Type: Boulder, 10 ft
FA: David Twinam? Chris Jones?
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Shared By: Nate Weitzel on Oct 31, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Center Route is one of the harder lines in the Black Hole and is a stellar independent line up the center of the cave (hence the name). Start as for Cytogrinder, and use either the sickenly sharp "potatoe peeler" crimper, or the pocket of cytogrinder to move to a small undercling. From here a couple of left hand moves position you for the final toss to the "deck of cards" hold at the lip. Sustained and difficult movement best describe this line, requiring both power and technique. A great testpiece for the aspiring V10 boulderer.


A couple of pads are nice.


Young Doug...1st ascent by David Twinam...late '80s early '90s. Unrepeated for a long time. Oct 29, 2005
doug rouse
Denver, CO.
doug rouse   Denver, CO.
I need to add...the first hold is the crimp, not the undercling that is frequently used and previously modified. The photo of Brian shows him using the correct hold (potato peeler). Doing it using the undercling is probably hard V8. Mar 16, 2010
Tank Evans
Tank Evans  
More like V6 with the undercling....
Seriously though, the grade is the same whether you use the pocket or the peeler. It's just a matter of pain tolerance. Dec 29, 2010
David Holland
Herriman, UT
David Holland   Herriman, UT
I believe this was a Chris Jones FA. Sherman writes that he did the original link up of Helicopter and Cytogrinder. Nov 16, 2018
Ryther Anderson   Golden
According to "The Mayor", using the undercling pocket instead of the potato peeler is called Center Light and goes at V9+, which I think seems reasonable, either way V10ish. Apr 2, 2019