Walkin' a Thin Line
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Taken from the west, showing the climber high up o...
This is located on the northwest side of main rock at Mickey's Beach, sitting one route right of the main corner route (5.10b) that always seems to have a top rope on it.
Start on a slab, head up over a vertical corner and finish on some barely featured slab climbing.
This has a serious rating because it's about 20 vertical feet from the last bolt to the top anchor, and there aren't too many holds in the top section. This makes some people chicken out and head to the right to Pelicans (.12a), which has simpler slab climbing on the top, though either way is still scary.
4 (or 5 if you cheat and cut right instead of going to the top) bolts to a 2 bolt top anchor.
The slick and treacherous first moves. Looks silly...
In the middle of the thin crimper moves on the upp...
Justin about half way up.
Joe at the base getting ready to move left on the ...
This is slick, delicate, and balancy here! Joe, n...
Joe showing us good footwork on the traverse from ...
I don't think I've ever climbed with someone who e...
After the crux the climbing remains thin although ...
Naoko staying low on the bottom of the climb. She...
Really fun crimpy climb. Photo by mark sommer
|Comments on Walkin' a Thin Line
|By Paul Rezucha|
Mar 31, 2003
A very fun route! It would be a bold lead getting to the anchors as your feet would be about 6-8' above the last bolt on pretty hard, thin, moves. Moves do get easier the higher you go though. At the ground, I assume you go up just right of the Corner Route. About 5.9. There is a bolt further down and right but this might be for Pelicans only. Very good rock great route!
|By Paul Rezucha|
May 12, 2003
I came back to lead this and was pleasantly surprised that I didn't freak out! Having toproped it a month ago, I knew what to expect. Luckily the harder moves are down closer to the last bolt. The upper moves to get to the anchors are not as difficult and you just have to keep cool. This is one great route and a very satifying lead!
|By L. Hamilton|
Mar 30, 2005
A nice moderate lead.
|By Jeff Dopp|
From: Goodlettsville, TN
May 4, 2006
Eric Brand and I did the first accent in the mid 80s. It's a sweet route when it's not too slimey.
|By Colonel Mustard|
From: Reno, NV
Aug 1, 2006
I'd say there are two different cruxes: 1) the initial traverse on some greasy footholds, and 2) the first move off the last bolt. Then there's the mental crux of continuing up a slightly featured slab to the anchors WAY above the last bolt! I'd agree with Paul that this is one of the most satisfying leads. I'm hesitant whether it's a 5.10B or 10C. I guess in the tricky moves/mental aspect sense, it is a 10C.