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Power Bulge 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Hank Caylor
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Submitted By: Ben Hoyt on Sep 1, 2001

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  • Description 

    This route is on the south face of The Hand, just to the (climber's) right of Rock Atrocity on the very overhung southwest face and to the left of another slightly easier bolted line.


    6 or 7 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.

    Photos of Power Bulge Slideshow Add Photo
    Ian cranking through the crux of Power Bulge.
    Ian cranking through the crux of Power Bulge.
    Paul above the steep and crimpy face.
    Paul above the steep and crimpy face.
    The old hardware pulled from Power Bulge -- these ...
    The old hardware pulled from Power Bulge -- these ...
    The tree provides motivation in more ways than one...
    The tree provides motivation in more ways than one...
    PB takes its toll.
    PB takes its toll.
    Ben entering the crux of Power Bulge.
    Ben entering the crux of Power Bulge.
    Paul moving from the jugs onto the steep face.
    Paul moving from the jugs onto the steep face.
    Mike moving into the upper crux.
    Mike moving into the upper crux.

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    Comments displayed oldest to newestSkip Ahead to the Most Recent Dated Mar 26, 2015
    By KCP
    From: Eldorado Springs, CO
    Jul 16, 2005
    rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

    I'm pretty sure that this is Hank Caylor's route. It is a Front Range classic, and worth the hike. Watch out for the Poison Ivy.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Jul 18, 2005

    Rumor has it P-Bulge was recently chopped? Anyone know morw?
    By ac
    Jul 18, 2005

    I've heard that there are severe issues with many Dinosaur Mtn sport routes. Some unintentional illegality and thus possible access issues here. There were some hints of this on cb.com, but many of those comments have been deleted, and the full extent of the issue was never fully disclosed. I would have thought this would have been cleared up by now... perhaps now is the time, folks?
    By ?????
    Nov 14, 2005

    Short but fun...
    By ?????
    Nov 15, 2005

    From what I could tell they were older (original?) hangers and it didn't look like any of them had been chopped, but I wasn't inspecting them with that in mind.
    By ac
    Nov 22, 2005

    I was up there this morning and, to me, it looks like Power Bulge was never chopped. That is, unless someone had a stash of vintage hangers and ring bolts that they used to "restore" this route. In that same area, Street Hassle, Back in Slacks, and Drugs, however, all have brand new hardware.
    By Hank Caylor
    From: Golden, CO
    Mar 30, 2008

    Samet, how dare you and your ilk re-bolt my 20 year old, anciently protected, bolted when I was in High School, 45' tall, a full page Sportiva ad with a totally ripped off route name without permission.......Thanx bro! If any maintenence help is needed, give a call. See ya on the 6th.

    By doug rouse
    From: Denver, CO.
    Jul 18, 2008

    Thanks to Matt Samet for taking the initiative, the time, and expense to replace old hardware. I rate this climb as one of the best at the grade that I have done. Now I have another reason to return to Dinosaur Mtn. I hope the anchor/bolt renewal continues, as there are numerous gems up there! Young Doug.
    By Ben Scott
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    Feb 10, 2009

    All right, so what's up with the tree?
    The tree below this route is slowly but surely creeping closer.
    Two friends of mine took whippers into it on Saturday...yikes!
    I wanted to just chop 4-6ft off the top, but they wouldn't have it.

    What is the protocol for this sort if issue in the Flatirons?
    Is there a tree chopping initiative proposal?

    It's only a matter of time before the route is un-climbable because of said tree.
    By YDPL8S
    From: Santa Monica, Ca.
    Feb 10, 2009

    It's nature's way of receiving you.
    It's nature's way of retrieving you.
    It's nature's way of telling you.
    Something's wrong.
    By Tank Evans
    Mar 7, 2010

    The tree has been lopped (or some poor bastard broke it on a fall).
    Has anyone ever ended up with this broken tree up their anus?
    It looks even sketchier than having the actual limbs there.
    By Matt Henderson
    Sep 13, 2010

    About said tree - I took a fall at the last clip yesterday and missed being impaled by about 6 inches. I'm not exaggerating, and it scared the hell out of everyone there (including me). I only ended up scraping the right cheek but ended up about shoulder level with the pointed end of the tree. I would gladly go top off about 3ft if allowed...but until then, be careful.
    By Curt MacNeill
    From: Boulder, CO
    Mar 26, 2015

    Great route. One of the best of the grade in the Flatirons sport climbing mecca. If it's hot, the section from last bolt to the top may feel harder....
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