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The "start" of the crag

This route is located in the Muir Valley at Inner Sanctum

Baer Necessity

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Tabernacle 5.12a (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Justin Riddell in 2007
Length: 80ft
Bolts: 8 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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From the Sanctuary follow the cliffline right for 200-300 yards (or ~5 minutes) past a small gully. This area is known as The Inner Sanctum. This is the first bolted route encountered. Climb through cryptic moves on the gently overhanging wall on the right side of a corridor.
Moves: Technical
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry:
Owner: Muir Valley

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3.67 stars (6 votes)
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5.12b (8 votes)

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Submitted by: SCIN
Date: Jan 31st, 2010


JR said on January 13th, 2008
Stick clip is advised. There is tons of action on this route. This route and Cosmic Trigger make this area worth the trip for the aspiring 5.12 climber. Please tell me what you think of it. Thank you Rick Weber for your continuing generosity.
Green3 said on April 21st, 2008
Spicy runout to the third, you don't want to fall going to the jug there, it's not a deck or anything, but it would definitely be an exciting ride. The first time I got on this climb, I thought it was hard and scary, grabbing draws everywhere. Second time with some chalk on the holds, it somehow turned into a 12a. With traffic and brushing, would be a good line, one or two fragile crimps though.
goodtimes said on March 11th, 2013
LONG stick clip, or stick, needed
Brentucky said on March 31st, 2013
Wow this thing is tough and sporty. After bolt 2 you will be thinking "it's gotta let up it's gotta let up." Nope, there isn't a gimme move anywhere on it. This climb starts tough and stays in your face all the way to the chains (with plenty of cryptic rests thank god!). I wouldn't recommend it for you first 5.12, but it's an action-packed adventure if you're in the mood.
climb2core said on April 1st, 2013
Whoever thinks all MV climbs are soft and over bolted needs to check out this line. Make your buddy stick clip, I mean tick up this thing for you if there is no chalk. This compares more to Soul Ram than it does J Rats Back.
dustonian said on May 28th, 2013
hard, scary, and very good...a step up from soul ram IMO
Astroman said on December 31st, 2019
If you can get to the 2nd bolt, then the runout to the 3rd will feel easy. Great route. But "12a" my ass!