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Tecumseh's Curse

This route is located in the Muir Valley at Shawnee Shelter


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Waterfall Ballet 5.10a (Sport) **

First Ascent: Mark Ryan, Jeff Columbo in 2009
Length: 50ft
Bolts: 6 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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If you can look past the spiders and large sketchy flakes then this route is actually a great line due to the gymnastic feeling moves and fun cruxes. It's not often you get this much fun out of a 5.10a.
Descent: Chains
Stays Dry:
Owner: Muir Valley

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Submitted by: Troy_H
Date: Sep 30th, 2018

Submitted by: Elodie
Date: Sep 23rd, 2010

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Date: Sep 23rd, 2010

Submitted by: Elodie
Date: Sep 23rd, 2010


Jeff said on May 7th, 2010
Some really cool moves (being about 5'10"), but man, after the 4th bolt, I could only think about the huge flakes breaking loose from the cliff and killing me and the wife.
Izzy said on August 13th, 2010
Yeah fun route, but those big flakes were kinda scary. I left a cleaning biner on this since it veers way left for the last few bolts.
StepLEFTskyline said on August 17th, 2010
I think someone took the cleaning biner. But it is defiantly a fun and different route.
rjackson said on August 22nd, 2011
I liked this route a lot... The choss and flakes weren't near scary enough to keep me from having big ol' monkey climbing fun!
nik said on May 8th, 2012
this is a hidden gem to me. are there spider webs and giant belay-killing flakes? sure. but this thing was a blast. cool crux matching in a spider-hole pocket, awesome flake climbing near the top. if you're in muir to do some 10s do yourself a favor and make the walk over to this route.
monty4355 said on July 17th, 2012
This route was awkward, weird, and dirty! Yuck! (it was a bit damp so may be biased)
DrRockso said on July 17th, 2012
Awkward. Weird. A lot of fun. You will either love it or hate it with a passion, very unique moves to the Red.
Willy said on June 14th, 2013
Basically a 1 star route shipped over from the New
jenbongo said on August 10th, 2015
There is no way this thing is .10a. It's harder than A.W.O.L. and way harder than Dynabolt Gold. So if you're walking over from Great Wall, be prepared for a shock. There are two powerful reachy moves in a row, and then you still have to pull over the flake before you get a good rest. (I'm 5'5, but my taller friend struggled the whole way up, too.) It was a lot of fun, though, if you like the awkward trad feel of the top half.
Anonymous said on December 2nd, 2017
not as awkward or hard if you know how to handjam behind those flakes.
Anonymous said on September 30th, 2018
Way harder than any of the closer 10a's nearby.