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Better late than never 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 400'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Nathan Brown (rope solo) P-3 previously partly climbed as early Girdle attempt
Season: dry
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Submitted By: nbrown on Oct 16, 2009

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Bring some tricams


Start on a small tree island about 50' right of the 1st pitch belay bolts of Manatee Fluid.

P-3 info updated 5/28/14

P-1: Climb pitch one of "Manatee" or traverse into base via same approach as for "Laruels Girdle".

P-2: Climb the thin face just left of the groove past three bolts and some gear (including #3 Camalot) to a natural belay in a right-facing corner at about 200'.

P-3: Climb the short corner above the belay and onto some flakes. Move up and right to the groove and a bolt. Continue up past another bolt about 10' above, then up the groove passing one more bolt up higher (apparently a new line coming in from the right -- looks cool). From here easier grooving leads to a gear belay in the groove.

Rap from Manatee, or from anchor bolts about 60' up the easy groove to the right.


Climbs the obvious water groove right of Manatee Fluid. Access route by traversing in from start of Laurel's Girdle, or climbing Manatee's first pitch.


Standard rack up to #3 Camalot. Tricams would be useful. Maybe a weighted skyhook for the flakes on pitch 2.

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By JoeLovenshimer
Oct 11, 2014

This is a fun route up one of those cool Laurel Knob water streaks and deserves a little more traffic. Also, the route that crosses P3 is called Laurel's Snake Dike.

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