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Plate Tectonics

This route is located in the Muir Valley at Tectonic Wall and Johnny's Wall

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5th Bolt Faith 5.10c (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Jared Hancock, Mark Ryan, Karla Carandang in 2005
Length: 55ft
Bolts: 6 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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15 ft right of Plate Tectonics. This route follows an interesting variety of holds. Pinches, slopers, plates, underclings, you name it. Fun moves. M
Moves: Crimps or Edges
Descent: Ring Anchor
Stays Dry: Light rain
Owner: Muir Valley
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3.48 stars (127 votes)
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5.10c (99 votes)

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J-Rock said on May 3rd, 2005
The 5th bolt can't be seen from the ground, but it is there.
Anonymous said on May 16th, 2005
does these route go to the left to the large plates (dirty area) to get to the 5th bolt or does it go a little left then back to the center to the 5th bolt? Tried to avoid dirty area and found beyond my level so went left but seemed far away from bolt placement. Think that going to the far left was consistent with the grade rating of the other routes in these area.
J-Rock said on May 17th, 2005
Really the wall is so featured that you could climb it several different ways, but for the most part we went straight up on this one.
bhuff04 said on June 5th, 2005
I really wish someone didn't tick every huge hold on this route. I could see if it was a tick on a not so obvious hold, but ticking the whole route takes some of the fun out of it
J-Rock said on June 6th, 2005
I agree, those tick marks were not from me.
pigsteak said on June 20th, 2005
Well done guys! This route has to be one of my favorite so far at Muir...very pleasant warm up.
pigsteak said on June 20th, 2005
oops....sorry for the last comment...I meant to post that plate Tectonics was one of my favorites...this particular route was more thought provoking.
merrick said on October 31st, 2005
good route with a solid crux.
ray said on November 25th, 2006
I though the best line on the wall. Cool slopey pinches.
calvinivlac said on May 11th, 2007
Nice climb, thought it was the nicest one on the wall.
dbarless said on July 25th, 2007
Probably the best climb at this wall, really fun moves, well-defined crux. Great fun all around!
jlu said on November 19th, 2007
This was my favorite of the 3 on this wall, and I thought actually easier than the other 2
Lander said on April 13th, 2008
one of the most appropriately named climbs in the red. btw, you can see the 5th bolt from the ground if you step back to the trail and look up.
noercarr said on May 10th, 2008
VERY fitting name for the route, i honestly didnt find it much harder than the 5.9+ right next to it, except the fact i was scared that i didnt see the "5th bolt" until i was on top of it.
rjackson said on August 10th, 2008
Great fun with lots of directional holds. Very cool climb.
anticlmber said on September 2nd, 2008
fun climb, 10b
mpittdawg said on June 1st, 2009
Great route that gets overshadowed by the other great ones next to it.
jrathfon said on September 27th, 2009
fun route, not as much of a jug haul as the other two, stays bone dry in pouring rain. pinches are cool.
nik said on May 8th, 2012
fun climb. i think i accidentally "cheated" through the crux though. i went a bit to the left to a chalked out jug instead of using the slopey pinches. as a result it didn't feel much harder than the other two, but i imagine that if one were to use the slopey pinches it'd feel more like a 'c'.