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Mouse Tracks 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 200', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Damon Williams and Bob Puryear, 1981
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Submitted By: Ted Smith on Jan 14, 2011  with updates from DamonWilliams

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Description 

Crux moves on all three pitches for different reasons. On the first pitch, it is all about clearing the small roof. For the second pitch, there is a tricky start to get into the right arching crack. The third pitch is a bit difficult to protect due to the crack shape, but it can be done safely.

Damon W. adds: Originally done in 2 pitches, but breaking it up into 3 pitches as noted in description will probably decrease rope drag.

Location 

The next route to the left of Black Death, on the way to One for the Road.

Protection 

Tapers, cams from Metolius 1 to BD 6 (for anchoring).


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By lostryno
From: Phoenix, AZ
Apr 15, 2014

Went to do this on 4/12/14 and in the crack just below the roof bee's have set up a hive there. I got within 15' of it to be sure. I am not a person fazed by bee's like a lot of folk but I didn't feel safe going there. Considering the quality of Mouse Tracks and Mouse Trap, there are other good trad routes to take a first time follower or have a chill lead in the McD's range that you don't have to worry about stirring up a bad day by trying to set gear and climb through their home.
By Ted Smith
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 4, 2016

I led this climb about a year ago. It was fine. As long as you save this one for the cooler months and get an early start--say sunrise of just after--so that you are through the climb before it starts warming up, there should be no problem. Of course, the bee situation is very dynamic, so one must always be prepared for warning signs and be willing to change your plans if there is evidence of excessive activity where you were intending to climb.

Climbing this route in the afternoon during the Spring, Summer, and Fall would probably be a mistake--unless the hive has moved--which sometimes happens.
By Chris Adams
From: Mesa, Arizona
Apr 25, 2016

Climbed Mouse tracks Last weekend (April 23rd 2016). There's a beehive located roughly 20 feet down and to the right at the start of the offset towards the middle of the first pitch. We climbed right past them (my partners didn't even notice the hive) without any problems.

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