Groovin' in the name of the Laurel
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This route starts out following the face 1.5 grooves left of manatee fluid and ends finishing up the very deep and nearly always wet groove 2 grooves left of manatee fluid. The route is easy to do when this groove is wet (as was done on the FA) because it is so deep and the face dries very fast after rain. The photo topo may be completely wrong, so kind of pick your own route to the p2 anchor based on gear and features.
Start on "Manatee Left" which is the 5.7 slab 50 feet left of the 5.9 standard start to manattee fluid
There is a 5.10a section 25 feet runout just before the 4th bolt on p4. Overall a very heads-up route that I'd recommend only to be done by people who are very comfortable on runout slabs. Bring cams to #4 camalot and a variety of tricams which are useful for the 2nd pitch. I was glad to have the white and black tricams, 2 pink tricams, and many long slings on the 2nd pitch for the way I did it.
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|Comments on Groovin' in the name of the Laurel
Dec 21, 2009
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b R
With Andrew, December 16th 2009. The climbing on this route is spectacular especially the crux pitch. Really cool diagonal jugs, quartz dikes, and awesome deep water groove climbing makes this route a real gem. The route could use some traffic especially near the top to help clean it off. We tried to remove as much of the lichen as was necessary.
I fear this line will be overlooked due to the fact that it is shorter than many of the classic lines and the R rating might deter some, but it is fantastic, don't miss it!
From: The Deeper South
Dec 22, 2009
Good job, guys. I'll do it next time I'm in the area.
|By Ed Williams|
Dec 22, 2009
Nice looking route done in good style with minimal bolts.
We have a route in progress (started last year, but other projects and rain have kept us away) that goes up the slab left of Manatee Left passed the one old bolt near the top of the pitch to a natural anchor in the crack. It crosses "Groovin' and follows the crack and stays to the right of the black streak that comes down off the left side of the Manatee. We stopped prior to reaching the Manatee, but it appears our line will go through the roof crack on the left side of the Manatee (or skirt the left side of the Manatee) then up. We should be able to get back on it once we get a little dry weather.