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Routes in Katrina Wall

Big Easy, The TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Blue Bayou S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Bourbon Street S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
French Quartered S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Mardi Gras S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
When the Levee Breaks S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Type: Sport, 60 ft
FA: Chris Miller & Lisa Guindon, 2005
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Shared By: Bill Olszewski on Jun 23, 2009
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Mardi Gras starts on the right side of the wall, next to a wide, right-slanting crack. Head straight up to the bulging overlap. Pull the bulge and continue up and right on solid holds, sometimes jugs, sometimes thin. Balance and footwork is the key. At the smooth patina face, find a few key holds and crank through. Finish up and left over soft knobs and dishes (what I considered to be the crux) to reach the anchor. Rappel to descend.


East face, next to last bolt line on the right.


6 bolts, bolted anchor


Bill Olszewski
Colorado Springs, CO
Bill Olszewski   Colorado Springs, CO
Chris – I’ve climbed a lot of your routes over the years. Good stuff. Mardi Gras is by far my favorite and the best easy .10 in Holcomb, imho. Thanks man!

Edit: I was telling Mike that day that you would take away a star and downgrade the route - I knew it! ha ha but really, 5.9? I was thinking .10a ... Jun 23, 2009
C Miller
C Miller   CA  
The three routes on the main face were originally rated 5.9 since they all felt about the same.

Pistol Pete, Ricochet and Vertical Epic seem better as they're longer and more continuous in nature. Jun 26, 2009
Dave Daly
Kernville, CA
Dave Daly   Kernville, CA
Chris....seriously, 5.9?? The obvious crux is passing the 3rd bolt while pulling moves into the .10a/b range. Been on Richochet and a few others of yours. I'll stick with .10a/b on this one.

Nice route dood! Jul 28, 2009
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
I like this climb. The crux is moving up to and through the 3rd bolt, and if you're shorter the crux will be more committing. In the middle it eases quite a bit, but Chris M had the good taste to add a longer runout, which spices things up, especially if you're pumped from the crux. The finishing moves, stepping right and hauling up big jugs is a blast - don't relax though, as the final slabby bit will really grab your attention, and make you switch gears. Oct 11, 2010
Phil Esra  
A bit of a reachy one-move wonder; worth doing but not as engaging as Bourbon St. Jun 16, 2014
Jeff Scofield
Yorba Linda, CA
Jeff Scofield   Yorba Linda, CA
The original out of print guidebook gives it a 10b and the consensus among my party of 5 today was also 10B. although only clipping 3rd to 4th bolt was 10b rest was easy but still stiff moves approacing 3rd bolt to midway to 4th bolt was 10b Jun 11, 2016
susan peplow
Joshua Tree
susan peplow   Joshua Tree
The entire wall is pretty fun but this route is the cleanest and best of the lot. Jul 10, 2017
phylp   Upland
I think the rating depends on how you approach the third bolt, and how you exit at the top. I went the way that looked easiest to me at the low crux (traversing under the third bolt and then re-approaching with a pop left from the right), and it felt like 5.9. My climbing partner approached from straight under, a way I had disregarded, and it definitely looked harder that way. Jul 21, 2017

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