|The Short Block
The Powers That Be is a very unique climb that follows the prominent deep groove.
A perfect mixture of power and touchy-ness is needed for this very deceiving line. What looks to be a nice slabby climb with a very large feature is, instead, a tough route that is bound to be a great project for people.
A sit start on an obvious block below the groove brings you straight into the burliness of the groove. Several power moves requiring just enough technique lead you to the famous high step of the route. Keep your head on as the boulder slabs out. Holds are "on" around the groove, if you want to say. It makes it more pure. However, staying committed to just the groove would be much harder.
Front and center of The Short Block. Climbs up the obvious groove angling right. Walk off top out to the right of the boulder.
A couple of pads
Mat Sahli figuring out the moves on "The Powers Th...
"The Powers That Be"
From: Duluth Mn
Oct 13, 2009
rating: V5-6 6C+
A great problem. As Pete said this is deceptively easy looking. I did this staying in the crack but it was tough not to use the large jug off to the left. Starts with compression moves and ends with insecure fist jams and hand stacking while high stepping on nothing. Too bad this got overlooked for so long. Definitely a Little Fox testpiece along with Friction Fighter, Ultimate Arete, and Bipolar Traverse. Don't be surprised if you walk away bloody.