Dirtball [Suggest Change]
Avg: 3 from 1 vote
|Type:||Boulder, 8 ft|
|Page Views:||394 total · 5/month|
|Shared By:||James Jenden on Dec 18, 2011|
Access Issue: Closed Compound Details
Dhahran is a closed compound owned by the oil company Saudi Aramco
Description [Suggest Change]
As I am not much of a boulderer, I had trouble deciding on a rating for this problem, but as the hardest moves are comparable, if more dynamic, to stuff I've seen on 10b - 10c stuff, I went with V2. It's a fun little guy that begins with a sit start at the bottom of a little outcrop on the old Dhahran golf course. From the start, you swing up to latch onto a pocket in the rock with your left hand, then heel hook to balance yourself, then follow up by placing your right hand in a pocket just above the left. The start is the hardest part of the problem, as from there, you step out to a small pocket on an otherwise blank wall with your right foot, then swing up for a jug with your right hand. Once you've got the jug, it's a simple matter of matching your hands, then stepping up really high with your feet and topping out. The problem is a little bit overhanging, which makes the start more difficult, but once you've got the jug, you're golden. I called it Dirtball because to start you sit in a big pile of sand and rock debris, which quickly makes you ridiculously dirty (especially if you're wearing a white shirt). The problem is reasonably well protected, as it sits over the sand and debris, but there is a rock that you conceivably could hit your head on, so wear a helmet. All in all, a really fun little problem that doesn't take to long to learn, and has a nice topout at the end.
Location [Suggest Change]
It's in the old golf course, near the pond at the top of Canyon Rd. Walk along the path, and it's an outcropping that has the tee-off for hole 9 (I think). It's on the side of the old paved path, and you'll get excited when you see it, because it's an awesome little outcropping.
Protection [Suggest Change]
Sits overtop of soft sand with some rock debris thrown in there. Not a big deal to fall on. Wear a helmet, as there is one big rock you could hit your head on.