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Grand Illusion

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

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Bloody Fingers 5.8 (Trad) **

First Ascent: Steve Faulkner, Dave Schoonerover in 1982
Length: 60ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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Walk 100 feet right of Grand Illusion past a couple of corners. Scramble to the top of some boulders and up a short slab to the base of this dihedral. Climb slightly friable rock to some slings at a ledge.
Moves: Fingers
Descent: Rap anchors
Stays Dry: Downpour
Owner: NFS

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Anonymous said on October 22nd, 2007
Yellow Jacket nest near the top. We bailed on a couple of old pieces that needed to be retired anyways. Saw someone elses bail nut a little higher up, but the bees wouldn't let us get that far up. Too bad. Seemed like a great climb.
dirtdog said on November 3rd, 2008
After taking a look at this climb, it was a must do. the slab section on the bottom just calls you... Didn't have any trouble with bees (sunny+65) and we passed a chock-knotted piece of webbing for fixed gear.
pawilkes said on June 8th, 2009
a decent anchor would do wonders for this climb. the anchor is a slung 8" plate backed up w/ knotted slings about 6 feet lower.