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Battle of the Bulge Buttress
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The Mayes 

YDS: 5.10+ French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b/c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Jeff Widen
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Submitted By: eDixon on Oct 9, 2006
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(11/12/11) Putting up this route in style.


Starts in a left facing corner and gets wider as you climb higher. Big-fingers, to tight-hands, to hands, to a pod. then climb the anchors on the wall above the pod. Pretty fun, however, short climb.


The right end of the buttress. This is the first climb to the right of Battle of the Bulge.


Green to Blue Camalots. Short climb, so not much gear is necessary.

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Sitting down at the anchors while I clean them.
Sitting down at the anchors while I clean them.
Anna B making it look easy on another "unnamed" 10+
Anna B making it look easy on another "unnamed" 10...
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By m-earle
From: Concord, MA
Mar 19, 2007

While the grade is listed as 5.10+ in the Bloom guidebook, I felt it was much eisier. More like 5.10- or 5.9

By Tavis Ricksecker
From: Bishop, ca
Nov 26, 2007
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b

I've got big hands, and the beginning of this route felt solid 10+ to me... Couldn't get a decent hand jam, so just laid it back and tried not to pump out while blindly placing red camalots.

By Rockwood
From: West Jordan
Apr 15, 2010

If there's someone in your group with medium hands who's at Indian Creek for the first time...this is a nice route to let them warm up least that's how I felt being a medium hand sized newbie. I liked it. There's a nice little seat at the top where you can rest while you clean the anchors too.

By Jeff Widen
Apr 2, 2013

I put this route up in the mid-80's, probably 1986. I named it The Mayes, after Frank Mayes, my partner who was killed in the Pinnacles in CA a few years before, when we were attempting Machete Direct, on Machete Ridge. I rated it 5.10b at the time, so 5.10- to 5.10 is probably right. Enjoy!