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Type: Boulder, 8 ft
FA: James Jenden
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Shared By: James Jenden on Dec 18, 2011

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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.


Thanks James,

Moved here two days ago. I was going to head to the gym but found your post. Great little climb and a fun warm up doing a few laps of the outcrop. Inspired me to find some more on camp. No idea on grades myself. Might be a little easier than V2. As you say a pumpy start and try to ignore the rock you'll crack your head on. There's a slightly harder problem to the right with an even pumpier start.

Bill. Jan 1, 2012

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