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Panic Attack (AKA BOB...Bombs Over Baghdad))

5.12-, Sport, 80 ft (24 m),  Avg: 2.3 from 29 votes
FA: Bob D & Greg Hand
Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Witches' Tower
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Description

Sequential moves from the ground to the fifth bolt.

Great route!

Location

Down and left of "War is Love" on the left side of the wall.

This north facing wall now has four really good hard face climbs on good rock and makes for a cool spot to beat the heat.

Protection

Seven clips plus a green alien that can be useful between the sixth and seventh bolt.

Lower from a two bolt ring anchor.

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Sharp holds, fun crux section.
[Hide Photo] Sharp holds, fun crux section.

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Greg Hand
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] I trundled the biggest flake I have ever cleaned off a route between the last two bolts. It is not difficult there and originally we stood on the block. But last week I noticed it moved. You can see it laying down by a tree. It is almost 4 feet long. Hence the "Bombs" reference.

Give a good spot to clip the first bolt. Jul 5, 2008
slim

  5.12a
[Hide Comment] Only about 10, maybe 15 feet of interesting climbing on this, and it is really dirty. The main seam feature seeps for long periods after wet weather. Jun 8, 2014
Nathaniel Dray
Reno, NV
  5.12-
[Hide Comment] Thought this climb was quite fun! The first 15-20 feet are very bouldery, sequential, and is in your face from the first move off the ground. Well-protected though. After the 5th bolt, the climb turns into quite a fun (easy) crack system to the top. Shorter people may want to utilize a stick clip for the first bolt. Jun 10, 2018
Bruce Hildenbrand
Silicon Valley/Boulder
[Hide Comment] I pulled a loose block out of a crack on this route today. I don't think it affected the overall grade. Sep 17, 2018
Ralph Swansen
Boulder CO
  5.12a
[Hide Comment] This can be climbed with a little water in the water streak area. The water doesn’t affect the needed holds.

The book said to bring a cam, but if you can climb the opening section, it really isn’t needed. May 1, 2021
Mark Rolofson
  5.12a
[Hide Comment] I climbed this route in 2009, so it has probably cleaned up quite a bit. The hardest climbing to and just past the 4th bolt was pretty clean back then. From there, it was quite lichenous. On the upper crack, I caught myself from hand jams when my left foot skidded off the lichen covered face. I was stunned to see it given as 3 stars in Bob D'Antonio's 'Boulder Canyon Rock Climbs'. That's as many stars as he gave to 4 star classics like "Hot Flyer" or "Good, Bad & The Jacked". Seriously? Even though star ratings are very subjective, there comes a point where one's personal opinion overshadows sound judgment. While I thought the route was worth climbing, I didn't consider it worth repeating. Going from 4 bolts of difficult face climbing to a 5.8 hand crack for upper half of the route isn't my idea of a 3 star 5.12a. In my climbing diary, I gave it 2 stars in a 5 star system. Dec 6, 2021
Jeff G
Colorado
  5.12a
[Hide Comment] Worth doing but kind of scrappy on that North side. Pretty hard and sustained until your above the fourth bolt. I placed a blue Metolius (green Alien) between bolts 4 and 5 and a red Metolius between bolts 6 and 7. The gear isn't that necessary, because it's pretty easy (5.8), but I liked having the pieces. Oct 15, 2022