Direct variation to Michael's Project. Jam and scum your way up the flared awkward left hand crack in the Michael's Crack corner keeping off the cracks, holds, and ledges of MC. I believe all foot holds and edges on the left side of the crack are OK to use. This thing is insecure and hard to protect but can be protected...
Many Pines Buttress at East Bluff Rampart. Same inside corner as Michaels Project.
Small wires down low, small cams and wires at mid point. The upper section is same as MC.
How is Kamikaze a must do - four star classic and Michael's a bomb?
By Dmitriy Litvak From: Pacifica, CA May 18, 2009 rating: 5.10a6a18VI+18E1 5a PG13
Look at the difference in the dates for Jay's posts on Michael Project and here (2006 vs 2008). The stronger you get, the more you understand the rock and the route. Kamikaze is an eliminate finger crack. It deserves a 5.10 rating if you avoid using anything but the crack for your hands. It's a challenging (some) star route for sure.
I would also give Michael's a bomb, just because not many routes at the lake are rated so (joke). In seriousness, no route deserves a bomb; it's all our perception. It's a good route for intermediate climbers, and not so good for beginning 5.7 climbers.
By Bryan Keller From: Madison, WI Jun 18, 2012 rating: 5.10b6a+19VII-19E2 5b PG13
I really struggled with this one! I saw 5.8 in the book so was surprised to get my ass kicked. The crack flares out almost everywhere which makes hand jamming almost impossible, and the fingerlocks were not great either. Add to that no feet to speak. Started out leading and had to bail onto the Michael's.
You have introduced yourself to one of the classic DL sandbags.... Especiall if on lead.... the gear placements are as tricky as the climbing moves. There is good gear though... you just have to pin-point place it and be selective about what you reach for off the gear rack.