Type: Boulder, 30 ft
FA: John Sherman
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Though it has been slightly subsumed by the longer, harder link-up Trolling for Skank, Hunting Humans is a striking, continuous line that pointed out the link-up and long problem potential at the Ghetto (and in the Flatirons) long before most people saw it.

Climbed by John "The Vermin" Sherman in 1991, this line starts about halfway between the Underdog Cave and the Anacostia Wall, moving right to left to finish along a series of porcelain crimps (the "Ears") just under the lip of the Underdog Cave.

Begin at a knee-high (yes, knee-high!) incut horizontal just left of a rounded boulder abutting the rock. Hand traverse left, then crank way left into a gaston on a creaky flake (this flake used to be much better; in fact, many people now start the problem matched on the flake to avoid the difficult, unpleasant opening move). Match up and continue left and slightly up on shallow dishes, then toss left into the base of a big toilet bowl/hueco. Round the world, then reef straight out the bulge on tiny holds (a kneebar helps), eventually gaining the first of the "Ears." Though this is the crux, it isn't in the slot proper, so a spotter and crash pad help with the landing.

Make a series of cross-over moves until you run out of Ears, then hit a horn (with ancient, indigenous rock pipe) at the lip.

Step off.

This problem was named after the mass murderer who shot up the McDonald's somewhere in Cali in the late '80s. Apparently, before he set off to do his evil deed, he told his wife he was going "hunting humans."


A crashpad, a spotter, a thick T-shirt.


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Bart Paull
Golden, CO
Bart Paull   Golden, CO
This is a great problem, with cool features and beautiful stone. But how the heck do you do the crux? Meaning, how do you get from the hueco to the ear holds? Seems way hard in my opinion.... Help please! Oct 8, 2008
Bart Paull
Golden, CO
Bart Paull   Golden, CO
I figured the kneebar was key, the orange-ish pebble is total crap without. Thanks for the beta, I'll be going up there soon with some pants, and maybe a pad! Oct 9, 2008
Bart Paull
Golden, CO
Bart Paull   Golden, CO
"Go high and right for a razor sidepull (keeping the kneebar -- pants help), then hook your left heel on a sub-hueco/flake left of the main hueco ..."

Do you keep the kneebar while getting the heel hook, or do you release it? This is a really strange move.... Oct 26, 2008
Ted Lanzano
Boulder, CO
Ted Lanzano   Boulder, CO
The left heel hook was too sketchy for me, so I just released the knee bar and repositioned my right foot in the hueco, and then grabbed some of the ears. Such a great problem! Oct 27, 2008
Bart Paull
Golden, CO
Bart Paull   Golden, CO
"I think taller people can even keep the kneebar and go twice with the right hand -- razor blade, then bump to an ear"

I'm 6' 1" and can't quite do it this way, but I have tried a lot ... ! I will go back with a spotter and try the heel hook beta ... Thanks Oct 28, 2008