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Mother Superior T,TR 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Unknown Name TR 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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Type: Trad, TR, 22 ft
FA: Greg Cameron
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Shared By: Adam Stackhouse on Feb 12, 2006
Admins: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Two cruxes, one OW at the bottom, and another at the top. Classic


Not often led, but bring the big gear or TR via bolts


Adam Stackhouse    
Randy Leavitt did the bottom portion of this route and (believe it or not) fell at the upper part. Running out of daylight, he bailed it. Soon thereafter Cameron finished it up getting the FA. Mar 4, 2006
So badddddddd. Mother Superior has got a gun...

Can't wait to get back to Woodson, my core was way too weak to send last time I was on MS. Mar 21, 2007
Galloway, NJ
G.McCay   Galloway, NJ
The left branch of MS goes at 5.11b. True Story: Back in the early 80's I saw a guy highball this variation drunk at sundown almost in the dark! I have no idea who this wrap around glasses character was! Apr 5, 2007
Will S
Joshua Tree
Will S   Joshua Tree
A fantastic exercise in bad sizes. The start is ridiculously steep if you can't get kneelocks and stacks (I had to armbar with sloppy thigh locks). Enough variations in size and angle to make it pretty technical getting through the transitions between techniques. Jan 5, 2009
Man this route looks awesome. Can't wait to try this once I get to San Diego. By the way I am moving to San Diego from Boulder in a few weeks to work on the new gym Mesa Rim and I have never been to San Diego. Where is a good place to meet other climbers/best gym for both bouldering and routes? Nov 1, 2009
If you want to climb a harder off-width, this would be the one. It is easy to set up a top rope and it gets more shade than most climbs at Mt Woodson, especially in the afternoon. This climb can be led, but the proximity of the rear wall is such, that you will hit the wall if you take much of a leader fall - so top-roping makes more sense. Bolt anchors on top.

I made a video, which gives good beta on how to do it: Aug 9, 2013
Evan Wisheropp
Evan Wisheropp  
With the sun going down, I didn't have time to tape. Should have just saved te onsight attempt for a day with taping time! Going bareback on the cupped-hand/fist stacks at the start was quite sloppy and painful. For the lead, I used a #5, #4, #2, #0 Mastercam (x2), and a small ball nut. I'd say it felt about the same grade, if not a hair harder than the very similar 5.11d OW, Bad Ass Momma in Yosemite. Jan 11, 2018
Josh Beck
Josh Beck  
Crux for me was always getting both feet off the ground. Leavitation or squirmy almost squeeze chimney thrutching, then really enjoyable, not as hard, classic crack climbing to a kind of boulder top out. I always thought it was a good bit easier than Train or Driving South. Or should I say that those are harder than Mother Superior... Jul 24, 2018

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