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What is the most awkward section of a route or problem you've climbed?


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Super Fluke · · Earth · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 186

Here I am board just browsing MP and this picture scrolls on the main page.

The womb fight may be one of the most memorable pitches of your life.

At first I thought the picture was sideways, until I looked at the route beta. Do you really crawl on your stomach through the "womb" on pitch 13? If so I would like to climb this novelty.

This leads to my question;
What is the most awkward section of a route or problem you have done or know of?

I'm not interested in difficulty of the climb just the how awkward it may be through that section. I find non-traditional climbing moves fascinating and I like good a WTF section once awhile.
llanSan · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 130

When i was a young lad climbing in patagonia.

Remembering cold days an FA´s in patagonia.
Redyns · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2011 · Points: 80

the start

David Gibbs · · Ottawa, ON · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 6

The Belly Roll section of Belly Roll at the Gunks.

Pitch 1 ("5.6 chimney") of Royal Arches.

The "beached whale" finish to pitch 2 of Corrugation Corner at Lover's Leap, California.

Every offwidth pitch or section everywhere.

Ball · · Oakridge, OR · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 70

When you accidentally make eye contact

BJB · · Texas · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 195

Definitely Scuzlocks, Joes Valley:

The hardest easy climb you'll ever do.
Super Fluke · · Earth · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 186
BJB wrote:Definitely Scuzlocks, Joes Valley:
Nice, I'm heading to Joe's next month. I'll have to give it a try.
Jon Hartmann · · Ojai, CA · Joined Feb 2009 · Points: 1,310

https://youtu.be/JUHK_J93smA

For me, this was really cramped and awkward.

Hank Caylor · · Glenwood Springs, CO · Joined Dec 2003 · Points: 615

The Harding Slot.. I thought it was 12c

Bill Kirby · · Baltimore Maryland · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 480

The belly flop onto the block on the 1st pitch of the Great Chimney, Pitchoff, Keene NY.

Alexander K · · The road · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 130

Possibly not the most awkward but definitely a bit unusual, next time you are driving across Colorado on I-70 stop at the Wolcott Boulders and checkout the Cave Boulder.

It involves alot of being slightly inverted inches from the ground

Daniel Joder · · Barcelona, Spain · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0

How about the starting overhang on the third pitch of Wind Ridge on Wind Tower...pretty bizarre for 5.6!

Caleb Mallory · · Seattle, N.Carolina, &Hong… · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 425

Last move on the Pear's Buttress on Lumpy was obscure, fun though!

Mac P · · Denver, CO · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 40

The "beached whale" finish to pitch 2 of Corrugation Corner at Lover's Leap, California.

I haven't done that one but I spent a couple minutes trying to avoid the "beached whale" move on Ancient Art until I just committed to looking goofy.

Andy Novak · · Golden, Co · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 355

HA! the Beached Whale on both Ancient Art and Corrugation are classic. And the "body english" moves on Wind Ridge and in the Cave on the Book too! Such good examples!

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 456

first pitch of apple cider at east animas. It has an outward flaring chimney that goes from #3 sized on the inside to like 3 feet wide on the outer edge. I don't understand why or how but when you climb it, it feels like it's trying to spit you out.

Also, the namesake pitch of Tunnel Vision, I got a bit off route and ended up in a real squeeze. The kind where you just have to thrash your way out of it, inch by inch.

Jonathan Awerbuch · · Boulder, Colorado · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 38
calebmmallory wrote:Last move on the Pear's Buttress on Lumpy was obscure, fun though!
Do you mean the "cave finish"? Last time I did that I ended up with the rope wrapped once completely around my body. And it's 5.7 right? That one gets my vote!
dhayan · · Los Angeles, CA · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 15

+1 for the Harding slot. Really in awe at how some folks third class it...
Another one that comes to mind is the first move on EBGB's. I've seen some people make it look stylish but I always feel ridiculously awkward there.

Jason Ringenberg · · South Lake Tahoe · Joined May 2016 · Points: 0

I actually avoided the beached whale move on corrugation corner. I basically jumped and landed on my feet!

Caleb Mallory · · Seattle, N.Carolina, &Hong… · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 425
Jonathan Awerbuch wrote: Do you mean the "cave finish"? Last time I did that I ended up with the rope wrapped once completely around my body. And it's 5.7 right? That one gets my vote!
Yes! The possibility of creating a self ensnaring net of rope is greatly reduced if you just trust the one pin and remember that its only 5.7 haha. Good stuff!
T Roper · · DC,VA,NM,UT,CT,MA · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 860

a pitch with no good hands or feet like Pure Palm in Smith

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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