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Cytogrinder

V8, Boulder,  Avg: 2.6 from 33 votes
FA: Christian Griffith ?
Colorado > Morrison/Evergr… > Morrison Boulders > Black Hole

Description

Cytogrinder tackles the middle of the Black Hole, diverging just right of Center Route. Begin matched in the large hole at the bottom. Move up into a chipped (?), grinding two finger pocket, and up to a right sloper. Move up and right to one more sloper and pop to the top rail. Breashears' Crack to the right is off for your feet, otherwise it's one of the few open lines at Morrison.

The great thing about this problem is the intricate variety of beta one can find (and needs) to succeed. I count some 19 hand or foot movements the way I do it. Save some gusto for the last move to the lip, which tends to shut people down. Be aware of guys in their 50's and 60's who seemingly use the hardest beta possible and yet warm up on this problem. I'd give it three, but it probably only deserves two.

Protection

Just watch the rock on the ground you might hit if you pop off of the last, hardest move. Otherwise no problem.

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Sticking the lip of Cytogrinder, this was on the way home after getting snowed out of Rifle.<br>
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Photo by Scott Bouldien.
[Hide Photo] Sticking the lip of Cytogrinder, this was on the way home after getting snowed out of Rifle. Photo by Scott Bouldien.
Here goes Jay....
[Hide Photo] Here goes Jay....
The final move.
[Hide Photo] The final move.
Brian warming up on Cytogrinder.
[Hide Photo] Brian warming up on Cytogrinder.
Cytogrinder starts in the hole on the bottom left of the black hole in this photo; then moves straight up and out right along the sloping rail system to the lip.
[Hide Photo] Cytogrinder starts in the hole on the bottom left of the black hole in this photo; then moves straight up and out right along the sloping rail system to the lip.
Starting up Cytogrinder.<br>
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Photo by Scott Bouldien.
[Hide Photo] Starting up Cytogrinder. Photo by Scott Bouldien.
Dan Morta attempting cytogrinder only to fall off the last move. Maybe next time...
[Hide Photo] Dan Morta attempting cytogrinder only to fall off the last move. Maybe next time...
Peter Cao throwing for the lip on Cytogrinder V8.
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Photo by Mark Raymond.
[Hide Photo] Peter Cao throwing for the lip on Cytogrinder V8. Photo by Mark Raymond.
Enjoying one of the less "contrived" lines at the Black Hole, Cytogrinder.
[Hide Photo] Enjoying one of the less "contrived" lines at the Black Hole, Cytogrinder.
Jared LaVacque enjoying a lap on Cytogrinder.
[Hide Photo] Jared LaVacque enjoying a lap on Cytogrinder.
Jared LaVacque enjoying the early weekday morning "solitude", at Morrison, CO.
[Hide Photo] Jared LaVacque enjoying the early weekday morning "solitude", at Morrison, CO.
Jared LaVacque on Cytogrinder, at the Black Hole, Morrison, CO.
[Hide Photo] Jared LaVacque on Cytogrinder, at the Black Hole, Morrison, CO.

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

[Hide Comment] From what I have heard the undercling pocket actually fell out once, that whole block ripped out. Someone glued it back in place (now theres that damn little nub of epoxy that eats the side of your finger everytime you use the hold)thus making it look chipped but in actuallity it is not.

Thats only what I have heard though, T.J. Dec 6, 2001
Ken Trout
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] About the first ascent. I'd heard that Christian Griffth came up with the both the really cool name and first ascent. Dec 21, 2001
[Hide Comment] I don't know about the glued rock thing but sometime around 97' the undercling pocket was enlarged slightly. I was working the route at the time and knew the hold very well, came back a couple days later and it was bigger, other locals agreed.

Mark Pavol Mar 7, 2002
doug rouse
Denver, CO.
V7
[Hide Comment] The pocket was chipped out by some kid...AJ I think his name was...anyway, the pocket used to only accomodate just a half-pad for the the 1st and 2nd fingers...now you can stick a little over a pad in for both fingers. Try it using the potato peeler crimp below it a foot or so...then V8 may be solid.... Sep 5, 2008