Type: Sport, 80 ft
FA: Mike Cirone, Ed Sampson
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Shared By: Kristin McNamara on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Calf work out! The crux comes before the first clip, and many 5.9 climbers have slid off. Well worth it.


3 bolts and two anchor bolts that are shared with Desperado.


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Jon Hanlon
Jon Hanlon   SLO
This is a great friction climb on solid rock. The crux is getting high enough to clip the first bolt. A fall from here results in an awkward slide/fall to an ankle busting ledge. It is definately solid 5.9 here...dont fall. It IS possible to clip the first bolt on Battle of the Bulge (use a long runner). This gives the belayer enough time to yard in rope and jump off the ledge in time to stop a falling leader from hitting the ledge. (trust me...it works!) Feb 11, 2004
Floyd Hayes
Floyd Hayes  
Even on a top rope it seemed much harder than any slab 5.9 in Yosemite (e.g., Marginal). Mar 22, 2010
Tyler Alves
Santa Barbara, Ca
  5.9+ R
Tyler Alves   Santa Barbara, Ca
  5.9+ R
Awesome route. If you are climbing Desperado or Battle of the Bulge anyway, make sure to lead/ TR Diamond before you head out. You won't regret it.
Harder than similarly rated shadow wall routes, be careful. Feb 11, 2011
Jim Reynolds
  5.9 R
Jim Reynolds  
  5.9 R
I dont see how Thin Man gets 5.9 R and this doesnt. I mean, come on, that first clip is terrifying. I led it today for the first time and honestly believed I was going to break my ankle.

PS This is THIN 5.9, not that juggy secure 5.9 that feels all nice and cozy. Jan 29, 2012
Jordan Collins
South Lake Tahoe
Jordan Collins   South Lake Tahoe
Most serious lead on the wall. So intense up to bolt uno Nov 23, 2014
Serial Crusher
A house
Serial Crusher   A house
^^^ (Coming from a guy that led Inner Sanctum) Dec 12, 2014
Sean P. Sullivan
Clovis, Ca
Sean P. Sullivan   Clovis, Ca
Took a fall before bolt one. Actually trying to downclimb a move and try different beta for a good stance to clip. Hit the small ledge and was caught by my belayer on the big ledge. Came out ok but very shaken. Still haven't come back to finish the job. Those old school guys that put these routes up are bad ass mofos. Respect. May 12, 2016