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This route is located in the Miller Fork at Monastery

Pickled Pig's Feet

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The Heretic 5.8 (Trad) ****

First Ascent: Blake Bowling in 2013
Length: 45ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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Continue along the wall on the road to the right of the previous lines for a couple of minutes until reaching a small section of the cliff facing north and angling uphill. Four bolted lines are on this wall. This route is the obvious handcrack splitting the left side of the wall creating a dihedral of sorts.
Moves: unknown
Descent: unknown
Stays Dry:
Owner: RRGCC

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Submitted by: Raiden
Date: May 5th, 2015

Submitted by: ray
Date: Oct 24th, 2014

Submitted by: caribe
Date: May 25th, 2014


dustonian said on April 1st, 2014
If this is the hand crack on the right side of the arete, did you guys do the offwidth on the left side of the arete?
caribe said on May 25th, 2014
Top quality hand crack. Do laps on this thing to warm up.
dfspau2 said on June 18th, 2014
Could be one of the best sub 10 hand crack in the red once it cleans up...
A0hero said on May 8th, 2015
what dfspau2 said... I cleaned all the spiders out for the next person!
campby said on October 13th, 2015
Fair warning... This crack flares on the inside in sections. Keep that in mind when scoping protection. Uses surprisingly small gear. Wasn't all that impressed with it. But, that's just me.
michaelarmand said on November 16th, 2015
Very good climb despite some friable rock on the face that is still breaking. I thought this was tough for a 5.8, but I have bad jamming technique.
Chiyram said on April 15th, 2017
Amazing hand crack! Must do.
MikeWilkinson said on September 17th, 2017
great 5.8