Avg: 1.9 from 15 votes
|Type:||Trad, 100 ft (30 m)|
|FA:||SA, Mark Colby|
|Page Views:||483 total · 3/month|
|Shared By:||Scott Ayers on Aug 8, 2008|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Brian Boyd|
Note - This was the first ascentionists very first attempt at establishing a new climb back in 1982. Unfortunately, he was deceived by the crags chief developer, Mike Strassman, into thinking that the crack had already been climbed, and was repeating a 5.7 route. Forty feet up the route, trying to excavate decent protection from the grassy crack, a large loose block was encountered, and the would-be first ascentionist was gripped by the fear of riding the bock to the ground. It was at this point that Mike walked over grinning like the Cheshire Cat, and announced that nobody had actually climbed the route and it would be a first ascent for the now quaking leader. Upon informing Mike that he had put the inexperienced leader into a life-threatening situation with his deception, Mike shrugged his shoulders and proclaimed, Do you want to live forever? in his best English accent. This question was promptly answered by the sheepish leaders hasty down-lead of the route back to the ground. Thus was the darker side of Mikes personality revealed for all to ponder.
Approximately ten years later, just before the intensive sport climbing development up canyon at Munchkinland, the more seasoned leader decided to finish the job and lead the dirty, dangerous crack to try and make amends for the past. The lead went well, but the filthy crack system was not worth reporting, and went forgotten until recently when a thorough cleaning unearthed a high quality route with an anchor placed at the end of the interesting climbing. Now this route can be enjoyed for the quality line that it is, and Mikes original vision is complete!