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Eye of the Cougar 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

Type:  Trad, 25'
Original:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Colin Rickert 2009
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Colin R on Apr 14, 2010

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  • Description 

    Super tech bouldery route above the start of "It's Only Interment" (i.e. direct finish on thin seam). The route features two cruxes which come back to back with a sketchy clip thrown in between. First crux is an extension move off a side pull while the second crux is a full body lock-off/press-down off a miserable gaston to an incut hold way above with pasted feet (the full sequence is about V6-ish). Finish with a few feet of 5.10/V1 climbing using some gear for pro in the crack (one bolt anchor at the moment). Grade needs more ascents to confirm. Good luck...


    Far left hand side of Cat's Ass Wall


    Use small wire and cam in crack near the top. May wish to place gear below first bolt too. I climbed up to clip first bolt then down climb and start over (clipping first bolt messes up sequence). FA was pinkpointed. This route could be bouldered if one were bold enough and had enough pads though a large rock at the bottom would need to be moved or broken into smaller pieces somehow as its a real danger (crux is at about 16 feet)

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    By Colin R
    From: Ottawa, ON
    Nov 25, 2010

    I've upped the rating to solid 12c (no more b/c). I've talked to locals and I haven't heard of a repeat despite attempts by several climbers. The complete crux sequence (i.e. from above the crack to the the horizontal break) is probably solid V6. Having just redpointed "Get it On" at Rumney (12c/d) I would offer that 'Eye of the Cougar' is actually somewhat harder. I hope someone repeats this and offers their own opinion...
    By Colin R
    From: Ottawa, ON
    Aug 25, 2011

    My friend Josh Potter from Albany repeated this route a couple weeks ago at the end of the day. Josh is a pretty strong boulderer and offered a bouldering grade of V6 which is pretty much what I thought. We both feel it is harder than The Doggfather or Beyond (both rated 12b, both of which Josh dispatched in 2 tries).
    By Greg Kuchyt
    From: Richmond, VT
    6 days ago

    The hardware on this route was replaced with glue-ins and there is now a proper two-bolt anchor. There is a 2-foot hollow flake in the final overlap that should be treated with caution.

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