Type: Boulder, 14 ft
FA: Victor Copeland (?)
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Shared By: Colin R on Oct 16, 2007
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Dubbed "The World's Shortest Highball", Atari Arete is one of the most aesthetic boulder problems on the east side of the Sierras (or anywhere) and offers an exciting finish. What starts off as a wide sloping bear-hug style arete, eventually becomes narrower and less secure. Most beta involves heel-hooking one side of the arete (generally the right side) as you squeeze the arete and pull off the ground. Keep your eye out for marginal foot smears as you pull off the ground and again higher up. There is no real defined crux, however reaching a critical thumb-pocket high and right allows you to adjust your feet and work your left hand up before eventualy throwing for the lip.


Happy Boulders, Bishop: On the right side of the canyon on the trail to the Happy Boulders (visible from the trail)


There are multiple ledges that you can land on to the right of this climb. Ideally, you should have a pad on each of them and a couple spotters: one just at the base and one down below in case you pitch off the first ledge. Beware of the fall on this climb... legend has it John Sherman fell while lunging for the lip, taking his spotter out with him for the plunge into the talus below (which I assume was well padded). So pad up thoroughly!
susan peplow
Joshua Tree
susan peplow   Joshua Tree
Nice photo of Atari.... reminds me of a friend..........


~Susan Oct 16, 2007
Tim Steele
Bishop, CA.
Tim Steele   Bishop, CA.
what's the worst that could happen...

so classic. Nov 25, 2007
C Miller   CA  
Atari on Youtube -

youtube.com/watch?v=PConUsw… Dec 1, 2009
Andy Liu
Eastern Sierra
Andy Liu   Eastern Sierra
Colin R
Ottawa, ON
Colin R   Ottawa, ON
Andy you make it look so smooth it hardly seems difficult or sketchy even. When I did it I remember totally sketching on each move until I hit the lip. May 20, 2012
Reed Harvey
Portland, OR
Reed Harvey   Portland, OR
My favorite line in the Tablelands! By FAR Dec 4, 2012
  V5+ R
  V5+ R
1 - get the thumb in the pocket
2 - SMOOTH to the lip (do NOT trutch)
3 - have at least 2 spotters unless you're super solid at the grade
4 - harder if you are short Aug 11, 2013
Andrew Child
Corvallis, Or
Andrew Child   Corvallis, Or
Rumor has it that this problem is much easier when its cold. So far that hasn't made a difference for me though. Dec 20, 2016