This route is located in the Natural Bridge Region at Lady Slipper - Emerald City


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The Man Behind the Curtain 5.11a (Trad) ****

First Ascent: Kris Hampton in 2006
Length: 40ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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Begin by climbing Whiteout but finish to the tree ledge out right instead of at the anchors out left. From the big tree on the ledge, rap halfway down the wall to a small ledge. Crawl around the arete and end up at a small belay stance below this extremely steep, featureless, acute dihedral. Climb the crack to chain anchors. Hand sized pieces for the belay, fingers for the crack
Moves: Fingers
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS

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Submitted by: njclimber
Date: Jul 13th, 2017

Submitted by: caribe
Date: Jan 10th, 2013


Anonymous said on January 27th, 2007
I was wondering when someone was going to snag this line. I couldn't believe it wasn't in the guidebook when I first saw it. Never thought about rapping down from the ledge on Whiteout and going around the arete. Nice work! Can you get down from the chain anchors with a single 60 meter?
512OW said on March 9th, 2007
Yeah, you can. The anchors are screwed up right now, and I'll be fixing them in the next few weeks, hopefully. I'll post when I do...
512OW said on March 20th, 2007
Stays dry in a downpour, unless its already seeping...
njclimber said on July 12th, 2017
There are now proper anchors at the top of this pitch. We attempted a direct start with the intention of aiding the monster roof below but encountered probably the worst choss I have ever had the displeasure of climbing in the red. The roof crack could probably go if you are brave enough to wade through the choss to get to it. FYI: It is possible to climb to the belay ledge climbing direct from the ground but it's not recommended. This climb feels pretty stout...still working on it. Has anyone climbed this thing and have any comment? 60m gets you to the ground from the rap rings. Bring extra .4s
Nate W said on November 5th, 2019
Finally got on this after years of walking past it. We climbed directly up the belay ledge rather than rapping in. Can confirm the rock under the roof is made of Nilla Wafers (thanks for leading that one, Jesse). Be careful if you go that way. The rock in the corner is good. Felt stout to me compared to other 5.11- trad routes in the red. Cool route!