Type: Sport, 110 ft
FA: John Scott
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Shared By: Lurker on Feb 18, 2018
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First route at the Caves and still one of the best.

Follow a plumb line up the tallest section of the Mystery Tower. There's a load of 5.11-ish climbing with a distinct crux about halfway up, involving some sharpish but positive crimps and a 2-finger pocket.


14 bolts, anchors.


Farthest right route on the wall, just right of the obvious left-leaning ramp system.


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Evan Wisheropp
Evan Wisheropp  
I skipped the chalked up pocket halfway up and moved right, which is actually pretty mellow. Be aware, the entire first 3/4 is extremely sharp, likely the sharpest route at the Caves, so come with fresh skin. I am so tempted to give it three stars just for the sharpness, but the upper section is just so cool. I got on this one again after sending Son of A Preacher Man (which I think is solid 12a), but the cruxes on Mystery Route are all leagues harder in my opinion. There are three mini-cruxes which come after clipping each of the last three bolts. I used several long draws and slings to keep the rope running clean on the midsection.

Also, this route was originally graded 12b in the 1998 guidebook, which I think is very accurate. May 7, 2018