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This route is located in the Muir Valley at The Boneyard

Surfin' the Whales Back

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Oink! Oink! 5.8 (Trad) ****

First Ascent: Karen Clark in 2007
Length: 40ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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This line follows the thin finger crack beneath a roof 20 feet left of Winona.
Moves: Fingers
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry:
Owner: Muir Valley

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Submitted by: colombo
Date: Aug 13th, 2008


weber said on September 25th, 2007
Short and very sweet! Crack widens in a couple places to get a toe in, otherwise it's pretty thin. Protects well except through the 8-foot crux section. Tiny nuts, pinky tricams, and C-4's. Watched several folks climb it, and the consensus was mostly 5.9. Because this climb is a beautiful straight line on a "stays dry" section of wall, located conveniently on the trail between Calvin Hollow and the Boneyard staircase, it will probably see a lot of use. Note that is actually about 80 feet left of "Son of a Wanted Man."
Mrs Pigsteak said on November 21st, 2007
Thanks to Mr Pigsteak for drilling the anchors - now get the laundry done!
michaelarmand said on March 17th, 2008
Good route, thought it was at least 8+.
said on July 19th, 2010
cool route....first trad lead!!!
rjackson said on April 14th, 2013
Fun! And well protected...
Anonymous said on August 21st, 2017
Fun. A little manky but interesting moves. Way easier than the Shining, even if you discount the bouldery start.