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The splitter right trending crack to the right of 'Nutcracker'. Solo 30' up to the top of the shield, then dubious gear to get started in the incipient crack (take great care here - this is the crux and it's poorly protected). The crack widens as it goes right, offering bomber gear, but the slab underneath is very polished, making this a long and sustained pitch at the grade.


Route History:

  • First Free Ascent: Kim Schmitz, Jim Bridwell & Cliff Jennings, 1969


Located in Manure Pile Buttress approx:
Lat/Long: 37.731022,-119.618913

Route Grade Citations

5.9 Community registered grade
***Hard Landin' Brandon
5.9, 5.7 Hard Landin' Brandon
5.9 ***Gary K

Route quality

Route quality

Overall quality score: 79%

Lead Styles

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Comments keywords

crux sustained good great fun cool classic superb slippery polished mantle interesting traverse crack

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