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Hueco: V2 Font: 5+

Type:  Boulder, 15'
Consensus:  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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Contemplating the v3 boulder problem behind Beetho...
Contemplating the v3 boulder problem behind Beetho...
Fred Batliner at the big jug.
Fred Batliner at the big jug.
The iconic Mozart Wall tree.
The iconic Mozart Wall tree.

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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 rp89
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 rp89
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?
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 rp89
Sep 8, 2015

No doubt to my eyes that individuals or a party aided in the tree's untimely demise. It was slanted but alive one day and the next the trunk was a wound in the ground and the leaves were wilting in the shade. Evidence of trying to rock the tree back and forth to further loosen it is all over the boulder by Waugh's Problem. Your amendment to the main page is a good, albeit sad, one.
By rp89
Sep 26, 2015

An interesting note: as of the posting date the leaves on the tree are still very green and fresh looking with few dead branches. The tree could live on to spite us all as a thorn in the side regarding the start and protecting the first moves well.
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