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Routes in Upper Mound (main upper cluster of boulders)

Type: Boulder, 15 ft
FA: FKA: Paul Horak and David Baltz, early 80s
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Shared By: claude. on Jun 24, 2011
Admins: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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This is a shorter problem near the great highball V2. The crux revolves around a difficult first move to gain access to the larger holds just above the smallish bulge. Although not as continuous as the V2 to the right, it still offers some fun moves on great rock.


Starting left of the V2 highball on an obvious right-handed crystal and a good left-handed crimp, pull on with difficulty and make the big throw to the good (but sharp) hold just over the bulge. Mantle and escape around the corner or venture out right via the thin slab.




David Baltz
Albuquerque, New Mexico
David Baltz   Albuquerque, New Mexico
I remember the harder problem (V4 or harder) going up the right 1/4 of the photo through the black diorite features on some very thin crimps, then on easier but highball edges up the right side of the arĂȘte. It may not go these days due to the soil erosion at the bottom. Dec 26, 2017
David Baltz
Albuquerque, New Mexico
David Baltz   Albuquerque, New Mexico
Paul Horak and I did this and another harder problem 4 feet to the right in the early '80s. I recall one more problem squeezed in between these and the V1 mantle problem on the face to the right. Jul 17, 2015
Done on a rare occasion in the late '80s (I don't know of anything earlier), I suspect it's either a bit harder now or a longer reach due to washing away of the ground. Jun 30, 2011