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The "start" of the crag

This route is located in the Muir Valley at Shawnee Shelter

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Kya 5.13a (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Andrew Wheatley in 2009
Length: 90ft
Bolts: 10 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Climb through continuous bouldery moves until you can grab a shake, bust through a few more hard moves and enjoy the difficult but amazing finish.
Moves: Bouldery
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry:
Owner: Muir Valley

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5.13a (4 votes)

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Submitted by: Elodie
Date: Sep 23rd, 2010

Submitted by: Elodie
Date: Sep 23rd, 2010

Submitted by: Elodie
Date: Sep 23rd, 2010


Andrew said on October 29th, 2009
I am only leaving the draws on this for a short bit to encourage traffic. Climbs great. I am not 100% sure on the grade. Not height dependent, because I know you are all wondering.
pumpout2004 said on October 30th, 2009
climbed this with andrew couple months ago. Super cool movement with some intense crimping on the bottom, followed by a crazy move unlike anything i've done before, and finishing with some awesome surf-esq pumpy jug hauling. I agree with the 13a grade.
ray said on September 27th, 2010
Spectacular! Aggro moves! Gotta really want it or you'll fall short. Don't pass this route up. Nice work Andrew. I guess you do have some endurance.
Anonymous said on June 5th, 2011
upper end 13a for sure, especially for muir
Anonymous said on November 23rd, 2012
That upper crux is HARD. Couldn't even pull the move. Climbing up to it is five star fun
Anonymous said on March 25th, 2016
This route looks super fun. What would you grade the crux at the end on a bouldering scale? And the moves on the way? Like sustained V5 climbing? Im curious because I'm not trying to leave a bail draw, low money and all that.
Anonymous said on March 26th, 2016
Try leaving just a biner instead, you might save a lot of money that way
Anonymous said on March 26th, 2016
Or just pull up a stick clip like every other wanker in the Red
Andrew said on March 27th, 2016
hardest move is probably v5
Anonymous said on May 20th, 2019
This weekend I cleaned off all the MANY spider webs from this gem. Now is a great time to jump on it before it gets dirty again.