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A very warm day in Red Rock 1/6/06.
This is a great route, but would not be fun in the sun. The black varnish we love as edges makes for a slick glass like surface devoid of friction or significant features in places. Still, the moves are stellar and the climb nice, long, and sustained. I had a blast on this route.
Be warned in advance, due to lack of friction and features, the grade of this climb is quite height dependent. A 5'10" climber with ape-like arms (me) or a 6'0" man will find the grade about right. It will be a little easier for the very tall and could be much harder for the very short.
Approach the Brass Wall and mark up the twin splitters on the left end, 'Topless Twins' and then look slightly left to a peerless dark face, cut by a thin crack and offset. This crack leads up 100' to a huge round hueco, and is none other than Mushroom People.
Climb up the route, placing a few pieces for a low 5.9 crux, then continue up and onward to a reachy crux at a slight offset with slippery feet. Past the crux continue up and left again with good holds, good rest and good gear to a fixed anchor.
Rap 95' to the ground on a 60M rope. 2 ropes are not necessary as per the Swain guidebook if you have a 60M.
A healthy set of stoppers including brass, plus cams from small to 3". Tricams optional. A 60M rope just makes the rap with a meter or two to spare.
BETA PHOTO: brass wall
Tiptoeing up to the last jug before the crux. Phot...
A few physical moves to stand up on the last jug b...
Another physical move to stand up on the last jug....
The crux move is a bit barndoor-ish and stretchy. ...
Great locks and jams for the cruiser finish above ...
Tony Bubb gets started on 'Mushroom People' (10+) ...
Greg Jackson at the crux.
Dan Carson headed up Mushroom People.
Adam Floyd at the crux.
Contemplating the crux
|Comments on Mushroom People
|By John Wilder|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Dec 16, 2005
rating: 5.10c PG13
The 'R' comes from the potential ground fall right off the deck. Although you can get one piece in right away, your next one doesn't come for long enough to be worrisome if you're new to the 5.10 grade. That said, the climb, while long, is not that sustained- in the .8/.9 range for most of it, with the start being low .10 and the crux itself being one move of .10, maybe .10+.
This is the first .10+ in RR that i've done that i would say isn't classic- but even saying that, it's still pretty good!
From: electric lady land
Jan 26, 2006
beautifull bullet hard varnish. definately a one move wonder. might be a little heady if your not comfy at this grade.
|By Anthony Anagnostou|
Apr 20, 2006
holy cow. with the posted photos of this route, i think i could wire the crux sitting at my computer!
taking beta to the next level!
|By Russ Walling|
Feb 14, 2007
Good route and a nice line. Funky little crux is a cool move. A med stopper protects the business section.
From: Small Lake, UT
Jan 2, 2008
So good! Protects really well too, there's a blue alien down low for the first mantely move and bomber nuts and micros at the crux. Forget about trying to blindly fidget something in at the crux...
You gotta love the complete absence of friction on the face and the squeaky sound of the rubber on that varnish!
From: davis, ca
Mar 15, 2008
a nice line that i just wanted to climb when i saw it. i'm only 5'8" and thought it was no harder than hard 10. was also pretty comfortable with the gear i had. cool moves at the crux, definitely worth doing.
Feb 21, 2009
I am short, had to dino to the lip.
For this reason, 4 stars, coolest move I have done on a route under 5.12
Felt harder than 10D, but my partner who is 5.8 thought it was easier.
Not an R. Great Gear the whole way.
|By blake green|
Apr 5, 2011
The crux is height dependent, but my friend that's 5'0" could get a foot high enough to static the move with a little more work. Fantastic route.
|By Drew Peterson|
Mar 6, 2012
10d for me at 5'8"; it all protects very well.
|By Andy Hansen|
From: Longmont, Colorado
Mar 23, 2012
A few things: C3's or TCU's make this a safe lead. This is definitely hard no matter how tall you are really but is very well protected. My girlfriend onsighted it the "creeper" way by creeping up through the crux and then finally busted a slightly dynamic move to reach the ledge. I, on the other hand, had to burl dog my way through all the crimping bullshit and felt it was spot on for the grade.
From: Riverside, Ca
Jan 19, 2013
Fun route. Totally worth doing when its really cold out. My friend that's 5.9 did it with no problem. You don't need to be 5'10 with long arms to get the crux static. I'm about 5'6 and was about an inch from getting the right crimp static. I did find a mono right above the crux where everyone seems to do a layback/sidepull and then dyno for the jug straight up. It's easy breezy afterwards
|By Rob Fielding|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Feb 28, 2013
Awesome route, great day. Like others have said, the start is very well protected w/ modern gear (c3's, tcu's). A great lead for the beginning 10+ climber as the crux protects very well w/ gear and everything else is 5.8/9 climbing. Get on it!