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Big Dreams  S 
Bulge to Groove T,TR 
Chimney T,TR 
Deflator-Mouse T,S 
Dihedral T,TR 
Dirty Boulevard, The S 
Eye of the Tiger S 
Face T,TR 
Face (left of Freeway) TR 
Feline Antics S 
Freeway T,TR 
Groper TR 
Honey Pot T,TR 
Jug Haul T,TR 
Lou Reed (5.12/AO) T 
Pit of Despair, The T,S 
Roof Rack T 
Scantily Trad T,S 
Slot Machine S 
Sweet Petite S 

Deflator-Mouse 

YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c

   
Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c [details]
FA: Diana Rogers & Harald Harb, October 2013
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Diana Rogers on Oct 24, 2013

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Diana getting ready to rock.

Description 

Start about 20 feet to the right of Freeway on the left side of a large, slightly-detached block. Pull up onto the top of the block. The crux is to get from this stance over the bulge until you are established in the dihedral. Stem up to another stance below the small arete, place some pro, reach up onto the face left of the arete to clip a bolt, then choose your path to the top: swing left onto the face for an easier out, stay right in the dihedral for a little more work. There's an easy stance to reach the two-bolt anchor.

Rap from here, or hop up on the large, sunny ledge and take Upper Freeway to its bolted anchor (gear required).

Richard Wright has also TR'd the left-wall crack/arete variation just after the crux. That version would use the three bolts we added but would need more and/or different gear. It's quite a bit harder than the stem version.

Location 

This is twenty feet right of Freeway. Follow cairns up to the base of Freeway from Mill Creek Rd. Deflator-Mouse starts on the right end of the same, waist-high ledge as the large, right-facing dihedral of Freeway.

Protection 

Three bolts, two near the lower crux, one below the anchors. Two-bolt anchor with rap rings. You'll need a small assortment of thin to finger to hand-size cams.
If you are concerned about on-sighting at this grade, we recommend stick clipping the second bolt. Make sure you clip that draw before you try to get over the bulge.


Photos of Deflator-Mouse Slideshow Add Photo
Diana cleaning up DM prior to RP burn.
Diana cleaning up DM prior to RP burn.
Deflator-Mouse starts on the left side of the block (where the ropes are tucked in). The line follows the left rope until the top arete, where you can follow either rope. Left onto the face is easier; right staying in the corner is harder. The anchors are just at the skyline. <br /> <br />Richard Wright's arete/crack variation is left of the ropes.
BETA PHOTO: Deflator-Mouse starts on the left side of the bloc...
Diana still cleaning up the last bit.
Diana still cleaning up the last bit.
Diana nearing the chains.
Diana nearing the chains.
Harald getting the work done for the rest of us.
Harald getting the work done for the rest of us.
At the chains.
At the chains.
Harald at crux #1.
Harald at crux #1.
Diana moving easily through the crux on RP burn.
Diana moving easily through the crux on RP burn.
Harald launching crux #2.
Harald launching crux #2.
Nearly finished.
Nearly finished.

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By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Oct 25, 2013
rating: 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c

Super. Deflator-Mouse is much more steep and continuous than the photo might suggest. I thought the climbing was cool and pumpy. This terrific line is definitely worth a burn if you are at the MCC. Unfortunately, the lame photographer that caught Harald's lead missed Diana' RP burn entirely. Will try again if I can.
By Harald Harb
From: Dumont
Oct 26, 2013
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13

Beta intense after 2nd clip. Clip the 2nd hanger on the way to standing on the big block. The gear, "cam" that is placed, is for your back-up if you miss clipping the 2nd bolt, so please leave it in place.
By DoNstamos
From: Dumont, CO
Sep 2, 2014

Hey Harald, great route. I still have yet to send this clean. I was up there about two weeks ago and found your red c3 laying in the dirt on the approach trail. I put it back in, but I fear first time visitors may booty that. -D