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Minas Ithil

This route is located in the Lower Gorge Region at Muscle Beach

Casual Corner

2 votes

Close Encounters With a Wench 5.9+ (Trad) ****

First Ascent: Martin Hackworth, Joe Pulliam in 1983
Length: 70ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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As you near the end of the approach trail you will probably come to a huge roof with a house sized boulder beneath it. Walk to the top of this boulder to reach the crack in the roof. Undercling, jam and armbar the crack to a ledge where you can bail out left to some rap anchors or continue 10 more feet to the top.
Bring some large pieces.
Moves: Wide Crack or Offwidth
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: NFS
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Submitted by: tpowell
Date: Dec 1st, 2014

Submitted by: ray
Date: Dec 19th, 2005


Myke Dronez said on August 31st, 2008
body contortion in the lower portion, heels and toes, scratched up nose.
ahab said on June 30th, 2010
to say, "...or continue 10 feet to the top" is pretty misleading. it's more like 40 feet. not knowing this, i decided to continue from the rap anchors with one more piece of gear. it's easy going, but sloping, lichen covered rock a la muscle beach style made for a real clincher. a superb crack.
tpowell said on April 7th, 2014
An inch by inch ass shuffle. Those good at twerking will do well.
Anonymous said on February 21st, 2021
does not get much sun in winter. inside crack too cold to climb on partially sunny 30 deg day.