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Routes in The Black Hole

Type: Boulder, 30 ft
FA: unknown
Page Views: 1,477 total · 8/month
Shared By: Nate Weitzel on Nov 6, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

Another convoluted variation to Helicopter, but a sweet route none-the-less. Start off a side pull and undercling right of the usual start for Copter. The route moves up to a pair of sloping dish like holds. Milk these holds, work out the feet and toss to the upper rail. Finish as for Copter without the undercling for the final moves. Overall a tough route, requiring lots of body tension, that threatens to spit you off throughout the route. Probably soft for V9, but that is what I have always been told.

Protection

Same as all Black Hole problems.

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chris deulen
Castle Rock
chris deulen   Castle Rock
When I first started coming to Morrison several years ago, my friend and I started working Breashears (sp?). We saw a guy working this problem whom told us after Breashears, we should start working the one he was on. We look in awe as he made the first slap move. He told us (as well as countless other people), that it was called "Helicopter." So, early the next year I started working it (having only climbed 9 mo's). For three straight months I came to Morrison 4-5 times a week, sometimes for only 15 minutes to work this problem (if necessary, I stole my roommate's truck and borrowed a crash pad from a friend). Towards the end of my trek to conquer it, one day, this older dude with huge friggin' glasses and a mouth like a sailor told me it was actually a variation of 'copter known as "Flaming Arrow." A little put off, but not caring too greatly, I kept at it and sent it a few weeks later. Everyone always told me it was V5. So now I'm really confused. Oct 11, 2005
Chris - The route marked in the picture is the Helicopter, not Pop goes the Weasel. Maybe that's the source of the confusion?

Pop is a variation on the start of Helicopter and is way harder - like two or three V grades or so......

The Black Hole has all sorts of contrived problems that are variations on the Helicopter - Pop Goes the Weasel, Miss Clairol, Revlon and Death by Drowning come to mind. The info on this web site is worthless to figure out which is which. Find someone who has been bouldering there a long time and they can show or tell you the holds that are on or off limits for each problem. There is an older guy named Mike that I met and he is up there all the time and will show you all the problems if you ask. Oct 11, 2005
chris deulen
Castle Rock
chris deulen   Castle Rock
Cool. Thanks for the beta. Actually, I'm pretty sure the green spots only represent the latter half of H. and that it really starts to the left of the shown holds. But, I don't really care to find out, for many of the reasons you just stated. I'm sure Annette could tell me as well, I just wanted to clear up the info on this page, which you just helped me with. Much obliged. Oct 14, 2005
doug rouse
Denver, CO.
doug rouse   Denver, CO.
This now can be used as a start for Miss Clairol Hence: Popping Miss Clairol Jul 23, 2009

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