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A Boy and His ArĂȘte T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Beer Can Direct S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Black Magic T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Black Opal T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Black Pyre T 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Blue Wind T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Crown Royal T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Farce T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
For Real Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Groove, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Hemorroids in Flight T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Jailbreak (variation) T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Novitiate's Nightmare T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pillar of Society S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Sinbad-Herbert T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Surrealistic Pillar T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Surrealistic Pillar Direct T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Wild Turkey T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Type: Trad, 400 ft, 3 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Salamanizer suchoski on Oct 11, 2006
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

Starts on the left hand wall of the crud gully to the right of Surrealistic that splits the lower buttress in two. Start up the face which leads directly into some interesting chimneys. Follow the chimneys until you exit on a sloping ramp and move out to the left into another gully. Belay here and finish the route with an easy pitch to the top.

Protection

Cams .5"-3"

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Cameron Saul
San Francisco
  5.8
Cameron Saul   San Francisco
  5.8
First 40' or so are very dirty, but the rest is clean. After you exit the big crack, if you don't traverse to the ledge, climbing directly up and left goes at about 5.7, but is a bit awkward for about 20' Jun 7, 2017
We did it in two pitches, and I remember I belayed in a little recess at the top of the wide crack feature below chimney two exits; an easy left chimney that would meet up with the gulley, or straight up 25' of chimney that deposits you on a very loose face full of expanding and exfoliating flakes. I went from there over to the ledge caughtinside mentioned, and then up to the top. I belayed on that ledge omce after doing the Surrealistic Pillar variation, I can agree with you caughtinside, it's Brett decomposed.

The first pitch is a ton of fun though. May 2, 2015
caughtinside
Oakland CA
 
caughtinside   Oakland CA
 
Be advised, I didn't find the belay to be the most solid after that traverse left. Fortunately, it is on a decent sized ledge. Unfortunately, the granite there is decomposing. I think I got a cam and slung flakes, and wedged my ass in good. Which was good, because my follower actually took a fall! Very unexpected, from a solid climber on a 5.7. We finished the route via the trembling traverse onto surrealistic pillar rather than up the decomposing gully. Dec 11, 2006