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Description

Major Features: The Mac Wall is named after the man whose name graces almost all of the first ascents in the area: Jim McCarthy. It's no coincidence that this area is dense in multi-starred classic routes, particularly in the 5.10 range.

If someone says "Meet me at the Mac Wall", they're almost certainly describing the dozen or so routes centered around MF, up to about Overhanging Layback.

For our purposes, though, this entire area starts with the major, classic corner system of Three Pines, and extends past the Mac Wall proper, past Welcome to the Gunks, and ends at the huge right-facing orange corner of Asphodel.

Approach: For the Mac Wall proper, walk down the carriage road; once you're past the East Trapps Connector (Stairmaster) intersection, keep an eye out for the very obvious right-leaning crack of Something Interesting. The next
MF/Mac Wall approach trail. The next trail is [[Welcome to the Gunks]]110455114 - a few yards down the carriage road - brings you right to the base of MF. A bit further down the carriage road, another
Welcome to the Gunks approach trail. The next trail is [[Minty]]110455127 will bring you straight to the bottom of Welcome.

Descent: For the Mac Wall proper, many routes have two-bolt anchors atop first pitches, and one 60m rope will get you to the ground.

There is a set of three bolted anchors descending from the clifftop between Three Pines and Something Interesting. The bolts at the clifftop themselves are a bit hidden in a copse of trees, well left of the top of Three Pines. Rap 3x with one rope, or 2x with 2 ropes, and be aware of parties below you.

There is a tree rappel over Overhanging Layback from the GT; one rope will get you to first-pitch bolts over the right end of the Mac Wall, or two to the ground.

For Tequila Mockingbird and neighbors, plan on topping out and descending via bolts over Something Interesting.

For the routes near Welcome to the Gunks, it is strongly recommended to have two ropes. An intermediate anchor exists, but you won't like it!

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Mac Wall (Something Interesting)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 399
Three Pines
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 150
Credibility Gap
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 80
Overhanging Layback
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 422
Something Interesting
Trad 2 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 165
Higher Stannard
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 288
MF
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 171
The Dangler
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 114
Welcome to the Gunks
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 85
Star Action
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 102
Mother's Day Party
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 128
Birdie Party
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 102
Try Again
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5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 41
Interstice
Trad 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 135
Coexistence
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 62
Graveyard Shift
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Three Pines
 399
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 3 pitches
Credibility Gap
 150
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Overhanging Layback
 80
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Something Interesting
 422
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Higher Stannard
 165
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
MF
 288
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
The Dangler
 171
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Welcome to the Gunks
 114
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Star Action
 85
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Mother's Day Party
 102
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Birdie Party
 128
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Try Again
 102
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Interstice
 41
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 2 pitches
Coexistence
 135
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Graveyard Shift
 62
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad
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