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The Murray Highball 

Hueco: V4 Font: 6B

Type:  Boulder, 18'
Consensus:  Hueco: V3+ Font: 6A+ [details]
FA: David Baltz, ca. 1984
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Submitted By: claude. on Jun 24, 2011

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The Murray Highball climbs the portion of rock wi...


This U-Mound classic is on par with The Manatee (in my opinion) but strangely, it sees far less traffic. Perhaps it's the really bad landing or hard to reach start? Either way, this is a must do. While it is definitely easier and not quite as tall as the The Manatee, it requires a different level of commitment and risk.

Can also be linked via a low start on the arete which makes it a formidable hard line for those who have U-Mound dialed.


Starts high on the arete/prow directly behind the Highball Slab V2. You might have to stack a pad to reach the start hold, but continue up the face via crimps. Mantle. The hardest moves are the first several which get you established on the face, everything that follows shouldn't keep anyone from the top. Falling from the upper portion would be bad.


lots of pads

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By David Baltz
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jul 17, 2015

I'll claim credit for the FA on this one. Circa 1984.
I would call it closer to V2.
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