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Mississippi Burning 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Kieth Anderson
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Submitted By: Adam Therneau on May 22, 2006

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Description 

Mississippi Burning is the classic Red Wing hard route. Very technical, crimpy, and pumpy; it climbs like a series of difficult boulder problems with hard moves coming all the way to a potentially bitter end. Like many of the harder routes at the bluff this one seems much harder until you figure out all the little tricks. Down low a long lockoff to a fingerlock sets you up for the first crux; either a big reach out left to bump off a very poor gaston or a wild three foot deadpoint all the way to the great incut edge up high. A few more tricky moves brings you to an excellent rest just left of Barnburner. The next fifteen feet of intense climbing takes you through a big stab out left for a pocket, powerful laybacking, and finally the crux of the climb: a traverse left to a decent rail. For those fortunate few over about 6'3" or with a ridiculous ape-index, the rail can be reached all the way from the decent holds out right. Everyone else must bump using a slopey sidepull/pinch, a perpetually slimy crimp, and some worthless footholds with the difficulty inversely proportional to your height. The sustained nature of this section makes it very tiring to link because of the difficulty of clipping the bolts. A better option is to clip high and downclimb back to the good rest, then climb all the way from the jug to the rail without stopping, then clip the bolt at your knees. This way saves precious energy but requires a little more psyche as you contemplate the whipper while crimping the life out of that slimy edge! Once through the crux, it's not over yet. Another difficult boulder problem from the rail finally gets you to a hold worth writing home about. Ten more feet of moderate climbing leads to the anchors and, for most, the exhilarating experience of clipping the chains pumped out of your mind. Phew!


Protection 

Bolts; the bolts are unfortunately a bit too far left at the bottom making the clips a little awkward.



Photos of Mississippi Burning Slideshow Add Photo
Hardwomen are everywhere in Minnesota. Local lass Liz H. bearing down on Mississippi Burning.
Hardwomen are everywhere in Minnesota. Local lass ...
Cruxing on Mississippi Burning, oh the pump!
Cruxing on Mississippi Burning, oh the pump!
Aaron Wait cruxing on Mississippi. Dec 02, 2012.
Aaron Wait cruxing on Mississippi. Dec 02, 2012.
Chick Posse member Liz negotiating the bottom of Mississippi Burning.
Chick Posse member Liz negotiating the bottom of M...
Second Clip
Second Clip
A rest several moves before the crux
A rest several moves before the crux
Joel Anderson crankin' through the redpoint crux of Mississippi... (Although he is actually climbing 'Insectaphobe')
Joel Anderson crankin' through the redpoint crux o...
A common ending for the project-er. What an amazing line!
A common ending for the project-er. What an amazin...
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By Adam Therneau
Nov 15, 2006

Great route, very hard if you're short. Solid for the grade.

By Jonathan Williams
From: Minneapolis
Mar 5, 2007
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

much easier to be tall, it's true!
classic red wing; technical, small, textured.
an excellent route.

By Joel Andersen
Jan 30, 2011

Is there any interesting bit behind the shared name between this route and the Mississippi Burning at the New?

By Ted Kryzer
From: Rochester, MN
Nov 28, 2012
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Great route! The only downside is that the 2nd and 3rd bolts are so far left.