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Routes in Mothership Cliff

Barracuda S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Blood Sport S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Catch and Release S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Excelsior S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Fight Club S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Holey Wars S 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Living Dead S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Northern Pike S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Piranha S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Sea Monkey S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Steelhead S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
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Type: Sport, 90 ft
FA: Beckham & Bates 1995
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Shared By: david goldstein on Nov 28, 2006
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Northern Pike and its neighbor, Living Dead, make a great one-two punch for the 5.11 climber. Throw in Catch-n-Release and Bird of Prey and you've got a four round knockout.

Start on the right side of Mothership, on a north facing wall with a couple of impossible looking climbs to the right of it. Pass three bolts (~5.9), go left (right would put you on Fight Club, 13b) across an arete to a couple of easy moves, clip a what-for? bolt (apparently it directs the rope over a favorable section of the arete) then clip the 5th bolt with a longer sling than you'd like. Getting to the 6th bolt is the crux and quite involved for the reach challenged. The climbing from here on is extremely enjoyable -- steep and stimulating on fabulous rock.

This pitch might feel slightly run-out. (It has six fewer bolts than the Living Dead which is 10' longer.) A small nut can be placed between the 5th and 6th bolts, taking some of the bite out of the pike.


At the northern/right end of MC.


9 bolts.


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