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YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a PG13

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Bill and Paul Horton
Season: All
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Submitted By: J C Wilks on Sep 3, 2008

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JC climbing Mirage on a hot summer day. Photo: Jef...


A quality crack for sunny days as it's shaded by the trees. The crux is the OW top half. This pumpy route is definitely worth the effort to find.


Follow the loop trail NE along Sandy Creek to the crossing which heads between Buzzards Roost and Freshman Mt. Go NW and look for a cliff band hidden in the trees. Mirage crack is the tallest route on Mirage Wall, right of a large leaning tree.


Trad rack - med. to large pieces for OW. Scramble off to the right.

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By Tommy G.
From: Killeen, Texas
Aug 10, 2014

Good route, but the start forces you to go up the base of a tree a bit. Kind of pumpy, but there are good jams all the way and the OW up top really doesn't require OW skills. For better or worse.
By mattm
From: TX
Jan 20, 2015
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Gear is Good on this if a bit finicky to place in the middle (crack opens up inside so you need to be mindful of your cams opening up). Wide Gear up top (#4s)

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