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My favorite line on this wall. Lunatic is a varied climb that has many different cruxes, so depending on your strengths you will likely find a different crux than your partner. Fantastic rock that demands finger locks, liebacking, thin hands and some face moves. Well protected throughout.
Hike right from Reeds Direct along the base for 100 yards or so. Climb a 5.6 section for 20-30 feet to gain the thin hands first crux of this route.
Standard rack, consider double set of cams from fingers to large hand sizes. Double Rope rappel.
Anna entering the final crux.
Lunatic fringe: the last 10 ft.
BETA PHOTO: Lunatic Fringe, from the base
|Comments on Lunatic Fringe
From: Oakland, CA
Apr 22, 2007
One of the best single pitches anywhere. Done it four times and no plans to stop going back.
Edit to add: this is a very good climb to push your limits on, as the protection is great throughout. Also, it begins with a moderate section, affords several rests, and is steep so that any fall in the crux sections should be cleen and airy.
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 16, 2007
A candidate for the best single pitch for the grade in the Valley! Absolutely classic!
From: San Diego, CA
May 13, 2008
If this is at your limit consider triples on hand sized pieces. It's long and sustained in the upper portion.
|By Rob Dillon|
From: '81 Sunrader
Apr 18, 2009
80m rope will just barely reach to TR.
|By Colonel Mustard|
From: Reno, NV
May 18, 2009
If you don't have hand sized pieces left for the pods at the top, the pods pinch down in between, allowing great stoppers and small cams.
Nov 30, 2009
Do this climb with one 70m rope by rappelling to the bushy ledge on the right side. Pull your rope and let it fall to the ground, then exit the ledge to the right and walk back around to the start.
|By chuck claude|
From: Flagstaff, Az
Jan 14, 2010
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b
Its a decent to good climb but IMHO there are much better climbs and pitches in the Valley (ie: the Rostrum being one of them and most of the stuff at the Cookie being as good). Having said that it is a very good climb to sink your jams into