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Amazing Gravy T,TR 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
Ambulance Blues S,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Bold Talk for a One-Eyed Fat Man S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Carpet Crawl T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Deep Prok S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Eden T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
Elastic Happiness T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
Fly on a Windshield T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
French Route T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
God's Elastic Acre T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
Gravitron T,TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a X
Green Death TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Happy Radio T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
Intensive Care T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b X
Itty Bitty Black Streak TR 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
La Dolce Vita TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c X
Matrimonio Feliz T,TR 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R
Mexican Radio T,TR 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13
Nerdwand T,TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a X
Prok T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X
Pummel Jenga T,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Real Gravy T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Runamuck T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Sixth Happiness T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
Stranger Direct T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b X
Stranger Than Friction T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Texas Radio T,TR 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
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Type: Trad, 200 ft, 2 pitches
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Shared By: Neal Douglass on Mar 9, 2010
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The start is slight right of the bolt line up a flake into a dish. Clip first bolt and move left to the second bolt. It is best to remove the first clip as it will cause rope drag. Move past the bolt using a mantle move. This gives way to the second (3rd) bolt. Climb up to a good stance and clip the third (4th)bolt and the next fun moves. A small crack and a fancy foot work gets you past this fun section. Once above the crack you encounter another mantle and access to the fourth (5th) bolt. Move a little left and climb up to a short ramp and the fifth (6th) bolt. A long run out of around 35' up and right takes you to the rap anchors and finishes the first pitch. The second pitch is on easy but run out rock to the top. There are belay anchors at the base of a large boulder at the top. You may also use the rap anchors that will deposited you at the base on French Route.


Starts at small flake right of a large dish. Rap anchors finish first pitch. Climb out or rap to base of French Route.


6 bolts & Rap anchors


Ryan Ray
Weatherford, TX
  5.9+ PG13
Ryan Ray   Weatherford, TX
  5.9+ PG13
this route feels easier than 5.10 to me compared to other 10s ive been on. It is however pretty sustained from start to the top out of the vertical section. Great route and worth doing. Sep 20, 2010
John D
5.10b PG13
John D  
5.10b PG13
The mantle's on this route were super fun, but I'd hate to blow them, you'll go for a ride. Also it can be done as one pitch, I got a little lost after I finished the first pitch, so I clipped one of the anchor bolts and kept hiking. Probably easier to do it in one pitch, gives you less time to think about the super run out 5.7 slab ahead. You can protect the last move or two to the second pitch anchors. I think it's about a green camalot size but can't remember for sure. Sep 6, 2012
I did this onsite years ago. 10b for sure. Yes, that 2nd mantel will get the heart rate up, even before you do it! Don't forget Fly on a Windshield (10a) and French Route (11a), just to the right. May 6, 2013
mattm   TX
Rather than head up and right on the runout slab after the 6th bolt, I continue up and left into the right facing flake. This takes you up and eventually right towards the mid-anchor. You can get good pro in along here.(#2 C4 and .5 C4) Just feels like the natural line to me. OR, even better, follow the flake until it punches down, get your last pro in and then move up and LEFT on moderate slab to another set of anchors where you can easily get on Pummel Jenga, 6th Happiness and Texas Radio. Nov 4, 2013
This might be the single most classic climb in the park!

One option for preventing rope drag is to clip the first bolt with a double length runner, then travse to the second bolt, clip it and pull the "infamous mantle." Once over the mantle, clip the third bolt, and finally reach down to your feet and unclip the second bolt. It also helps to use a long runner on the sixth bolt, right before the right trending runout.

A 60 Meter rope will barely make it from the midway anchors as long as the rope isn't still meandering down the wall through runners or quickdraws. A 60 meter only makes it if you are careful where you aim. If you aim too far left it will come up short. Use knots in the ends of your rope. Do not attempt to be lowered off by the belayer with the rope running through quick draws and runners. If you go all the way to the second set of anchors a 60 meter rope will not make it down in one rappel. I don't think a 70 will make it either. Feb 9, 2014
Tommy G.
Killeen, Texas
Tommy G.   Killeen, Texas
That first mantle is the business. Excellent route that keeps coming, and one of the most memorable slab routes I've ever been on. The upper mantle over the mild runout is perfect! You'll find the long runout above the last bolt to be super cruiser if you've made it that far without problems.

I unclipped the first bolt after clipping the 2nd. Didn't see much need for extending the last & had no problems. Sep 30, 2014

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