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Mars Traverse

V5, Boulder,  Avg: 2.5 from 12 votes
FA: unknown
Colorado > Ft Collins > Carter Lake > Mars Boulder


Start on the jugs at the right side of the low roof (about 4 feet left of the SW arete) and traverse the lip of the roof and continue as the holds start to get a bit smaller and the landing more rocky. Reaching the last obvious holds at waist height would leave the grade around V2+ or V3. From here look for some hidden holds, keep your feet off the ground (although I still use a major ledge for the feet) and make a long reach to a left facing mini-dihedral. Layback your way up this dihedral and topout via a pocket and some edges. Pretty fun and pumpy.


A following spotter and pad for the exit are nice, especially for the rocky landing near the end of the traverse.

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Conor O
Fort Collins, CO
[Hide Comment] Tried this today for the first time, did not send unfortunately; however, I will be back to conquer it. I actually was trying to do the traverse from left to right, so I wonder if right to left is any easier? Jan 3, 2016