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Routes in Upper Mound (main upper cluster of boulders)

Arete to Crack V7- 7A+
Highball slab problem V2 5+
Jelly Bean hand traverse V2 5+
Kaiser Soze V6 7A
Knob Problem V3 6A
Manatee trad traverse V0+ 4+
Manatee, The V4-5 6B+
Murray Highball, The V3+ 6A+
Unknown V3 6A
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Type: Boulder, 18 ft
FA: David Baltz, ca. 1984
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Shared By: claude. on Jun 24, 2011
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This U-Mound classic is on par with The Manatee (in my opinion) but strangely, it sees far less traffic. Perhaps it's the really bad landing or hard to reach start? Either way, this is a must do. While it is definitely easier and not quite as tall as the The Manatee, it requires a different level of commitment and risk.

Can also be linked via a low start on the arete which makes it a formidable hard line for those who have U-Mound dialed.


Starts high on the arete/prow directly behind the Highball Slab V2. You might have to stack a pad to reach the start hold, but continue up the face via crimps. Mantle. The hardest moves are the first several which get you established on the face, everything that follows shouldn't keep anyone from the top. Falling from the upper portion would be bad.


lots of pads


David Baltz
Albuquerque, New Mexico
V3+ R
David Baltz   Albuquerque, New Mexico
V3+ R
I'll claim credit for the FA on this one. Circa 1984.
I would call it closer to V2. Jul 17, 2015

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