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Shock and Awe 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: J.J.
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Submitted By: Adam Beck on Jun 7, 2010

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Sometimes starting is the hardest part


Really long; really cool route found at the Hideout in Muir Valley. Follows an obvious crack system that goes through some gently overhanging rock and up the length of the wall. An exciting adventure!


The dihedral located where the trail for The Hideout dumps.


Standard rack with runners. The wide crack staring down at you from 70 feet up narrows to a point where it will accept a bomber #2 Camalot up high.

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By Ryan Justen
From: St. Paul, MN
Jul 11, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Great route! Nice and long too. The quality of huge plate jugs at the top worried me a bit, but maybe that's because I'm not used to the Red
By Mark Cushman
From: Cumming, GA
Nov 16, 2010

Plates that you haul on above the roof are SCARY thin, but seem to be solid. Fun route!
By Jonathan Steitzer
From: West Lebanon, NH
Mar 7, 2011
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Fun, easy
By highneed
Sep 7, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is the best 5.7 at the RRG, never will you find a steeper climb with such good hold at the grade. Crux is the first 10-15 feet then its 5.5 sailing on jugs.
By Ted Pinson
From: Chicago, IL
Apr 10, 2017
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

So this did NOT feel like 5.7 to me, especially at Muir. The dihedral was also super dirty and sketchy, and pulling on those plates at the top, I was just waiting for one to pull off...although you can stick a bomber #4 in the fist crack before launching into that section. That said, it was a fun climb, but not 5.7 IMO. The top section felt exactly like the 10s
over at Great Wall. Have never experienced an overhanging jug haul trad climb before! When I hear "gently overhanging," I don't exactly picture body-sized roof pulls...

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