Type: Sport, 50 ft
FA: Polly Hall
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Shared By: Pinklebear on Aug 9, 2002
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Despite being the easiest-rated climb in the Arsenal, the Pollinator is a short, rude slap in the face if you're not in bouldering mode. Fairly popular, this route often has draws on it, and is about 60 yards right of the cave proper. It can be recognized by the strange tree near the wall and a huge (3-4 foot diameter) "resting" hole at mid-height, just under the cruxy roof/bulge section.

A low bolt gets you off the deck. Make fun moves on good pockets and slots to gain the hole. Slippery, greasy, weird, tenuous climbing takes you out to the lip of the roof, where a strange, greasy, funky, powerful pull gets you up to sharper rock and better holds. Amble up 5.6 rock to finish.

You wouldn't know it from the route's 12a rating, but it actually has a V15 crux!

Protection

8 draws.

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Aeon Aki    
 
If you send this thing, you're more than solid at .12a. Aug 12, 2007
426
  5.12a
426  
  5.12a
Glad to hear that Aeon. I couldn't get my foot to stick over the lip on the 1/4" glass (on redpoint), so I had to double heel hook, ripping off one shoe in the process. Thank stars for the "easy" finish. Apr 14, 2008
Colin Lantz
Nederland, CO
Colin Lantz   Nederland, CO
The Polly-nator is Jim Hall's ex-wife. He bolted it for her as a present. She later divorced him. Connection? BTW - it's Pollinator, not Polly-nator. Jul 27, 2012
Dean Cool
Boulder, CO
Dean Cool   Boulder, CO
Check to see if this route has draws to the top or just the lip. You may need to bring three extra draws with you. Typically the first 4-5 bolts are fixed. Will need one draw for the first bolt or stick clip the second. Sep 4, 2013
handyhansen
Vail, CO
  5.12a
handyhansen   Vail, CO
  5.12a
I avoided this route for a long time, because I heard it was awkward, hard, stupid, etc, etc. I got on it one day and found out that this thing is a blast. Big moves on jugs with zero awkwardness. Worth doing for sure. Jun 27, 2018