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Face The Present (aka Beware the Future)

5.13c, Sport, 60 ft (18 m),  Avg: 2.3 from 3 votes
FA: Bob Horan, 1988? Dale Goddard? FFA: Bob Horan with Patrick Edlinger
Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > North > Skunk Canyon > Ridge 2 aka Satan's Slab
Access Issue: 2018 Raptor Closure Lifted Details
Access Issue: Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details

Description

Start as for Doric Dihedral and bust out left to the overhang and arete via bolts. Crimp small holds in the overhang, slap to arete, eventually gaining a now much smaller and slopey lip hold, hang the lip swing and fire onto the face above up to a two bolt belay.

Location

Climb out the severly overhanging face and arete just left of Doric Dihedral. Start as for Doric Dihedral and bust out left to the overhang and arete via bolts. Crimp small holds in the overhang, slap to arete, eventually gaining a now much smaller and slopey lip hold, hang the lip swing and fire onto the face above up to a two bolt belay.

Protection

Bolt clipping to a two bolt belay, rap to ground.

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Patrick Edlinger runs a lap on Beware the Future after my free ascent. I initially rated this 5.14, later down graded by those on my heels. Many attempts with a variety partners before my free ascents.
[Hide Photo] Patrick Edlinger runs a lap on Beware the Future after my free ascent. I initially rated this 5.14, later down graded by those on my heels. Many attempts with a variety partners before my free asce…
Photo: Andy Mann.<br>
Jonathan Siegrist cutting his chops in Flatirons very early on....
[Hide Photo] Photo: Andy Mann. Jonathan Siegrist cutting his chops in Flatirons very early on....
Bob Horan making repeat ascent without jug hold at the lip.
[Hide Photo] Bob Horan making repeat ascent without jug hold at the lip.
Bob Horan on Beware the Future, with jug hold at the lip.
[Hide Photo] Bob Horan on Beware the Future, with jug hold at the lip.

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doug rouse
Denver, CO.
[Hide Comment] I can remember in the late '80s or early nineties, a photograph of Dale Goddard climbing this line, but it was called "Face the Present" and graded .13c. Was there some kind of hullabaloo over this? I also recall resistance to the 5.14 grade as well. Not all that important but a curiousity. Jun 4, 2013
[Hide Comment] Without doubt, Dale Goddard did the first free ascent of this route, rated it .13c and named it Face The Present. A large number of people were calling foul on several of Bob's claimed first ascents - this prompted Scotty Franklin (I believe it was Scott) to ask Bob to name his belayer. Scotty called the belayer who said, without hesitation, that Bob did all of the moves but never linked the climb in one go. Bob then changed his story and said he was belayed by his brother. Oddly, Bob returned to work on the climb (after supposedly having sent it) and broke off a key hold. It was after the hold broke that Bob stated he had already done the climb (pre-broken hold) and that it would be 5.14 with the broken hold. I belayed Dale on his ascent (after the hold broke) - it was clean, quick and easy (for him). Jan 22, 2017
Steve Sangdahl
eldo sprngs, co
[Hide Comment] Matt, thanks for clarifying the history on this. I remember some of the details but not all. Cheers. Jan 23, 2017
bhoran Horan
Boulder, CO
  5.13c/d
[Hide Comment] FFA: Bob Horan with Patrick Edlinger.
Matt was always a jealous little !!!!!
All I have to say about route stalkers is, go find your own! Feb 7, 2017
[Hide Comment] Hmmm...guess I am jealous about a route that I never gave a serious effort on. I'm confused. As for the first ascent...Patrick's visit was AFTER the hold broke - as anyone that attended Bob's slideshow (way back when) can attest. Neither Patrick or Bob did the climb after the hold broke. This was stated clearly at the slideshow. Guess that resolves that. Feb 13, 2017
bhoran Horan
Boulder, CO
  5.13c/d
[Hide Comment] Delusional. Feb 14, 2017