Avg: 2.2 from 78 votes
Routes in Many Pines Buttress
|Algae T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c|
|Anemia T,TR 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a|
|Anemic Ladder T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a|
|Asleep in a Fuk-nes Dream TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|Black Rib T,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R|
|Broken Ladder TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Callipigeanous Crack T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Callipigeanous Direct T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13|
|Double Clutch (AKA Chickens Don't Fly) T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R|
|Flatus T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|Jamboree T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Kamikaze T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13|
|Man and Superman T,TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Michael's Project T,TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|No Trump T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|Ostentation T,TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Ottobahn T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13|
|Peter's Project T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Peter's Project Right Side T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Sewing Machine T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Superman T,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a|
|V8 T,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R|
|Type:||Trad, TR, 70 ft|
|FA:||1st TR: Michael Fain late 1950's|
|Page Views:||3,160 total, 20/month|
|Shared By:||James Schroeder on Dec 31, 2004|
|Admins:||Burt Lindquist, Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE|
DescriptionMichael's Project is a stunning line that lies just around the point of Many Pines Buttress from its slightly more classic neighbor Peter's Project. Michael's, like Peter's, has a low crux that leads to easier, aesthetic climbing above. Unlike Peter's, a route that is adored by all, Michael's inspires strong opinions in both directions. Simply put, climbers either love Michael's or they hate it.
From the base, Michael's appears to be an appealing, straightforward crack system, that forms the line of weakness up an impressive wall. But then, from the base, it is easy to look past the start. Reviewing the comments below (or even the entire forum, Michael's Project: Timeless classic or horrific sandbag?, on the subject) will give the aspirant climber quite an education in the variety of opinions surrounding the quality of climbing to be found at the beginning of Michael's.Almost everyone who has climbed Michael's, will agree that the start is awkward, wide, polished and often slimy. The disagreement about Michael's concerns whether the climbing beyond the start properly compensates the climber for what he or she endured to get there.
Having groveled (and there really is no other word for it, except maybe thrutched) up the difficult, off-width, inside-corner start, the climber can reach back-and-to-the-right, to latch a jug just around the corner on the face left of Callipigeanous Crack (continuing straight up the inside corner would place the climber on Kamikaze - a dubious proposition indeed). After establishing on the right-hand face, the climber is richly rewarded with the route he or she had expected in the beginning. Good holds on the face lead the climber up to where it is possible (and indeed, desirable) to head back into the corner and continue to the top on solid jams. The route finishes in a narrow hanging gully.
In the end, an ascent of Michael's Project (especially on the sharp end) is a rite of passage for all DL climbers. So, grab a rope, a rack, a willing partner and get out there to experience Michael's for yourself. Only then can you add your voice to the cacophony of firmly-held opinions. Love it or hate it, youll never forget it.