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Monster in the Maze 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

Type:  Sport, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: John Perlin
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Submitted By: Sean Denny on Oct 29, 2010

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Monster starts in the middle and cuts out right at...


I've heard nothing but praise for this route, but I've yet to try it.
A link up of the first part of Quartz Crystal and the second part of Dagger of the Mind, it is the best of both routes.


Start on Quartz Crystal, after the third bolt (second opinion please?) traverse right into Dagger of the Mind using good, blocky holds.



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By steve edwards
From: SLC, UT
Nov 8, 2010

FA: John Perlin.

No PG anywhere. When we were putting this up we fell from probably every conceivable position.
By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
Nov 8, 2010

Agreed. Totally safe at every spot. For what it's worth, I think this route is stupid hard—but awesome nonetheless.
By Adam Haas
From: Santa Barbara, California
Feb 5, 2011

I think the route's proper name is actually "Monster in the Maze," without the 's', a reference to the Minotaur of Greek mythology. I sure as hell can't climb it (yet), though it is my goal.
By steve edwards
From: SLC, UT
May 18, 2011

Adam, you are correct. That is exactly where the name came from. Monsters is what we called it for short, which is probably what's happened here.

If this route is stupid hard than the rest on this cliff must be insane. After the QC crux broke off, this became the mileage jug haul at the cliff.
By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
May 19, 2011

Yeah, the rest of the crag does seem pretty stout. I'm hoping to put in some good effort up there before it gets hot. I would love to do the center line.
By Jack Hereford
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 21, 2014

The main crystal in the starting hold had some good jiggle to it when we were trying this... maybe someone with epoxy expertise could remedy that. I'm too scared to try for fear of botching it on such a rad line.

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