the Druids (glue-in anchor) to allow the left anchor (rap rings) to be used for Call of the Wild. Thanks!
tunedvwgti said on July 27th, 2017
Enjoyed this, even though it's a little sandy. Fun balance, delicate moves. Good 5.9 slab