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Routes in 5 Star Boulder

5 Star Warm-Up V1 5
Ebriosity V11 8A
Five Star arete V6 7A
Green Padded Ass V4-5 6B+ R
Ground Zero V8 7B PG13
Kombucha V7 7A+
Mercedes V9 7C
Ross Bongo V8 7B
Sobriosity V6- 7A
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Type: Boulder, 20 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: jonah on Jun 26, 2006
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick

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The really fun arete/face on the southeast corner of the boulder. Sit start, moves up on edges and pinches using a fun knee bar. Hard moves bumping left onto the face and tossing left and up to a good edge (using heel and toe trickery along the way).


the first problem you come to from the approach.


Several pads and a spotter


I did this route about 4ish years ago, right after the clear cut. I can't be sure that it was a first ascent, but we did spend quite a bit of time cleaning it. I never graded it or named it.
Jason May 6, 2007
FA who knows? Did this early spring of I think '02. Friend said it was FA, but who really knows. Thought it to be fairly solid V8, certainly not 10. On the thought that it was FA at the time, called it Trigger Point. Fun climb regardless! Oct 11, 2007
Consensus does seem to be around 9ish, though I heard the pinch just broke on it. Weird - it seemed solid to me. Who knows - maybe harder or easier now. Fun problem, though! check out this vid of Kelly doing it:… Oct 15, 2007
Went and got on this last weekend - the good pinch is gone. Real bummer. Definitely makes it harder to set up for moving to the left sidepull for the throw. Still fun, and a little more challenging. Oct 31, 2007
Josh Hodges
Josh Hodges  
The beta used in that video looks way harder than the way most people I've seen, and I, used. Mostly to do with the footwork. Jun 18, 2010
Joshua Dreher
Bremerton, WA
Joshua Dreher   Bremerton, WA
The left/right hand pinch in the video is since gone (thanks to yours truly....sorry). It made the beginning somewhat harder but added a good foot-hold for the crux throw. Sep 7, 2010
The first problem you come to from the approach trail is Ground Zero... I believe Ross bongo is to the right of that and to the left of the 5 star arete. Haven't been there for a while but thats how i remember it. Dec 12, 2014
Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
Is this problem spelled

1) Ross Bongo


2) Rosbongo?

The above video from Jonah shows it as 1). So I wonder if the listing here is correct. Dec 12, 2014
the guide book calls it Ross Bongo Dec 24, 2014
Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
Thanks B-

I fixed the name to agree with the published guidebook. Dec 25, 2014
Kyle Love
Redmond, WA
Kyle Love   Redmond, WA
Here is a video of Jake and I projecting this powerful line:… Jun 18, 2018

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