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Huntin' Gator

5.12b, Sport, 40 ft,  Avg: 3.4 from 27 votes
FA: Dan Osman & Paul Crawford, 1989
California > Lake Tahoe > West Shore > Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove


Huntin' Gator is the first pitch of the infamous test piece Cajun Hell. Take the class 4 scramble up the long diagonal ramp cutting leftward up Mayhem Cove. It begins within the cave as the second route from the right and fourth from the left although the bolted lines for the other routes are sporadic at best. 7 bolts lead to a 2 bolt hanging belay anchor system on the headwall. Find the fixed bolt on the ramp for the belay person. The second through fourth bolts have fixed chains so you'll know you're on the right route. Through the first four bolts you're treated to wildly overhanging powerful moves rightward out to the overhanging face. The next 2 bolts offer big holds and a chance to catch your breath, but the technical redpoint crux awaits as you move up and left towards the anchors.

If you continue up and left past the anchors following the diagonal seam along the overhanging headwall, this is Drinkin' White Lightning, the 5.12c second half of Cajun Hell.


7 bolts to a 2 bolt wire cable and fixed biner anchor system

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“Huntin' Gator 
Juliette Dinh 
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MisterCattell Cattell
South Lake Tahoe, Ca
[Hide Comment] Classic Dan-O route. Get on it, you will not regret it. I promise. Aug 8, 2015
[Hide Comment] Damn, clipping the chains is tough on this one! Jul 5, 2016