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Atari 

Hueco: V6+ Font: 7A R

   
Type:  Boulder, 14'
Consensus:  Hueco: V6 Font: 7A [details]
FA: Victor Copeland (?)
Season: Fall-Spring
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Submitted By: Colin R on Oct 16, 2007

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Description 

Dubbed "The World's Shortest Highball", Atari Arete is one of the most aesthetic boulder problems on the east side of the Sierras (or anywhere) and offers an exciting finish. What starts off as a wide sloping bear-hug style arete, eventually becomes narrower and less secure. Most beta involves heel-hooking one side of the arete (generally the right side) as you squeeze the arete and pull off the ground. Keep your eye out for marginal foot smears as you pull off the ground and again higher up. There is no real defined crux, however reaching a critical thumb-pocket high and right allows you to adjust your feet and work your left hand up before eventualy throwing for the lip.

Location 

Happy Boulders, Bishop: On the right side of the canyon on the trail to the Happy Boulders (visible from the trail)

Protection 

There are multiple ledges that you can land on to the right of this climb. Ideally, you should have a pad on each of them and a couple spotters: one just at the base and one down below in case you pitch off the first ledge. Beware of the fall on this climb... legend has it John Sherman fell while lunging for the lip, taking his spotter out with him for the plunge into the talus below (which I assume was well padded). So pad up thoroughly!


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A moment shared between friends - Winston, Damon, and Ross
A moment shared between friends - Winston, Damon, ...
Atari (V6). Happy Boulders, Bishop, CA.
Atari (V6). Happy Boulders, Bishop, CA.
Greg Jackson playing "Atari"
Greg Jackson playing "Atari"
Atari Boulder. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Atari Boulder.
Photo by Blitzo.
Atari Topo
BETA PHOTO: Atari Topo
Joe on "Atari"
Joe on "Atari"
Joe low on "Atari"
Joe low on "Atari"
Me trying Atari
Me trying Atari
When your hand hits the lip you will probably be at full extension....
When your hand hits the lip you will probably be a...
Colin Rickert on Atari
Colin Rickert on Atari
The ever popular Atari V6
The ever popular Atari V6
MatthewNM squeezin' for all he's worth
MatthewNM squeezin' for all he's worth
colin rickert pulling off the ground on atari
colin rickert pulling off the ground on atari
finding the thumb catch is key beta
finding the thumb catch is key beta
That is the look of fear.
That is the look of fear.
getting ready to throw for the lip
getting ready to throw for the lip
Issaku Kohl on Atari
Issaku Kohl on Atari
To throw or not to throw....
To throw or not to throw....
grom
grom
Just before hitting the lip, in suspended animation.....
Just before hitting the lip, in suspended animatio...

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By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Oct 16, 2007

Nice photo of Atari.... reminds me of a friend..........

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~Susan
By Tim Steele
From: Bishop, CA.
Nov 25, 2007

what's the worst that could happen...

so classic.
By C Miller
Administrator
Dec 1, 2009

Atari on Youtube -

By Andy Liu
From: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Nov 18, 2011

By Colin R
From: Ottawa, ON
May 20, 2012

Andy you make it look so smooth it hardly seems difficult or sketchy even. When I did it I remember totally sketching on each move until I hit the lip.
By Reed Harvey
Dec 4, 2012

My favorite line in the Tablelands! By FAR
By cbtacy
Aug 11, 2013
rating: V5+ 6C+ R

1 - get the thumb in the pocket
2 - SMOOTH to the lip (do NOT trutch)
3 - have at least 2 spotters unless you're super solid at the grade
4 - harder if you are short