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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

This route is located in the Muir Valley at Bibliothek

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 5.11b (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Ron Bateman, Josh Thurston, Betsey Adams in 2008
Length: 70ft
Bolts: 7 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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20 feet left of The Unbearable Lightness. Pinch and crimp up the overhanging face and don't waste time searching for huge double handed ledge jugs. The route to the right stole them all.
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry: Stays dry
Owner: Muir Valley
beautiful (1) fun (1) classic (1) juggy (1)
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Submitted by: ddchil01
Date: Jun 22nd, 2017


redpointron said on June 8th, 2008
as the pig would say, this rig is sent. the name is "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man". 5.11b FA: Ron Bateman, Josh Thurston, Betsey Adams
heacocis said on June 8th, 2008
Great work Ron! This is a great route and I can't wait to get back on it.
512OW said on July 7th, 2008
Did it while it was soaking wet, but it was still enjoyable! Fun pumpy middle section.
Lil Josh said on June 29th, 2009
I liked this one. Pretty good holds most of the way.
Jollygreen68 said on October 18th, 2010
Awesome fun route! Somewhat steep, so there are clean falls, somewhat tall so the fun doesn't end to quickly. Mostly jugs–decent holds mixed with a few areas where you actually have to figure out how to rock climb and find a sequence to get you through to the chains. So fun and worth doing over and over. For someone at the 11 level, this is a great route to get stronger and more adept at becoming a real climber, and a great wall and route for the strong climber to get some laps in before heading to Midnight Surf. One of my favs for this level, the whole wall looks like tons of fun!
jlu said on April 23rd, 2012
pumpy jughaul - this is the reason you come down to RRG. A couple shakes on the way up, but no rest beyond bolt 3. No move harder than a 5.11b, and no move easier than a 5.11b
Anonymous said on May 17th, 2014
You can destroy your Onsight by watching me (grumpy old man from Germany) during my 2nd go on this route here:
XplosionOflaver said on April 21st, 2015
Other than the FA(on some occasions) , there is no onsighting at the just looking at the route/ticked holds you blow the onsight
Anonymous said on April 21st, 2015
yeah cuz only the good holds get chalked right numbnutz?
XplosionOflaver said on April 21st, 2015
oh course...anon
anticlmber said on April 22nd, 2015
Uhhhh, you are allowed to look at the holds before an onsight xplosionofcum. What constitutes an onsight is not seeing the moves/getting beta/watching someone climb the route. If you do, your first go would then be a flash. Please see the back of belay card for a full glossary of terms.
XplosionOflaver said on April 22nd, 2015
Well it seems that I touched on such a sensitive me anti so i can send you a bottle of johnson's & johnson's more tears
anticlmber said on April 22nd, 2015
just trying to help you not sound ignorant. community service if you will.
Anonymous said on April 22nd, 2015
xplosionofcum, haha haha you sir are a wordsmith.