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Butternut Pearls T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Fist and Shout T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Powerage T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

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This is a small cliff with some high quality lines on it and is worth the hike (only) if you've already climbed the classics at Black Wall and Stealth Wall. It faces south east and sees a good amount of sun.
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Getting There

Hike up the trail to Stealth wall and continue looking for a trail (top of the slabs above Stealth Wall) heading north. The cliff has a power line pole at the top of it.

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dholte
South San Francisco, CA
dholte   South San Francisco, CA
The guidebook suggests hiking along the "contour of the base of the hillside" from Stealth wall, but in its current state we had no idea what this meant and led to 90 minutes of bushwacking despite seeing the crag right in front of us. Don't go immediately downhill from Stealth Wall. Instead, start at Stealth Wall and proceed uphill past its northern end. Literally just walk toward the utility pole. Continue uphill through a slabby rock garden (some cairns) until your pretty damn close to The Perch. Descend into the manzanita via the easiest route and look for cairns zig zagging back up to the wall through Manzanita, over rocks and a dead tree. Currently, this is an overgrown adventure.

We didn't climb the three leftmost routes in the new guidebook, 5.8, 5.10, 5.10, but they certainly need some love and a good cleaning. Unauthorized Power Transmission was completely overgrown. Fist and Shout was actually a pretty good climb and the right side climbs look really nice (Powerage and Powerline in particular), but we ran out of daylight.

Finally, I'd only call this top rope friendly if you can lead Butternut Pearls, otherwise the walk around is overgrown and a pain.

10/10 would bushwhack miserably through manzanita again. Jul 24, 2017

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