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Type: Boulder, 8 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Dylan Colon on Jun 21, 2009
Admins: Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE

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Description

Sit start and work your way up the arete using holds on both sides of the corner. Top out. In my opinion this is the best problem on this rock.

I posted this under the buildering area, but this is a natural rock, so I suspect you are less likely to get into trouble for climbing it. I would just stay away from the plaque. This boulder was apparently found down near the lakeshore when one of the dorms was being built and was moved to the top of the hill because it looks nice there, must have been quite an effort!

Variations:
Stand start: V2 (can move right for this with no added difficulty)
Face to the left (north face): sharp and crimpy V3 stand start.
West arete: V-easy route to the top.

Location

This is the big boulder on the top of Observatory Hill, near the intersection of Observatory Dr. and Charter St. This climb ascends the prominent arete that faces the observatory itself.

Protection

Soft grass; this is a lowball with a low crux so I never felt the need for a pad, but of course use one if you want.

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Nathan Wells
Madison, Wisconsin
 
Nathan Wells   Madison, Wisconsin
 
Found some more routes on this little boulder. Hang below the plaque and climb and top out at top left corner. If you avoid using your feet on the ledge you started with it is a bit tougher V2-V3. You can also start on the southwest arete of the boulder and traverse right. If you avoid the top ridge until you top out in the center of the boulder I would rate it as a V3.

Spend a few hours on this boulder and you will find something for all levels. Lots more possibilities if you are more talented than I. Apr 21, 2013