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League V0 4
Nautilus Traverse V3 6A
Nemo V0 4
Type: Boulder
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Chris Dawson on Apr 11, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is a traverse of the Nautilus wall. Starts on the right side by the Cave and goes all the way across to the left. Lower is harder, higher is easier. Maybe could be called V2 if you know where the good holds are. There are endless possibilities for straight up problems all across the wall, but they're almost all contrived. If we're going to submit an area, there may as well be routes there right? So here is one for the Cave Area, otherwise known as Nautilus. This traverse is a fun one to get a nice burn on doing laps after greasing off the latest contrived variation to Helicopter in the Hole.


Kit Suddreth
Kit Suddreth  
Not sure if it is done much anymore, but I used to start the Nautilus and keep going up to the "bat guano" hole then back down and start up again, 400 yds. I have never made more than 16 laps, but it is what my mentor Pete Hubbel set me on for a work out back in those days in the '80s. I can say that it was the single greatest thing I ever did to hone in my climbing endurance. Made me the climber I was yesterday :) Sep 8, 2017
Bear Creek, CO
percious   Bear Creek, CO
Right->left is much easier at V2, even if you use the lower holds.
Left->right is V3-, even if you use the higher holds.

Super fun traverse.

Also, on the left side of the traverse is a fun vertical problem with a big throw to a hueco off big holds. V1. Apr 20, 2012
Sweet photo. The baby burn is always a stout pump. I prefer launching sick air while skiing with little ones in a pack, ... praying that daddy lands it. I call it bonding.

AC's reactionary comment has some merit, but after reading Phil's well said rebuttal and explaination of the photo, I'm certain that AC realizes that there is no need to get his panties all knotted up over this. Good rant, although. Nov 12, 2002
if i don't have a baby handy, i find wearing a pack full of the afternoon's beverage(cans of course, no glass at the crags) goes a long way toward enhancing the pump. Nov 12, 2002
Shane Zentner
Shane Zentner   Colorado
[Definitely] a good arm/finger pump/burn to do after flailing on other notorious Morrison problems. Doing laps on this thing is great for strength and endurance, with or without a baby. I seriously doubt that a serious fall could have happened at the height that Phil was at. Anonymous Coward: Chill out buddy. Enjoy life. Go climbing soon. Life is not that bad, bro. Skip on down to The Morrison Inn and drink a couple of those Margiritas! Nov 12, 2002
Hey A.C.,

If you are going to be critical and make comments like this, at least be mature enough to take ownership for them. I don't feel that I need to make excuses, but:

- My wife, who took the picture, was standing in the cave just barely off the trail. - I stepped off the trail, she took the picture, I stepped back down. I was not bouldering with my daughter on my back. The picture turned out better than we ever could have imagined.

There is risk in life and parents make decisions every day regarding the level of risk to which they subject themselves and their children. I don't feel that posing for this picture was any more dangerous than the hike up the trail, or the drive to Morrison on C-470.

Phil Pickett Sep 26, 2002
What kind of moron boulders with an infant on his back??!?!?!?! Too bad Darwinism didn't take hold...

Seriously, this has to be one of the dumbest climbers I have every seen, A girl (~age 8 I think) died at Morrison 2 or 3 years ago when a falling rock hit her on the head. This is a dangerous sport, what if one of the flakes/holds this guy is using came off (it has been known to happen...) and he fell on the infant??

This picture should be removed if for no other reason than to discourage more "Look at me endangering my son/daughter because I have no clue" pictures Jul 30, 2002