Type: Trad, 600 ft, 4 pitches
FA: Nathan Brown, Andrew Mcdowell with help from Lee Carter & Brian Williams
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Shared By: nbrown on Apr 12, 2010
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

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Description

This is an amazing laser cut water groove and streak that probably should have been climbed a long time ago. In my opinion it is easily one of the best routes at Laurel Knob. Start up high on a wooded ledge, same as for Nannas Bananas. FYI: This route dries long before Manatee Fluid (for reference).

P-1. Very fun pitch if dry. Climb the left-hand groovy crack thing to a ledge and belay from bolts. 5.9. (Alt if wet, climb the 4th class slab on right to same ledge)

P-2. 5.11 The money pitch... Climb the water streak and groove past 10 bolts (2 have been added) and gear, varying from small C3's to a possible #4 camelot. Belay at 2 bolt anchor at 185'.

P-3. 5.9 Climb the moderate groove past 2 bolts and gear to bolt anchor at 175'. There is a cool #4 camelot placement in the groove up high on this pitch.

P-4. Pretty uneventful, but if you've just gotta top out the groove... then climb an easy 5th class pitch to the same rap anchor as for Nannas.... and Laurels Girdle. It is slightly out left of the groove above the mossy ledges.

Rap route. If the first pitch is wet, it might be best to rap the apron on Manatee left to avoid getting ropes wet.

Location

This is the groove to the right of nannas bananas and left of the most wet streak at LK

Protection

Standard rack up to #4 camelot. Hybrid aliens are useful but not necessary.

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