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|Type:||Trad, TR, 80 ft|
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|Shared By:||George Perkins on Sep 25, 2007|
|Admins:||Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
DescriptionProbably the longest climb at the Playground, with sustained quality climbing. Blow Hole is one of the only climbs at the Playground that doesn't have the big ledge near the top of the cliff interrupting it.
The immediate first crux is the first 15', where you climb a finger crack with poor feet; this spits off many suitors. Place a good small cam (#0.3 camalot or equivalent) to keep from decking on the rocks. If this is too hard, try to sneak past this from the left or right: you start from the left by stemming between 2 cracks, or move in from even farther left with hands in a big pod, or maybe stem over from blocks to the right of the start. In any case, once you reach the namesake Blowhole (a unique pocket just left of the crack), you'll start the second crux, where you'll work up the overhanging finger crack and mantle onto a big ledge to the left. The rest of the climb follows easier cracks with a more holds on the faces nearby; there is a little bit of rubble near the very top, but it's no big deal.
Falls near the start can be particularly nasty, and at least one accident has occurred here (have your belayer spot you to keep you off the rocks). Falls at the upper crux are clean and airy but on solid gear.