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Big Blue 

YDS: 5.13b French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 30 British: E7 6c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.13b French: 8a Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 30 British: E7 6c [details]
FA: Alex Catlin
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Submitted By: yevquest on Nov 25, 2009

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Description 

This is from memory so my bolt count might be off.

Big Blue shares the start with Bottom Feeder. The first two bolts aren't so bad but then things get a little odd. Weird moves lead to a slightly scary 3rd clip and some harder (12-) climbing leading up to the popcorn tufas. Carefully make your way to the the huge jug on the right and relax, wishing for better footholds. After recovering, a harder than it should be traverse left leads to a line of good pockets and holes that's easy to get out of sequence on. Power through this for a couple of bolts to the last rest where the route gets very close to Nemo. The resthold is a classic resistance route rest where, off the dog, you feel like you could get full recovery. When on redpoint however, the rest bleeds you so don't tarry. Lots of different options for the next 5 feet, all hard, lead to the tufa curtain. A cool boulder problem guards the chains (trust the smeary feet!) with one slighly enhanced hold marring the route.

Felt about the same difficulty as Nemo but quite different. Better rests and harder moves instead of a sprint like Nemo.

Location 

right of Nemo

Protection 

7 bolts


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By yevquest
From: Southeast,US
Apr 1, 2010
rating: 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c

A pretty useless route description so I'll add more. This is from memory so my bolt count might be off.

Big Blue shares the start with Bottom Feeder. The first two bolts aren't so bad but then things get a little odd. Weird moves lead to a slightly scary 3rd clip and some harder (12-) climbing leading up to the popcorn tufas. Carefully make your way to the the huge jug on the right and relax, wishing for better footholds. After recovering, a harder than it should be traverse left leads to a line of good pockets and holes that's easy to get out of sequence on. Power through this for a couple of bolts to the last rest where the route gets very close to Nemo. The resthold is a classic resistance route rest where, off the dog, you feel like you could get full recovery. When on redpoint however, the rest bleeds you so don't tarry. Lots of different options for the next 5 feet, all hard, lead to the tufa curtain. A cool boulder problem guards the chains (trust the smeary feet!) with one slighly enhanced hold marring the route.

Felt about the same difficulty as Nemo but quite different. Better rests and harder moves instead of a sprint like Nemo.