While lacking in size this rock is very big in history. Gill, Ament, Holloway, you name them and they have bouldered here. The name sake, the Smith Overhang, is THE line to do.
Park for the Monkey Traverse. This small and slightly overhanging face is twenty feet before (just to the north) of the Monkey Traverse. It is marked by a crack splitting the face and a down climbing tree on the right.
Pratt's Overhang takes on the obvious, right-leaning slot in the middle of the formation. A few easy moves takes you to the crux at the top. Expect a bit of a grovel no matter how you do it. It is much harder than it looks. A good extension is to start from the good holds low and left on the mantel problem, making it V4 or V5. ...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
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Actually, this is miscataloged - Smith Overhang is a problem, not a separate rock. Smith Overhang is found on the Pratt's Overhang block. BTW - P.B. & B.H. refer to this as Smith's Overhang while P.A. calls it Smith Overhang. I have always heard it referred to as Smith Overhang. It used to be that you always saw a cheater block under this problem for the start. The 2000 B.H B.O.B.B called this V5, surely describing the then standard cheater stone start. It seems that in the last few years that the harder off the ground variant has become widely accepted as the 'true" Smith Overhang. It's V8 and maybe V9 when starting from the ground, i.e. start low before the glued side pull.
Has anyone done, or seen another do, the Holloway traverse on this block? It's called The Stretcher (FA '73) and Horan called it B2-3/V9 in the 1995 CFRB vol. 2. stating, "Holds have broken and being tall is crucial."