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Dagger of the Mind S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Monster in the Maze S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Private Little War S 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Quartz Crystal S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Stealing Fire S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
That Which Survives S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: John Perlin
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Shared By: Sean Denny on Oct 29, 2010
Admins: andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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I've heard nothing but praise for this route, but I've yet to try it.
A link up of the first part of Quartz Crystal and the second part of Dagger of the Mind, it is the best of both routes.


Start on Quartz Crystal, after the third bolt (second opinion please?) traverse right into Dagger of the Mind using good, blocky holds.




Jack Hereford
Tucson, AZ
Jack Hereford   Tucson, AZ
The main crystal in the starting hold had some good jiggle to it when we were trying this... maybe someone with epoxy expertise could remedy that. I'm too scared to try for fear of botching it on such a rad line. Oct 21, 2014
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
andy patterson   Carpinteria, CA  
Yeah, the rest of the crag does seem pretty stout. I'm hoping to put in some good effort up there before it gets hot. I would love to do the center line. May 19, 2011
steve edwards
steve edwards   SLC, UT
Adam, you are correct. That is exactly where the name came from. Monsters is what we called it for short, which is probably what's happened here.

If this route is stupid hard than the rest on this cliff must be insane. After the QC crux broke off, this became the mileage jug haul at the cliff. May 18, 2011
Adam Haas
Santa Barbara, California
Adam Haas   Santa Barbara, California
I think the route's proper name is actually "Monster in the Maze," without the 's', a reference to the Minotaur of Greek mythology. I sure as hell can't climb it (yet), though it is my goal. Feb 5, 2011
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
andy patterson   Carpinteria, CA  
Agreed. Totally safe at every spot. For what it's worth, I think this route is stupid hard—but awesome nonetheless. Nov 8, 2010
steve edwards
steve edwards   SLC, UT
FA: John Perlin.

No PG anywhere. When we were putting this up we fell from probably every conceivable position. Nov 8, 2010