Type: Trad, 90 ft (27 m)
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Chris Wenker on Aug 16, 2010
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Access Issue: Some rocks in this area are on private property. Be respectful when crossing private land. Details
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A 2-bolt anchor with chains appeared several years ago on this low buttress. The bulging face directly below the bolts appears to be unprotectable for quite a ways up. However, an easy crack approaches the bolts from pretty far to the left, and it's a pretty good beginner lead. Once the rope is hung from the chains, though, it's kind of hard to rap back down the crack because it's so far off the plumb line. Instead, the 5.8 face directly below can be toproped, although this is also kind of a PITA because the bolts are so far back behind the bulge that you end up with a bit of rope drag, and the oak trees at the base are in the way.
[Edit 2016] I once thought that this crack was 'The Rusty-P', as described in the old "Tao's Rock II" guide (1984). The location and description seemed to match, but I was perplexed by the absence of a piton. Since then, we found the piton off to the left, clearly not on this route. Hence, I renamed this route here on MP with the vaguely "P" related name. If any actual FA info shows up, let me know and I'll amend this page.


Located on the low southwestern buttress of Mosaic Rock, between Independence Gully to the right, and Beastie Alley to the left.


To lead the crack on the left, a single rack of cams and nuts suffice.