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Father Figure

5.11b, Sport, 50 ft,  Avg: 2.2 from 107 votes
FA: Bob D'Antonio, Greg Hand, Kent Lugbill and Ray Snead, July 2003.
Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Bowling Alley > Lower Right Side
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On the far rightside of the Bowling Alley almost near the road is a cluster of four routes near a large ponderosa tree. This route climbs the blunt-arete on fairly good holds past several bolts. Clip the first bolt (black hanger) and step up and left to the second bolt. Tend right back towards the arete to a testy moves past the third and fourth bolts. Reach a good flake and make a strenuous move over a small bulge and reach a good rest. Head up and right to a good ledge and power up past the last two bolts to the anchor. Good climb!


Eight bolts with get you to a two-bolt anchor.

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Scott Conner
Lyons, CO
[Hide Comment] ...and it took all four of them to put this one climb up! :-) Jun 17, 2003
Greg Hand
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] Actually it is probably close to 125 years! We began in the era when the "shoulder stand" was considered free climbing. It is almost a wheelchair-accessible approach. Jun 17, 2003
Andrew Shoemaker
Olympia, WA
[Hide Comment] Didn't really like this route. The moves were really awkward and the clipping stances were a bit sketchy with my short stature. There are a lot better routes than this at Bowling Alley. This was much harder for me than Shady Deal was (which I onsighted). Jun 2, 2011
Jay Eggleston
[Hide Comment] I think this is a little harder than it is rated in the D'Antonio guidebook. Not much harder, but I would say 11c rather than 11a/b. Mar 13, 2014
Ken Cangi
Eldorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] This route, imo, is more deserving of 3 stars than 2. The movement is very good. Oct 31, 2014