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The Scoop 

Hueco: V5 Font: 6C

   
Type:  Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'
Consensus:  Hueco: V3+ Font: 6A+ [details]
FA: Mark Wilford
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Submitted By: Adam Holmes on Nov 4, 2003

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Description 

This is one of the best problems at Horsetooth, the kind of problem that begs to be climbed. It is in the league with the quality of the famous Mental Block and Eliminator problems, but it's so isolated from the other problems at Rotary that I'm not sure if many people bother to come check out this one problem. It is a stemming problem reminiscent of Stem Gem at Joshua Tree. If the power problems on the Mental Block frustrate you, then try The Scoop where technique and a clear head are more important.

Protection 

Flat landing, pads.

Location 

Actually, this is located pretty far north of Rotary Park. It's best to drive north from the Rotary parking area until you get to the Sunrise Day Use Parking (about 3/4 mile). Hike south from this parking area on an obvious trail that skirts along the clifftop. It heads down a hill, then back uphill through some pines. When you emerge from the pines, keep an eye out on your right for a rusty pipe sticking out of the rock. Scramble down a break in the cliff right after this pipe. At the base of the cliff, hike about 15 yards south and The Scoop will be the obvious, tan face. Climb up the middle of the face, to the roof and pull over.


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By Adam Holmes
Nov 10, 2003

Correction for the directions:

"When you emerge from the pines keep an eye out on your RIGHT for a rusty pipe sticking out of the rock."
By Adam Holmes
Jan 11, 2004

This is listed as a Modified Route, however, I don't believe that it is....did somebody go in and add that, or did I accidentally list it as such when I added it to the database??
By Adam Holmes
Jan 28, 2004

I saw this rated as V3 in Benningfield's guide. I wasn't trying to uprate the Scoop when I placed it in the database. I just honestly didn't know the grade and made a guess. It's probably V3 for most people but V5 for people like me who have the flexibilty of a steel rod.
By Anonymous Coward
Oct 31, 2005

I'd say solid V3. Awesome and very aesthetic problem. Bring your body tension for those terrible sloping feet and a dash of flexibility for some of the highsteppin'!
By BrendanP
From: Fort Collins, Colorado
Mar 30, 2013
rating: V3 6A

Firing straight up the roof is a little reachy and a bit scary but fully worth it. End this excellent problem with a bang!