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Manly Bulges 

YDS: 5.13c/d French: 8b Ewbanks: 31 UIAA: X British: E8 7a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13+ French: 8b Ewbanks: 30 UIAA: X- British: E7 7a [details]
FA: Ryan Lewis
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Short route with two hard cruxes. It is called 5.13c in the guide, but it has broken twice and is considered by some to be 5.14a. More like a V8 to a V8 in my opinion which adds up to 5.13d. The second boulder problem is a bit height-dependent. My beta involves dynoing off of a left hand undercling with a right hand two finger gaston.


This is a bit to the right of Black Slabbeth and currently has two hanging draws going up its black bulges.


8 draws should be enough.

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By rylew
Dec 3, 2009
rating: 5.13c/d 8b 31 X E8 7a

Ian gifted me this project in 2000 or 2001 and the fa was done by Ryan Lewis of Denver.

By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Dec 3, 2009

I tried this a bit and thought it was brick hard. Very small holds on the upper crux. I remember wishing there were a lower bolt to keep the rope out of the way on the lower crux and lessen the sketch factor clipping the first bolt. Good work, Ryan!

By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Feb 25, 2010
rating: 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a

Sent this yesterday. IMO, this is slightly easier than Green Bonus. I agree that this is sharp as hell, particularly the two-finger dish at the crux bulge, and the bolting could be improved. The crux bolt should probably be moved down & left ~12", and there really needs to be another bolt at the start. Until then, it's possible to scramble up to the ledge and pass a stick clip up to pre-clip. Or climb Totally Blonde and lower down this.

I really think this is a quality route, despite the above detractions. The rock is absolutely stellar, some of the best at Cactus. The moves are cerebral & fun. I tried this once in 2008 and came away with the same conclusions as everyone else: sharp, height-dependent, sandbagged. However, there is another sequence, glaringly obvious once you figure it out, that is not height-dependent, and IMO significantly easier than the beta described above.

By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Feb 27, 2010

It is funny how a 20-25' choss scramble to a high first bolt undermines the experience.

By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Feb 27, 2010
rating: 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a

I can add a bolt if nobody objects. I thought about doing it, but I thought I should send it first in its current state. It can be made safe the way it is, but it's kinda ridiculous for a route like this, at Cactus Cliff of all places, to have too few bolts. I lead it ground up my 2nd burn, and it was mildly terrifying making the last few moves to the first bolt. You could definitely fall there, and a fall would definitely put you in the hospital (or worse).

By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Feb 27, 2010
rating: 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a

Ok, I emailed Ryan Lewis & Ian Spencer-Green, and they both approve the addition of a bolt at the start. If there are any objections, speak up.

By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Mar 5, 2010
rating: 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a

Ben & I were able to get the new bolt in today. Thanks, Ben, for the belay and the use of your drill!