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California Girls (aka Muffin Top) T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Dummy's Delight T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Hidden Arch T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Ladyfingers T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Loose Lady T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Nasty Lady TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Puss N' Boots T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Snap on Demand T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: (TR) Chris Miller, 1997, First lead: Paul Borne & Al Swanson, 2010
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Shared By: Steven Lucarelli on Dec 28, 2007
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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The new J-Tree West guide gives this route two stars but I can't see why since the rock sucks. Basically the route climbs a thin slab that has numerous loose and hollow flakes for holds that might break off at any moment. I guess its worth doing if you already have a rope up, but maybe not.


This route is located between Loose Lady and Puss N' Boots.


9 bolts, 2 bolt anchor/rap


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Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
TR'd it after Loose Lady. I only noticed a few loose holds, so it must be cleaning up. That being said, it definitely felt 5.11- to me so perhaps some holds have vanished. Jan 30, 2013
aka Muffin Top Nov 18, 2012
T. Stark
Los Angeles, CA
T. Stark   Los Angeles, CA
I liked this climb, lots of little edges. Maybe some stuff has broken off but it felt casual. Went straight up on the runout from the ninth bolt, easier but sketch for sure. Oct 28, 2012
Ben H  
Agree with Nick. Sort of squeeze job, and its bolt line is so close to Puss N Boots near the crux of Puss N Boots.

Also feels much easier than PnB, but is similarly rated. Feb 18, 2012
Nick Sullens
Yosemite/ Bishop
Nick Sullens   Yosemite/ Bishop
I'll second the loose flakes comment. Would have been better left as a toprope, its kind of a squeeze job as a lead. Feb 10, 2012
Very loose exfoliating rock. Managed to onsight this route but also managed to break some holds off while doing it. I am not really sure if it meets up to the 11b grade but definitely a 10+/11-. My partner managed to pull off a hand sized thin flake on this thing so it might be wise to wear a helmet as the belayer. Not that great of a route in my opinion but worth it if you're already there.

Maybe in time as this thing sees more traffic it will clean up and lose some of those loose holds. Jun 28, 2011