Der Glotz is a great route situated between Watermarks and Sunken Pillar. It follows a right-trending diagonal ledge up to some tough moves up along the left side of the zig-zag overhangs of Watermarks Left Side. To climb get up onto the diagonal ledge (ledge is about 2" wide) and use careful hands to work right until ledge runs out. At the top of the ledge reach up to a rectangular pocket. Pull up on this pocket and move your feet up so you can get your feet up into this pocket. From here there are 2-3 side-pull holds. Pull and lean right, and move up past zig-zag overhangs to easier terrain.
To set up the Top Rope for this climb your anchor should be directly below the Balanced Rock.
I climbed 'Der Glotz' with the winter-weiry locals on a warm Feb 29, 2003 not expecting much other than a warm-up for Morning After(10d)/Morning Before(11d) lines (not sure what is what over there since all the tape is gone) and then Moondust(11b), and ended up amazed by how fun and crazy the moves get! Kudos to the routesetter. Best 5.9 I've ever been on anywhere (outdoors, that is)!
Next best climb in the Balanced Rock area, in my opinion, is the unlisted 15 foot block face above the ledge that Moondust finishes on. Roughly a 5.10c/d, bring your long arms.
Climbed it this weekend. After climbing through the morning on Saturday I was too burnt to nail the crux (yep, a little outa shape). Went back Sunday morning and nailed it on my second attempt. Awesome view from the top this time of year too (better of course after climbing then when setting up an anchor...). Haven't been climbing that long and this was a good confidence booster.
By Andy Hansen From: Longmont, Colorado Feb 21, 2010 rating: 5.9+5c17VI17E1 5a
This climb had a great variety of moves and a very consistent grade all the way through... until the very last parts of the top. The grade sort of fades out then and then it's a romp up to the anchors. Cool hand/footwork towards the bottom. I had way more fun on this climb than on Watermarks.
By Doug Hemken Administrator Jun 30, 2011 rating: 5.9+5c17VI17E1 5a R
Burt's gear beta: "all three ballnuts!"
By Dylan Colon From: Eugene, OR Aug 14, 2011 rating: 5.95c17VI17HVS 5a R
No where near bold enough to go ground-up like Rhoads, I lead this a couple weekends ago after extensive top-rope practice. Ball nuts make it still sketchy, but definitely not X-rated, in my opinion. That said, even will full sets of C3's and brassies, if you do not get some very specific ball nut placements, this is a solo. On my first lead attempt, I was an idiot and decided to go for it even though it was wet, and I didn't have the right ball nut on me. I decked from pulling the first little roof 15-20 feet up, though a purple C3 placement (which ripped) arrested my fall enough that I was totally unharmed. A couple weeks later, I went back, and got a ball nut in the same area, and was able to bounce on it repeatedly will my full body weight plus shock-loading on the placement, and it held. Still wouldn't want to take a lead fall on to it though.
Have just a little time at the end of the day? "Der Glotz" is your go-to. John Markestad and I often take a 12 pack up to the Balanced Rock Wall after work. "Der Glotz" and "Beer & Booty" are the most interesting routes to play on with lots of variations to keep them interesting. Both climbs become VERY interesting after 4 beers.