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The Manatee 

Hueco: V4-5 Font: 6B+

Type:  Boulder, 18'
Consensus:  Hueco: V3 Font: 6A [details]
FA: David Baltz, 1979
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Submitted By: LeeAB on Feb 26, 2009

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Last evening burn (photo by Brian Sokol).


One of the taller lines at U-mound, though this would still barely qualify as a highball in many areas. Technical and insecure climbing to go along with a strong reputation still make this a desired tick.

There used to be an unstable plate about the size of a kitchen table that rocked back and forth in the landing area that has since migrated down the hill and settled.

Work up into the big underclings then ooze your way out to where you can grab the good hold over the lip with your left. Match briefly and reach up to a right crimp and match, now hoist your foot up over the lip onto the previous hold and some how reach out left to a hard to see sidepull. Work your way up crimpy side pulls until you can reach some rounded holds on top and start paddling.


The obvious west facing plate at the right end of the biggest boulder in the main cluster.


Pads and spotter. A few pads are nice to have as is pre-inspecting the top out.

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By Williampenner
From: The 505
Feb 28, 2009

That big rock was migrated as were other rocks over the years. Only took 3 to 4 people 15 minutes to get it to the present location.
By David Baltz
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dec 5, 2009

I may have been the first one to do this one--circa 1979. P. Horak and Mark Leonard also worked on it about the same time. As I recall, Mike Head did it on-sight.
By Jarred Cleerdin
Nov 30, 2010
rating: V3 6A

By docsavage
From: Albuquerque, NM
Feb 9, 2012

So you say, Dave, but where is their documentation ...

By Williampenner
From: The 505
Feb 9, 2012

Sweet video! Post more.
By KevJ
Mar 26, 2012
rating: V4-5 6B+ PG13

Loved seeing it going down in the day...most likely with no pads. Makes me feel light duty.

Recently started going to the U again and noticed between visits that someone is intentionally destroying holds.
By KevJ
Mar 27, 2012
rating: V4-5 6B+ PG13

Hey Jeremy,

No, but heard someone else did.

By David Baltz
From: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jul 17, 2015

"... and I sure hope Mike Head did it on-site - as opposed to, say, in his basement! "

Good catch Mark.
On-sight, not on-site.
By docsavage
From: Albuquerque, NM
Sep 18, 2015

Dave - English major - it has to be good for something, right? [BTW the offensive claws has been removed].

For the record the vid above is of the FA, done with no pads (what is a pad?) & barely any spotters (witness .20 onward) ... Dave & others had worked on it for months (or 'projected' as the kids say these days) ... the final send came on a louring winter day when I just happened to be there with my dad's super 8 camera ... not sure who first dubbed it the Manatee, we always just called it 'Dave's Problem' ... the name seems to fit, whoever came up with it....
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