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The Pearl 

Hueco: V4-5 Font: 6B+

   
Type:  Boulder, 12'
Original:  Hueco: V4 Font: 6B [details]
FA: Randall Grandstaff?
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Submitted By: Chris treggE on Nov 5, 2007

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The one-and-a-half-move wonder, the semi-classic, ...

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

The Pearl is a classic line on The Pearl boulder. The face is slightly overhanging, and the start holds barely there. The original start is standing up with left hand in a pocket and right hand lower on a ledgy crimp (which has now broken and can still be used as a decent sidepull). It's really only a move or two until you are home free. Descent is on the opposite side of the boulder.

Location 

See photo to check out the line, and the boulder description for directions.

Protection 

Pads and a spotter are nice, but the crux move(s) are low.


Photos of The Pearl Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: About to fall off the starting move... again.
About to fall off the starting move... again.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pearl, after the two breaks to the start hold....
The Pearl, after the two breaks to the start hold....
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pearl V4 Seen Here: Crista Hunter Photo By: Za...
The Pearl V4 Seen Here: Crista Hunter Photo By: Za...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pearl
The Pearl
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pearl
The Pearl
Rock Climbing Photo: Eyeing up The Pearl
Eyeing up The Pearl
Rock Climbing Photo: The start hold
BETA PHOTO: The start hold
Rock Climbing Photo: Kyle on the pearl
Kyle on the pearl
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the side of the Pearl.
View from the side of the Pearl.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pearl V4
The Pearl V4
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pearl is the center line of chalked up holds o...
The Pearl is the center line of chalked up holds o...

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By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Nov 6, 2007

By Caleb Phillips
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 15, 2010

Hard for V4 IMHO. Not going to up-grade it though until I can climb it ;).
By Peter Franzen
Administrator
From: Phoenix, AZ
Nov 22, 2011
rating: V4 6B

V4, and probably the least-classic classic problem around.

Still fun though. :)
By Andy Liu
From: Eastern Sierra
Dec 8, 2013

By Cunning Linguist
Dec 9, 2013

^^^^excellent rain day activity. I find the best conditions on this problem are to be had less than 24 hours after a good rain, judging from above, I'm not alone!
By Brant Rogers
From: Lebanon, Oregon
Mar 31, 2014

Nice straight forward sequence, tricky start for someone tall though.
By Danie White
From: SLC, UT
Jan 6, 2015
rating: V5 6C

Sometime during the day on Jan-4-2015 the right hand start jug was broken off this problem, making it a bit harder. The "new" start jug is now 4-6 inches lower.
By BrettAtBond
Jan 26, 2015
rating: V5 6C

Left hand of the stand start is seriously tweaky. Strained my left flexor on it and have since heard several other stories of tendon injuries on that hold.
By Daniel Winsor
Dec 23, 2015
rating: V4 6B

The original start was matched on the crimp rail that was broken earlier this year. Now, it seems the natural stand start begins with left hand in the pocket already with a right hand sidepull. Starting there, the problem is DEFINITELY easier than the original. I'd say pretty solid V4. Trying to start matched on what's left of the crimp rail is probably still V5, but awkward and not worth doing. The sit start remains super cool and worth doing. Still feels about as hard, maybe a tad easier, around V6.

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