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Routes in Monster Block

Days of Whining Posers V6 7A
Despuntia Dudes V4 6B
Krum V4 6B
Monster Traverse V5-6 6C+
Northeast Arete V3 6A
Splick V3 6A
Type: Boulder, 10 ft
FA: ??
Page Views: 522 total, 3/month
Shared By: Pinklebear on Aug 13, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This is a varied, pumpy tour of the north face of the Monster Block that, unlike its highball cousins, never gets more than a foot or two off the ground. Most commonly done right to left (uphill), this traverse has two back-to-back cruxes at the end that will tax your finger and core strength.

Start on the good incut crimps of Despuntia Dudes, the right (northwest) arete of the boulder. Move left on good jugs and slopers until you hit a crimpy, high-steppy crux about 2/3 of the way across. Pimp into a shallow hueco/slot, shake out, and continue left via hard pulls crossing an overhanging dihedral.

Finish out by either stepping left around the northeast arete onto the slab, or by topping out the Northeast Arete itself. This traverse is always shady, so it's a better bet on hot days than the west-facing Sergeant Woody Traverse.

A much harder advent, Train in Vain (V10), crosses the west face of the block on crozzly, pebbly crimpers, then scoots around the arete to join the Monster Traverse.

Protection

A pad or two, and a spotter to slide them along with you.

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Is this the same traverse referred to as Traverse du Jour in the Benningfield guide? Aug 14, 2002