Pinball Simulator/ First Arete
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Chris E making his way to the top of Pinball Simul...
A sweet looking line with pretty good climbing as well. A bit intimidating with the boulder that sits behind it, potential to hit your head and you have to avoid hitting it when topping out.
Start on the arete and move up using edges on the right and pockets on the left. The crux involves gaining a small 2-3 finger pocket right on the arete with your left hand. From here another couple of moves leads to the square cut top.
A you walk up the gully the trail will take you right under the arete. There is a boulder that sits behind this problem and is quite close at the lip.
Pads and a couple of spotters, one on the ground and one on the rock behind.
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Matthew NM starting up the problem
Nearing the top trying to not become the Pinball.
Hitting the nice squared off top of the boulder. A...
The glorious and relatively easy mantle to finish ...
|Comments on Pinball Simulator/ First Arete
|By Bob Broilo|
From: Socorro, NM
Dec 31, 2009
FA of "First Arete" now called Pinball Simulator
Many of these were found and done in 2001 by Craig "Opie" Copelin, Tom Rangitsch, Scott Hubbard, Eric "Peck" Heatwole, and Cody Roth. There is a pic of Bloody Tissue/ Left Arete boulder before being climbed by Jake R and Bob Broilo. Jake sacrificed his shin for his future wife which was insufficiently repaired by some toilet paper, the grim story of which gives the boulder it's name.
From: ABQ, NM
Dec 31, 2009
Tom R. e-mailed me about the area. He mentioned that he had climbed up there a bunch with Craig from 2001-2003 though he felt there was avery real possiblity that many of the problems that they did had been done previously by either Bob Murray or possibly John D.
Nice story though about Jake and Gail.