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Howdy Doody Time 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 2 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Cam & Kathy Donnahoo, Barry Chambers, John Barbella, Leni Reeves
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring
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Submitted By: Aaron Slaven on Mar 31, 2016

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BETA PHOTO: Taken from the 4th bolt on the 2nd pitch on Howdy ...

Description 

A slab climb, yes. But the second pitch is varied with different friction features and interesting options as one travels up a mineral stained groove.
I can only guess this route does not see a lot of traffic. There were many decomposing edges and mungey friction until the 4th bolt on the 2nd pitch. Although the most recent guide book has this at .9+, I would venture to say due to grittiness around the lower crux, its at least .10a or more between the 3rd and 4th bolt. Another crux is presented above around the 8th bolt. However, this one has a lot of good features to work with and the rock is much cleaner high up on the slab.

Location 

The large orange mineral stained looking slab above to the left of the Hippo Wall is the "Frantic Manic Area". Although the start of the route in down in the gully to the left of Taking a Bath With Strangers (Labeled Anubis on some topos) on the Hippo Wall. An optional start that will pass the mungey crux is to join in the route at the 4th bolt on the Frantic Manic Ledge (Left of Mineral Magic).

Protection 

The first pitch is short and not too much gear is required. The second pitch is almost 60M with 10 bolts.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Taken from the 4th bolt on the 2nd pitch on Howdy ...
BETA PHOTO: Taken from the 4th bolt on the 2nd pitch on Howdy ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking at the route from the 2nd pitch belay.
BETA PHOTO: Looking at the route from the 2nd pitch belay.

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