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e. The Mac Wall (Something Interesting)

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Birdie Party T 
Co-op T 
Coexistence T 
Credibility Gap T 
Dangler, The T 
Dry Martini T 
Fall to Grace T 
Fly Again T 
Graveyard Shift T 
Higher Stannard T 
Interstice T 
Jane Fonda Workout for Pregnant Women, The TR 
Land Ho! T 
Land's End (Direct) T 
Laughing Man T 
Men At Arms T 
MF T 
Mother's Day Party T 
Overhanging Layback T 
Redirectional Idealism T 
Scene of the Climb T 
Something Boring T 
Something Interesting T 
Star Action T 
Still Crazy After All These Years T 
Tequila Mockingbird T 
Three Pines T 
Tough Existence T 
Tough Shift T 
Try Again T 
Welcome to the Gunks T 

e. The Mac Wall (Something Interesting) Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: JSH on Feb 15, 2011
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last area: Strictly - Shockley's | next area: Guide's Wall

Description 

Major Features: The Mac Wall is named after the man whose name graces almost all of the first ascents in the area: Jim McCarthy. It's no coincidence that this area is dense in multi-starred classic routes, particularly in the 5.10 range.

If someone says "Meet me at the Mac Wall", they're almost certainly describing the dozen or so routes centered around MF, up to about Overhanging Layback.

For our purposes, though, this entire area starts with the major, classic corner system of Three Pines, and extends past the Mac Wall proper, past Welcome to the Gunks, and ends at the huge right-facing orange corner of Asphodel.

Approach: For the Mac Wall proper, walk down the carriage road; once you're past the East Trapps Connector (Stairmaster) intersection, keep an eye out for the very obvious right-leaning crack of Something Interesting. The next trail up - a few yards down the carriage road - brings you right to the base of MF. A bit further down the carriage road, another trail will bring you straight to the bottom of Welcome.

Descent: For the Mac Wall proper, many routes have two-bolt anchors atop first pitches, and one 60m rope will get you to the ground.

There is a set of three bolted anchors descending from the clifftop between Three Pines and Something Interesting. The bolts at the clifftop themselves are a bit hidden in a copse of trees, well left of the top of Three Pines. Rap 3x with one rope, or 2x with 2 ropes, and be aware of parties below you.

There is a tree rappel over Overhanging Layback from the GT; one rope will get you to first-pitch bolts over the right end of the Mac Wall, or two to the ground.

For Tequila Mockingbird and neighbors, plan on topping out and descending via bolts over Something Interesting.

For the routes near Welcome to the Gunks, it is strongly recommended to have two ropes. An intermediate anchor exists, but you won't like it!

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.6 miles from here

31 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',4],['5.8',1],['5.9',5],['5.10',13],['5.11',4],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in e. The Mac Wall (Something Interesting)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for e. The Mac Wall (Something Interesting):
Three Pines   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 3 pitches, 160'   
Credibility Gap   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Tequila Mockingbird   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   
Overhanging Layback   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
Something Interesting   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Higher Stannard   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   
MF   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
The Dangler   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 20'   
Tough Shift   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Men At Arms   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Welcome to the Gunks   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Birdie Party   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Mother's Day Party   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
Star Action   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Try Again   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Graveyard Shift   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Coexistence   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Interstice   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
Laughing Man   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Fly Again   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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BETA PHOTO: MF/Mac Wall approach trail. The next trail is Wel...
Rock Climbing Photo: Darek Kuczynski fully focused on the CoEx crux. Ey...
Darek Kuczynski fully focused on the CoEx crux. Ey...
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P1 of Overhanging Layback
Rock Climbing Photo: Something Interesting for a warm day in January
Something Interesting for a warm day in January
Rock Climbing Photo: The tiered roofs of Welcome - Tricia is above the ...
The tiered roofs of Welcome - Tricia is above the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the start of Tequila Mockingbird
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the start of Tequila Mockingbird
Rock Climbing Photo: Becky Diamond underneath the MF crux
Becky Diamond underneath the MF crux
Rock Climbing Photo: Tricia at the start of Interstice
Tricia at the start of Interstice
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