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Mud Slide 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 120'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Andy Murtomaki
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Submitted By: saltlick on Jul 31, 2011
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Though the route as a whole is not terribly sustained, the cruxes are interesting and high-quality. A tenuous slab start leads to a horizontal crack/rail and delightful small edges, then up toward a bulge at 65 ft; negotiate a delicate crux sequence here and finish on easier highly-featured terrain.


Walk/scramble to the east side of the El Nino formation and rappel down to a mildly brushy alcove just above the base of the wall. April Showers starts 25' higher up, atop blocks and shrubs. A second short rappel or steep squeeze-chimney down-climb may be necessary to reach the base of the wall and the true start of Mud Slide. I found difficulties around 5.10 when I moved left to the second bolt from the alcove, rather than start at the base of the wall. This is a reasonable variation for those with a 60M rope wishing to TR.


11 bolts, anchor/rap shuts on the large block atop the wall. 70M rope required for TR.

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