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Routes in The Pearl

Type: Boulder, 12 ft
FA: Randall Grandstaff?
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Shared By: Chris treggE on Nov 5, 2007
Admins: Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen

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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details


The Pearl is a classic line on The Pearl boulder. The face is slightly overhanging, and the start holds barely there. The original start is standing up with left hand in a pocket and right hand lower on a ledgy crimp (which has now broken and can still be used as a decent sidepull). It's really only a move or two until you are home free. Descent is on the opposite side of the boulder.


See photo to check out the line, and the boulder description for directions.


Pads and a spotter are nice, but the crux move(s) are low.
MrZ   Colorado
Felt hard compared to other climbs, felt pretty V5 for surrounding climbs, definitely not V4 imo Dec 19, 2017
Garrett C
Garrett C   SL,UT
This felt V5 to me. Even with the correct beta, still fairly sustained until you throw from the crimp. I used a high right foot into a greasy black eroded pocket and dropped the knee to lock in a high left foot as well. Really loved this problem, even if there are lines of people on it at all times of the day... Feb 26, 2017
I heard someone chipped the start hold this year. I also found a really nice foot that might be new because of erosion. The foot makes the sit start go smooth and is not awkward at all.

I took a beta video that shows the key holds as they were in the fall of 2016. I found the sit start to be v5, and the difficulty is consistent through the climb. Dec 27, 2016
Daniel Winsor  
The original start was matched on the crimp rail that was broken earlier this year. Now, it seems the natural stand start begins with left hand in the pocket already with a right hand sidepull. Starting there, the problem is DEFINITELY easier than the original. I'd say pretty solid V4. Trying to start matched on what's left of the crimp rail is probably still V5, but awkward and not worth doing. The sit start remains super cool and worth doing. Still feels about as hard, maybe a tad easier, around V6. Dec 23, 2015
Left hand of the stand start is seriously tweaky. Strained my left flexor on it and have since heard several other stories of tendon injuries on that hold. Jan 26, 2015
Danie White
Danie White   SLC, UT
Sometime during the day on Jan-4-2015 the right hand start jug was broken off this problem, making it a bit harder. The "new" start jug is now 4-6 inches lower. Jan 6, 2015
Brant Rogers
Lebanon, Oregon
Brant Rogers   Lebanon, Oregon
Nice straight forward sequence, tricky start for someone tall though. Mar 31, 2014
^^^^excellent rain day activity. I find the best conditions on this problem are to be had less than 24 hours after a good rain, judging from above, I'm not alone! Dec 9, 2013
Andy Liu
Eastern Sierra
Andy Liu   Eastern Sierra
Peter Franzen
Phoenix, AZ
Peter Franzen   Phoenix, AZ  
V4, and probably the least-classic classic problem around.

Still fun though. :) Nov 22, 2011
Caleb Phillips
Boulder, CO
Caleb Phillips   Boulder, CO
Hard for V4 IMHO. Not going to up-grade it though until I can climb it ;). Jan 15, 2010
Chris treggE
Madison, Beersconsin
Chris treggE   Madison, Beersconsin