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Manic Depressive Direct 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
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Submitted By: M. Morley on Jul 17, 2011

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Start approximately 20' to the right of Harvey's Wallbangers, Right at a low-angle, left trending crack/seam. There is a pod about 15' off the ground that offers good protection. Continue up right-trending crack for a full rope length and belay when out of rope or where comfortable. A short, 50' pitch takes you to the top.

Descend to the east (climber's left).


Standard rack.

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By Josh Cameron
From: California in my Mind
Aug 31, 2011
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

Most people hate this climb, but I like it. Despite the easy rating, it's probably not a good beginner lead since the climb involves some committing moves (for 5.5 at least) above thin gear. Better to stick to Knapsack Crack.
By Alex Haeger
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 20, 2012

This route begins at the very tall pine with bushes directly climbers right (correct me if I'm wrong). I started a pitch below that (5.easy but loose) because there was no better info on here about the approach to this route. I came from climbers left, where I followed the main lovers leap trail from campgrounds until the left turn at the downed log at the notch in the hills. Can someone update the approach to this climb?

Also, I think Mountain Project route posters should steer away from describing route locations based on where the route to the left/right is in relation. Many people who use this site don't know where the right/left routes are and can get lost very easily. Especially on these easy routes which are often climbed by those new to the sport.
Jun 14, 2013

This climb is actually called "Hog Flake" , i was one of the FA party in 1977 along with Greg Bergren . It starts to the right of the large tree in an arching expanding flake- then into thin cracks eventually reaching the 2nd belay stance of wave rider. We rated it 5.7
By JC w KC redux
Jul 1, 2013

Alex - follow the obvious slanting crack system(s)- slants up and right - up to the big tree - listed as 4th class on supertopo but a few moves border on 5th class - it's like doing a solo warmup pitch. There is an excellent exposed tree root several inches in diameter to anchor your belayer at the start of manic. I thought the initial crux after the pod in the flake was easy compared to some of the moves higher up. The crack is shallow and flaring in several sections. I would suggest building the belay after the middle mark on a 60m rope where the stances are decent and the gear is solid.

Josh is right about the rating. I thought some of the moves were at least a grade harder - esp when compared to Knapsack.
By Bailey Smith
Sep 7, 2016
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13

This was the hardest and spookiest 5.5 I've ever climbed. Definitely a step up from Knapsack.
By Boriss
From: Sacramento
Jan 9, 2017

One of my favorite routes on Hogsback. The first part is really fun, some thin sections but really cool.

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