Type: Trad, Sport Fixed Hardware (4)
FA: Rob Candelaria and Greg Finnof, 1986
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Jul 13, 2001
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Wild Kingdom, like its partner "Predator" fires up the gorgeous headwell just left of Rosy Crucifixion (and to the right of Predator). Launch Wild Kingdom from the traverse on Rosy at the left facing corner just before Rosy turns from traverse to vertical. Technical and thin, the climbing on Wild Kingdom uses a host of friable flakes that are unlikely to stand the test of time. Spacey bolts with gear between makes this line a wild ride. Of the two, I thought that Predator had more fun climbing on it, and the pro seemed lots more satisfying, probably because it is not as scary as Wild Kingdom. But, don't miss Wild Kingdom if you are up here, the climbing and the exposure are superb - just hang tight between the gear. I'm not sure that any of the moves on Wild Kingdom are 5.12, however, stringing all 150 ft together feels like 5.12-, so pick a number. Predator and Wild Kingdom are two excellent climbs by one of the finest athletes that has ever graced our state. Rob Candelaria has done more to help every wanna-be athlete that has stepped up to him than any other individual I have ever known. From sloth to tiger, Rob has lent his experience, advice, wisdom, and character to every single one. As near as I can tell he has never asked for a single thing in return, just the cheapest daily fee on the planet for admission to CATS. To boot, he has maintained cutting edge climbing skill from the first day he strapped on a pair of rock shoes, and Rob is just as old as I am. Even in his late 40s (a while ago) he never demanded one bit less of himself than he did from guys half his age. An olympic gymnast, a superb and implacably bold climber, and a gentleman-athlete, Rob will always sit, in my mind, in a place where I can only dream to go.

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This 150 ft pitch needs 8 - 10 draws and rack with wires up to 4 or 5 and Friends up to # 3.


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