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Skin Flute 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a/b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Matt Samet, Peter Mortimer, Zach Barr (toprope/trad) first bolted ascent: Paul Glover, Steve Annecone, Mark Roth
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Pinklebear on May 8, 2002

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This is a a bolted route on the south face of Seal Rock -- it's the first route you come to along the South Face and is the farthest east on the wall at present bolted. You'll find eight bolts to a double-bolt anchor at the lip.

This route is about 100 feet up the south face as you head west along the gully. It climbs the green wall in the heavily forested area and is about 60 feet tall. Look for an obvious, ribbed, flute-like feature up near the top, where you find an elegant crux.

This was originally (2002) done as a toproped, rehearsed "trad" lead (headpoint-style) but is now (2015) a safe and logical and excellent 8-bolt sport climb.


Eight bolts to a double-bolt anchor.

In its former trad state (preserved for historical info only): RPs, #00 Metolius TCU, stoppers, two 1" pieces, and one 3" piece.

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By Sharon Sadleir Vaughan
Jul 22, 2002

Nice name Peter. Is it a phallic shaped formation?
By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Oct 10, 2015
rating: 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a

As of today we can remove the X. This thing is now fully bolted.
8 bolts and a two bolt anchor

Huge thanks to the Flatiron Climbing Counsil and OSMP for allowing new bolts in the Flatirons and a special thanks to Matt for a great line and his blessing for the upgrade. It's already seeing traffic.
By Steve Annecone
From: boulder
Oct 11, 2015
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

And a big thanks to Mark for supplying most of the hardware AND doing all of the drilling!
By Dan Levison
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 12, 2015
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

Mark -- any idea if Primate is slated to be bolted; (or I'll defer to Matt)?
By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Oct 12, 2015
rating: 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a

As of now there is no application for bolts, but there is talk. Of course it could only happen with Matt's blessing.
By Pinklebear
Oct 12, 2015

I know a few folks have expressed interest in giving Primate a makeover. I appreciate the spirit with which everyone is considering this. I don't pretend to have any special claim to these routes, having made the first ascent. That's why the FHRC process is in place -- so the community can decide. I do know that Primate has had another lead than mine, Matt Segal, also in headpoint style.

I've talked to a few folks, and Primate might make good sense as a "safe-enough" mixed route. Some of the gear is actually good, but much of it is terrible or only psychological, and bolts in those spots would be the only way to make it a viable lead for most people. It certainly would be a wonderful mixed/bolted pitch!

Happy climbing to all!
By Dan Levison
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 27, 2015
rating: 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b

SF is a great addition to Seal. Feedback on the bolting: the runout between bolt #4 and #5 seems excessive; this can be avoided by simply lowering bolt #5 so it can be clipped from the good “incut” hold. This would certainly improve the overall quality of the route. Thanks.

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