Type: Boulder, 15 ft
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Shared By: Tavis Ricksecker on Jan 12, 2008
Admins: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This problem ascends the overhanging face right of the southeast arete of the Amphitheatre boulder, using the arete. Start left hand on arete, right hand on a low sidepull crimp. Using your choice of sequence, bump your left hand up the arete to a good hold about 8 feet up, walk your feet up on small edges, and pop your right hand to the triangle shaped incut sidepull above. Once you establish on these two handholds, the crux is over. Continue up and eventually go left around the arete onto the slabby south face and top out.


the right side of the SE arete of the Amphitheatre boulder.


Pad is useful due to uneven landing


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I don't understand why this has a 2 star rating. It feels like a perfect line. Straight V4 from the small sidepull crimp/reachy arete sloper start through to the jug. Core intensive and rewarding. Not to mention it's one of the cleanest lines at Santee. And overhanging to boot. I'd give it 3 for sure. Oct 10, 2011
Adam Kimmerly
Adam Kimmerly  
Guess I've always just felt this was the least classic of the named problems on the boulder. Two hard moves get you half-way up the boulder and the problem is pretty much over. I think Powell Face is probably the best of the bunc and gave it 3 stars. Perhaps my one star for One Cut Above is a bit harsh... I think two is fair. Oct 18, 2011
Adam Kimmerly
Adam Kimmerly  
It seems like the right hand sidepull has gotten worse in the last couple of years, making the problem a bit harder. Maybe it's just me, but I recall it being sharper and more positive. Not sure if it's just caked with chalk now, or if something crumbled off. I think the grade is solid at V4 now rather than being on the lighter side of the grade. Nov 5, 2011
Ben May
San Diego, CA
Ben May   San Diego, CA
I agree that this is a really good line fo the area... desperate moves to the rewarding top half. It felt much harder than the 12b face on Lonesome Boulder. Staying consistent with the Santee grades, it feels stout. Dec 6, 2018