Type: Boulder
FA: Keith Schoepflin
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Shared By: Jesse Ryan on Jul 19, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Downhill and to the left from the meditation boulder, or downhill and right of Bolt Wall, Cat's Eye and Talent Scout lies this low boulder, unassuming in nature until one looks at the 20 foot long, 5' high overhanging west face. Traverse along the face without using the top (two variations for finish include the standard by staying on the finishing rail, or using the slopers on the top of the rock). Very fun power endurance, once you become very familiar reverse the problem. Or start working the V9 but scraping low traverse.


Other than the small boulder near the end of the problem, and the horizontal nature of some of the moves, this traverse remains within a couple feet of a soft landing the whole way. Bring either a crash pad or a spotter make this lowball very safe, after a little work you'll feel safe without either.


I think of this problem as solid 5.12. Slightly easier than the Mega, but more power endurance oriented. Aug 7, 2001
Sorry, but I haven't dropped any acid since the '70s and for the record Malcomn Daly used to go up and back 3 times as a warm up! Of course, after the finger-lock broke off 6-7 years ago about a third of the way up, the route is a LOT harder then it used to be; the last time I was up there in May 2001 I could only go up and back. I can remember my name just fine, it's the age thing I have to stop and figure out; let's see 2002 -1955. I'm sorry, I'm just jealous of all you new kid's out there sending your v15+, I can't climb over V9 any more. Now what was really hard was doing all those laps on Tendonitis! Dave B. Jan 6, 2002
My friends and I where working this Traverse and got so close to getting it. It takes so much endurance than anything. Jan 30, 2002
Colin Erskine
Madison, WI
Colin Erskine   Madison, WI
Let me tell you, when there is 22" of snow on the ground and muddy outside from the melting snow... this gets a little harder to do. Im working it right now and have gotten the first crux down in the middle but its deff something i wanna finish on a warmer day, not in Jan. Jan 11, 2007
Jordan A.
Jordan A.  
This is my personal standard for V5 traversing. Interesting and fun moves the entire way. For the full V5 value I recommend NOT using the slopers at the last crux (right after the heel hook over the impending back breaker, which you won't actually hook when doing the sloper finish), and instead using a lower right hand gaston, left heel, and crossing to the left sidepull above gaston and before sloper top. Then move to the final crack slots under the top slopers and finish. In the Horsetooth hang bookelet the sloper finish actually garnered more points even though it seems comically easier. For more pump, traverse the rarely done NE face from far left to right, then round the corner and drop into punk. Or if you prefer, try the super squatty low line (Kelley Traverse V8). Oct 13, 2007
I think this is markedly easier than either Cornerlock (V4) or Mental Standard (V4). Dec 12, 2012
Jim Brink
Fort Collins, CO
Jim Brink   Fort Collins, CO
For the record, Keith Schoepflin did the first ascent. Jim Brink Nov 7, 2013
grog m
grog m  
Yee haw! I must have worked this 100 times before I finally sent it. I knew they day I pulled up on top of this beauty it would have to be my first attempt of the day. Trying it multiple times only wears me out. Nov 25, 2015
Christian Eaton
Christian Eaton   Manchester
IMO best traverse on the Front Range. Doesn't suffer from the overload of hands like on Monkey Traverse. Not too many, not too few, perfect. Apr 6, 2017