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Melungian Brotherhood 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Davis13au on Mar 22, 2010

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Melungian is on the left.


Long slab route that has some thin spots but is pretty fun. Good place to practice leads. I'm not sure about 5.8 but that's what it's currently rated at.


South of the first down climb area and just to the right of Ass Cannibal


7 bolts and a few good places to place pro. #1 cam or a pink Tricam works well.

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By Mark Maier
Sep 9, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I think this is one of the best slab routes at Buzzard's. Unlike most of the others it has reasonably sustained climbing at a constant level, instead of just a few moves interspersed with long easy stretches.
By Travis Senor
From: Mailing Address in NC
Sep 22, 2013

Sustained and slabby. Great route. Be careful not to follow the weakness too far to the right...unless you have gear.
By TyrelJ
From: Alexandria, VA
Aug 11, 2014

Great route. A large tree near the base of the climb broke midway up the trunk and fell over (sometime before August 2014). Doesn't affect the route but makes a fall near the start (or a fall by the belayer) a potential problem.
By Spencer Perry
Apr 4, 2016
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

My partner and I did not want to have to hike back down after we topped out, so I slung a tree and we rapped with a 70m rope, knowing we wouldn't get to the ground with the plan to swing over to another tree for a second rap. With rope stretch, and an extended rappel (2.5 ft), we made it to the first bolt and were able to down climb from there (probably class 4 climbing). Saved a ton of time and grabbed the sling on the way back to the car.

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