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Aborigine S 
Among the Stars S 
Aphrodite S 
Arapiles S 
ArnoldÂ’s Demise S 
Big E S 
Blow Tube Envy S 
Bound in Blood S 
Captain, The S 
Dreamtime S 
Esse Curve S 
Finnacle S 
First Mate S 
Gomers in Blue Shirts S 
Good Stuff, The S 
Happy Ending (formerly Top-Rope) T,TR 
Honeymoon Down Under S 
Just Happens S 
Mister MIA S 
Never Ever Slab, The TR 
Plunge, The S 
Red Venus S 
Route to the left of The Thin Line S 
Tempest Toast S 
Thin Line, The S 
Undulating Dingo S 
Virgin Bolters S 
Whale Rider S 


YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a PG13

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Brian Collins on Apr 20, 2008

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Belay and start are same as for Red Venus. Belay on the slab. Climb up to the left to first bolt -which is high, but easy Class III. After first bolt, climb left to a high second bolt (also pretty easy with ledges). The crux is after the second bolt on a steep, thin slab. Use thin edges and mantles to get to and past 3rd bolt. Finish on good holds and easy ledges.


It shares a start and anchors with Red Venus on the right side of the Whale.

Take the Whale Trail north from a big pine tree at the base of the slab. I recommend a 60m rope.


4 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.

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By Sam Byrne
Jul 25, 2015

The 3rd bolt was spinning and loose in the rock. Unfortunately, I didn't have a wrench to be able to tighten that down, but I did manage to get a few turns on the nut with a pair of pliers (Gerber tool). If someone is in the area and has a proper wrench, then this bolt could stand to be tighter.
By hwendlandt
Sep 16, 2013

Between HMS and Red Venus is a decent line for TR. The crux is part of the same slab, just to the right, of the HMS crux. I'd say it's just as fun as HMS (to which I give 2 stars) and about the same difficulty (to which I'd say a couple steps harder than 5.9, but I'm a pansy...).

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