Help Mr. Wizard
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A great climb.
photo courtesy of Bruce Burgess
I almost had to ask Mr. Wizard for help......almost.
Another great Shortoff classic! Climb the juggy face up to the crack. Clip an old pin and crank the burly/bouldery moves to a great stance and better gear. Finish up a wonderfully sustained and steep 5.8+ crack to a comfy belay ledge. Belay on natural gear.
To get off, you can finish on Maginot Line or Big Arete.
Starts right of Maginot Line about 30 ft, beneath a steep face with a crack.
small to medium hybid cams, small to medium nuts, camalots .4 to 3(double .5 to 1 helpful but not neccessary), black tricam for the starting move to the jug, belay takes small to medium tcus
|Comments on Help Mr. Wizard
From: Raleigh, NC
Nov 5, 2012
We attempted the start this weekend and couldn't find any gear to protect the crux moves to gain the crack. There was no fixed pin in sight. Any gear beta?
|By Robert Hutchins|
Jan 3, 2013
rating: 5.10d PG13
It's been several years since I've done this (>decade?), but my recollection is that you can't get any good gear that keeps you from taking a nasty fall at the start. I think you can get some head gear with steel nut or ball-nut, but you are basically bouldering up to get the gear over bulge. Kind of a 9+/10a placement, if I remember. The gear you get over the bulge for the crux is great though.
|By Neil Rankin|
Apr 22, 2013
rating: 5.11- PG13
A really pretty line, but it's a fairly serious lead. Get pro where you can going to the pin. A yellow master cam / alien is useful.