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Hueco: V2 Font: 5+

Type:  Boulder, 15'
Original:  Hueco: V2 Font: 5+ [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Chris Owen on May 30, 2007

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Melody Wong working Quickstep


Not as hard as it looks and always impresses the neophytes on Mozart's.

A dance up the arete. A sidepull for the left and pockets for the right, with multiple foot switches, lead to a critical heel hook on the left which allows for a committing throw for the big jug - then do a nervy pull over the top on small put positive enough holds - downclimb using the tree to the right.


Big boulder directly opposite Mozart's Wall - the southwest edge.


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Photos of Quickstep Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Quickstep V2.
Quickstep V2.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fred Batliner at the big jug.
Fred Batliner at the big jug.
Rock Climbing Photo: The iconic Mozart Wall tree.
The iconic Mozart Wall tree.
Rock Climbing Photo: Contemplating the v3 boulder problem behind Beetho...
Contemplating the v3 boulder problem behind Beetho...
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By Jon McCartie
From: Edmond, OK
Jul 29, 2008

Is there a direct problem here? Using only the pockets?
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Sep 22, 2008

Jon, yes there is, I've seen Aaron Sandlow do it and Michael Reardon work it, he told me he thought it was about V6. It has a fairly knarly finish.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Feb 26, 2009

As an unusual variation you can start the Mozart's Traverse from the left to just before the tree then leap for the start of Quickstep, and finish up that.
By Wil Sterner
From: Topanga, California
Oct 7, 2013

What is the problem called and rated that starts right of quickstep and continues out right that tops out with a mantle on a sloper? heard it was a Sandlow problem and that it is rarely done.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Mar 10, 2014

Yes it's the Sandlow Problem rated V6, I was there when Aaron did it, both he and Reardon called it V6. I can't vouch for this being the first ascent. If anyone knows better, let me know.
By rp91320
Aug 31, 2015

As of August 31st the curving tree has fallen over and Quickstep is now pretty vegetative, dunno how the problem can be done in it's current state without some serious branches holding you back. Very sad.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Sep 1, 2015

Seems like some pruning might be in order - but not cutting it down.
By rp91320
Sep 3, 2015

Agreed, Chris. My buddy and I are planning to bring a stake and some agricultural tape to try and give the thing a second chance and prop it back up.

edit: Sad to say the destruction is complete. Someone decided that waiting or attempting to help the tree was too much to handle and ripped the thing completely out of the ground. It now lays on it's side in the shade. Quickstep is climbable again but has the tree trunk running 2 feet off the ground through the landing zone. Very sad to report this as my friend and I had the stake and tree tape in our pads today to try and stabilize the thing but NOPE. Why are some climbers so selfish I wonder?

edit edit: The tree still has green leaves. Thinking all the rain has kept it alive. Kinda cool.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Sep 8, 2015

I saw this yesterday - very very sad to see the tree lying on the ground, and if as you say someone pushed it over just to get to a boulder problem, that is the wrong precedence to set, as living things are more important than our egos. The whole area seems a little barren and depressing now. If the poor tree has to go I would suggest cutting it up for firewood, including the stump, as that's an ankle roller for the Mozart's Traverse.
By rp91320
Mar 1, 2016

I found out that the tree fell while someone was trying to downclimb it. Just for future note, the tree you downclimb is the one off the back. Mozart's tree is still hanging on and green, somehow.

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