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Hands Masseuse 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 275'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Paul Crawford, Mike Shreve, 1976.
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Feb 22, 2007

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Hands Masseuse.
Photo by Blitzo.


Good route, but grainy. I don't know what the photo's all about.

Down and to the right of Pie Face are three cracks. These are to the left of True Grip.

Climb the right-hand crack, a bolt protects face moves to a chimney/offwidth. Follow this to a belay. Most folks rap from here, or there is an interesting down climb off the back side.

The seldom done second pitch, goes up and right to a chimney. Climb this until it is possible to move left onto a face, which is followed to the top.


Pro to 3".

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That other photo by Brad makes no sense.  This shows most of the real route (albeit from straight below).  Follow the righthand crack 'til it peters out.  Move left and head up the gut.  You can see my friend Jason stemming and just about to enter the top OW for a pure, direct finish. Far easier to step left and top out that way, but both finishes are fun.
BETA PHOTO: That other photo by Brad makes no sense. This sho...
Hands Masseuse, with an alternate finish, heads up the crack and over/up to the belay shared with The Last Dance (5.11b) and New Blood (5.12a).  Route description goes to the left.
BETA PHOTO: Hands Masseuse, with an alternate finish, heads up...

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By Willoughby
Feb 6, 2012

Went to the Pie Shop for the first time a few weeks back, and a party was camped out on this route ALL DAY. I went back and did it today, and now I know why. Way more fun than the two-star reviews suggest. Sure it's grainy, but tape up and enjoy the locker jams. Aside from a couple of psychological cruxes for the leader, it's pure fun - killer jams, and some fun stemming and chimneying higher up. This is a fun route - we each had to take two laps! You can toprope with a 60m rope, but for the rope to reach you'll have to start belaying from 15-20' up to the left, up the footpath along the base.
By Ed Henicle
Apr 21, 2014

Good finger, hand, and toe jam practice. Take some laps on this route to improve your skills. Protects well, but of course if you put to much gear in, you take your jams away...