Type: Boulder, 25 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: BDalhaus on Sep 21, 2011
Admins: BDalhaus, Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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One of the best highballs in the park, this obvious face climb sat either dormant or unclimbed until late summer of 2011. Start on two good edges to the right of Cream and pull up to a slopey undercling in the dihedral. Stand up and reach for a left crimp (this move is shown in the photo), then bump your hand up the underclings. Slap up right for the decent hold at the lip and decide whether or not you'll commit to what comes next. Pull up to a sidepull crimp on the low angle arete and rock up onto the high slab. Gather your nerves and continue up the arete to the top.

For the full line, tack on the two move sit start, or traverse in on Sauce for something much more difficult.


At the top of the hill on the Big & Tall (Hemlock) Boulder to the right of Cream. Downclimb Cream or the corner/arete to the right of Maxim.


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Christian Prellwitz
Telluride, CO
Christian Prellwitz   Telluride, CO
This problem is outstanding. In my opinion, this is the best of the Round Pond highballs (with the possible exception of The Whip). Great movement with a high level of commitment needed.

Possibly on the softer side of v5, but four stars all the way. Oct 8, 2013
I would entirely agree if not for the fact that you can reach out left at any point of the climb and grab the massive jugs on CREAM. It would be one of the best in the park if it weren't so contrived, but even as it is it has really fun movement. My hands-down scariest ever fall was off of this thing, I ended up being fine, though. Oct 2, 2016
Bangor, ME
BDalhaus   Bangor, ME  
Not sure I agree with your comment, Graham. At NO POINT are the jugs of Cream within reach. At the top, the climb is on the right side of the arete. Oct 4, 2016
I didn't know you were supposed to traverse onto the slab to the right of the arete; I was trying to go straight up, which means avoiding the enormous jug flake. If I knew that I would give it four stars all the way! Since I didn't try the actual problem, I'll erase my star rating for now. Nov 5, 2016