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The Whale's Tail 

Hueco: V4+ Font: 6B+

   
Type:  Boulder, 10'
Original:  Hueco: V4+ Font: 6B+ [details]
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Submitted By: Ladd on Jun 2, 2008

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Riley latching the mid route bucket

Description 

A fantastic climb.

Start on the sloping ledge at waist height with good feet, make a hard move up and left and continue on the slopers until heading up and out left at the end for a heartbreaking move to the end jug and an easy top out.

A variation (unknown name) goes straight up and a bit harder V5? it makes excellent use on a undercling pinch hold that makes the sequence very doable.

Location 

West side of area, on an overhanging arete.

Protection 

Pad and a spotter


Photos of The Whale's Tail Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Sticking the pinch on the V5 variation. self portr...
Sticking the pinch on the V5 variation. self portr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Whales tail...
Whales tail...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tim getting the heel hook.
Tim getting the heel hook.
Rock Climbing Photo: the V5 variation goes straight up
the V5 variation goes straight up
Rock Climbing Photo: "Your eyes can deceive you; don't trust them....
"Your eyes can deceive you; don't trust them....
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting Whale's Tail...
Starting Whale's Tail...
Rock Climbing Photo: starting moves of whales tail...everyone must do t...
starting moves of whales tail...everyone must do t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave Cote starting one of Rumneys best boulder pro...
Dave Cote starting one of Rumneys best boulder pro...
Rock Climbing Photo: first moves of the whales tail
first moves of the whales tail
Rock Climbing Photo: starting moves, pic by Seth Hamel
starting moves, pic by Seth Hamel
Rock Climbing Photo: getting the foot up to make the bump to the lip. S...
getting the foot up to make the bump to the lip. S...
Rock Climbing Photo: Whales Tail
Whales Tail
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pinch
The Pinch
Rock Climbing Photo: Trying as hard as I can to get the finish
Trying as hard as I can to get the finish
Rock Climbing Photo: Peaking around the corner to line up the final mov...
Peaking around the corner to line up the final mov...

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By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Aug 9, 2009
rating: V4+ 6B+

I did the stright up variation the other day, I feel it is a solid V5, the crux coming after you get the pinch and go to the triangle slot at the top that when hit just right forms a good crimp, I fel this way is more fun then the regular Whale's Tail.
By Sean Kurnas
Jul 21, 2014

Could somebody clarify the difference between the variation and the 'original' climb? Does the original version go left and squeeze between the trees and the rock, or does it finish by reaching right from the triangular hold to the easy crack?

Thanks!
By Emerson Takahashi
Oct 18, 2015

Sent the v5 var. which was quite good! Fun movement with the crux at the top

Sounds like the distinction between the two variations is that the 5 follows the prow all the way up, using the undercling pinch, while the 4 moves left after the good slopers, avoiding the pinch

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