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Hakuna Matata

This route is located in the Southern Region at Drive-By Crag

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Extra Backup 5.12a (Sport) ***

First Ascent: Dave Hume in 1997
Length: 70ft
Bolts: 6 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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A shorter climb on the golden face right of Hakuna Matata. Climb small crimps past well-spaced bolts to the anchors.
Moves: Crimps or Edges
Descent: Cold shuts
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: RRGCC

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5.12a (29 votes)

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Gaar said on August 17th, 2004
Bolts are not that runout! Very cool and half pads the whole way up! I collected 3 bail binners off it!
anticlmber said on December 25th, 2004
way better and more varied than BB, Rather climb it any day.
Anonymous said on November 20th, 2006
is there a trick to getting to the third bolt?? I'm short and just couldn't reach, or maybe I suck
heavyc said on March 18th, 2009
between fourth and fifth bolts there is a neat variation to the left as opposed to the crimp ladder to the right, probably same grade
mike_anderson said on May 22nd, 2009
Tough boulder problem between bolts 2 and 3 if you're have to hike your feet up while you're crimping on rounded edges.
dustonian said on June 6th, 2010
Yowza--hard when it's humid! Probably hard when it's not, too. Nice route.
pumpout2004 said on October 26th, 2011
hard as piss
pigsteak said on November 2nd, 2011
I found this harder than hakuna..brent find it easier. a bit sharp thru the crimps down low, and stays on you.
horst said on May 16th, 2012
Not your typical RRG route...vertical and crimpy, but very good. Harder than most 12as at the Motherload...would be 12b at a place like Smith Rock.
brayackmedia said on October 12th, 2015
I thought I was going to die.
Anonymous said on October 15th, 2018
Hard, but rad, but fucking hard, but super fucking rad.
cpliley said on October 26th, 2020
A hold has broken down low exposing a good edge. The run from bolt 2 to 3 is much more tame now. Probably a solid 12a as it currently is. Super fun!