Type: Trad, 80 ft
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Nov 6, 2006
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details

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Wild Cat is a great finger-stacking testpiece on the west end of the Cat Wall (closer to Nine Lives than Johnny Cat). Climb through a reachy start and clip a bolt that protects a face climbing move up to a pillar. Rest here and then bust it up the not-quite-straight-in off-fingers crack to a final crux: trying to clip the anchors.

Protection

A bunch of 0.5 and 0.75 Camalots & a quickdraw.
m-earle
USA
m-earle   USA
I thought the first 15' feet of rattly fingers off the pillar were way effin hard . once the crack went splitter, i felt it eased up. Felt a bit harder than Slice'n Dice Sep 30, 2007
BJ Sbarra
Carbondale, CO
BJ Sbarra   Carbondale, CO
There used to be a block you could stand on to help get started with the rattly fingers bit. It got trundled off and made it a bit more difficult now. Oct 1, 2007
Yeah, I have a video of Mike Brumbaugh sending the pillar last year! The next-block down could go, too. There are definitely .12- routes that are easier than this thing. It is a little heady to place gear and pull rope above the pillar/ledge, as well! Tremendous position, though. Oct 31, 2007
Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
  5.12-
Darren Mabe   Flagstaff, AZ
  5.12-
opening moves are fun and sporty. decent 0.4 camalot in a horizontal before the roof.

i found good finger locks for the first 10 feet off the ledge, then the business starts. yikes. i got spanked. painfully insecure stacked fingers and crappy feet get you to a jug/lieback then eventually good hand jam rest. i found a 1.5 friend protects the crux nicely. the last part is kind of an enduro test, insecure jams, but at least you have good feet. Oct 5, 2009
slim

  5.11d
slim    
  5.11d
yeah, only one hand can really crank due to the skewed angle of the crack. the other hand is doing that obtuse finger stacking crap, which is pretty desperate, especially considering the size. i couldn't get my fingers onto my thumb to stack at all, just pure finger twisting. kind of spooky right above a ledge too. Oct 5, 2009
eric whewell
Longmont, CO
eric whewell   Longmont, CO
This route felt harder to me than Slice N' Dice at Way Rambo and definitely harder than Johnny Cat. Pretty burly at .11+! Nov 1, 2009
Ben Griffin
Durango, CO
  5.12-
Ben Griffin   Durango, CO
  5.12-
This is one of the most beautiful splitters you can find at the cat wall. I could see the splitter from the top of the trail at the cat wall from the first parking lot. This climb is freakin hard!! Right off the pillar its rattly fingers, but they are in a corner, so you have feet. Then the crux is pulling really tight ring locks with no feat. Then climb a splitter crack that is very off set to the chains. There is a good rest half way up, but after the rest the climbing does get easier. I was really excited about this route, but slim thinks it is dumb. Jan 29, 2011
slim

  5.11d
slim    
  5.11d
what? kind of hard to compare 40 feet of semi sport climbing and about 30 feet of offset splitter to something like 9 lives, or bad cat, or johnny cat, or cat burglar, or deseret moon, or ...... Jan 30, 2011
Ben Griffin
Durango, CO
  5.12-
Ben Griffin   Durango, CO
  5.12-
I don't know slim. Its a pretty awesome pitch. Dec 4, 2013
AL .
UT
  5.12-
AL .   UT
  5.12-
More like 30 feet of sport climbing to like 60 feet of beautiful finger stacking with good feet the ENTIRE pitch. Definitely harder than every other 11+ I've done at the Cat Wall. Oct 30, 2015
I skipped the first big move by a less-than-classic traverse in from the left. Has anyone else done this? Nov 26, 2017
Matt Pesce
moab, ut.
  5.12-
Matt Pesce   moab, ut.
  5.12-
Great splitter climbing...
Like the new consensus @ .12-
It was a nemesis at .11+ Dec 30, 2017