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Where else would Mercenary Swine hang out other than Blackwater?

Access issues inherited from Back side

The backside is all state forest, motorised vehicles on formed roads only, but other than that most things are fair game

Ethic inherited from Pierce's Creek

A number of problems have been established and reestablished since the fires and to a large extent climb like the original problems.

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Might be slightly sandbagged. Up using the rail for left hand and top out. NOTE: Descent off this boulder is by down-climbing or jumping.

FA: David Nott, 31 Mar 2013

Sit start using the undercling, careful not to lever off the flake, and huck to the top.

FA: David Nott, 31 Mar 2013

Not your usual boulder problem. A V0 chimney. Up and over. If you head right to the back it's shorter. If you want to add a bit of spice, top out on the big mushroom on top with a heel hook so you feel really insecure. Just don't fall off from there because you'd probably kill yourself impaled on a tree. Also, I take no responsibility for any stupid decisions you make.

FA: David Nott, 31 Mar 2013

The gently overhanging finger and hand crack with a huge fallen flake on the left. The scary flake up high in the photo is gone, much safer now. To descend, first climber should rap off gear belay then tie rope to a sturdy tree. Second climber can dismantle belay, throw rope off the other side and rap that way (don't get rope caught in crack). Route takes all sizes of gear from finger to fist. Belay needs thin hand to fist cams. The 4x2 is old and dangerous but totally redundant with modern gear.

FA: Robert Topfer, 1980

Grade is a best guess based on feedback from someone who's climbed 'Mercenary Swine'. May have been climbed before.

Could go as a boulder problem, assuming someone is willing to down-climb it. Up the wide to start then thinning off-width. Possibly too big for most gear.

Rising star is described from the knoll near the parking for Blacwater

Looking back to the main track from the knoll, a group of small boulders could once be seen in a gully. This is the short line.

FA: Colin Coleman, 1980


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