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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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V1 * My Private Beulah Boulder 4m

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, 2013


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

FA: David Nott, 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, 2013

21 Mercenary Swine Trad 15m

The fierce finger and hand crack with a huge flake on the left to start. At least, it used to have a huge flake. Now that is completely detached, and the arete has been destroyed after the fires as well. There's no way to walk off this boulder - either rap off gear or the 2x4 generously left behind. If you trust it.

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

16 Rising Star Trad 10m

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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