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1st Offense T,S,TR 
Battle of the Bulge S,TR 
Desperado S 
Diamond S 
Eat Mo' Possum T 
Fat Man S,TR 
Fields of Fire S 
I Love a Mystery TR 
Lycra S 
Middle Man S 
Powerplay T,TR 
Pressure Drop S 
Shadow S,TR 
Shadow Traverse S 
Swallow T,S,TR 
Thin Man S 
Three To Get Ready S 


YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Mike Cirone, Ed Sampson
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Submitted By: Kristin McNamara on Jan 1, 2001

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Calf work out! The crux comes before the first clip, and many 5.9 climbers have slid off. Well worth it.


3 bolts and two anchor bolts that are shared with Desperado.

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By Jon Hanlon
From: SLO
Feb 11, 2004
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

This is a great friction climb on solid rock. The crux is getting high enough to clip the first bolt. A fall from here results in an awkward slide/fall to an ankle busting ledge. It is definately solid 5.9 here...dont fall. It IS possible to clip the first bolt on Battle of the Bulge (use a long runner). This gives the belayer enough time to yard in rope and jump off the ledge in time to stop a falling leader from hitting the ledge. (trust works!)
By Floyd Hayes
Mar 22, 2010
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Even on a top rope it seemed much harder than any slab 5.9 in Yosemite (e.g., Marginal).
By Tyler Alves
From: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Feb 11, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R

Awesome route. If you are climbing Desperado or Battle of the Bulge anyway, make sure to lead/ TR Diamond before you head out. You won't regret it.
Harder than similarly rated shadow wall routes, be careful.
By Jim Reynolds
Jan 29, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R

I dont see how Thin Man gets 5.9 R and this doesnt. I mean, come on, that first clip is terrifying. I led it today for the first time and honestly believed I was going to break my ankle.

PS This is THIN 5.9, not that juggy secure 5.9 that feels all nice and cozy.
By Jordan Collins
From: South Lake Tahoe
Nov 23, 2014

Most serious lead on the wall. So intense up to bolt uno
By Internet Hardman
Dec 12, 2014

^^^ (Coming from a guy that led Inner Sanctum)

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