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The "start" of the crag

This route is located in the Muir Valley at Slab City

Child of the Earth

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Return to Balance 5.11a (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Jared Hancock, Skip Wolfe, Mark Ryan in 2005
Length: 50ft
Bolts: 5 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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From the top of the trail, head left past several bolted lines. This is the route furthest left on this wall. Locate the sculpted scoop/groove feature on the left side of an attractive wall. Go big at the 3rd bolt and ponder the balancy crux above. Reach left around the arete for a sloper and a hidden pocket or crimp and edge straight up the groove to bigger and better holds.
Moves: Bouldery or Technical
Descent: 2 bolt anchor with quicklinks
Stays Dry:
Owner: Muir Valley

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Submitted by: tunedvwgti
Date: Aug 7th, 2017

Submitted by: SCIN
Date: Oct 17th, 2006


J-Rock said on February 10th, 2006
Grade is dependent upon which way you go at the crux. It can be done to the left, straight up, or right.
Huggybone said on February 10th, 2006
Awesome route. Fun moves at the bottom, and a really thought provoking crux.
climbhigh said on April 28th, 2006
Nice line. Good job Jared.
ynot said on May 23rd, 2006
Hey I had a good time on it without the crux. It's cool.
Power2U said on June 8th, 2006
Not sure which way I went up this thing but it was hard.... and fun:)
MADMIKE said on July 13th, 2006
Loved the crux...took me a minute to figure it out, great climb.
gladhander said on November 13th, 2006
Crux!? What about CRUXES? Absolutely brilliant climb and very well-bolted. Changes style several times and finishes w/ nice fat plates.
One-Fall said on December 9th, 2006
Good find. THe Red needs more aretes like this one.
dbarless said on September 24th, 2007
absolutely great climb, worth coming to slab city just for this one line!!!
Don McGlone said on October 8th, 2007
Fantastic route. Loved the dyno and the cool arete moves at the scoop.
anticlmber said on November 20th, 2007
pawilkes said on February 3rd, 2008
this route is a bit of a thinker. i didn't think the moves were too hard but they take a while to figure out.
mojohand said on December 5th, 2008
Super-fun route, not to be missed.
Captain Bad Beta said on April 14th, 2009
WOW... great route. I found it had two cruxes... both were awesome. I didn't use the arete until the very top (I went straight through 'the crux') and found it crazy thin climbing... but it went and really made me think.
said on September 21st, 2009
Felt like 11b, though I didn't touch the arete through the scoop part until the top.
tazunemono said on July 31st, 2017
Great movement throughout! I didn't use the arete until the top.