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Where else would Mercenary Swine hang out other than Blackwater?


See the map for the area location. If you can find the parking for 'Tumblers' (the bouldering area), you then walk down the lefthand road until it is blocked off by rocks, turn left (do not continue straight!) and follow the winding road to an intersection, then bush-bash your way in until you find a set of large boulders. Mercenary Swine is on the downhill side.

Descent Notes

You will either need to leave gear or rap off the 2x4 to get off 'Mercenary Swine'.

Ethic inherited from Pierce's Creek

Keep it natural, even though some of the past developers sunk some handholds.



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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.