Type: Trad, 90 ft
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Shared By: Greg Barnes on Oct 23, 2015
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This route heads up the easiest looking terrain starting with a short corner and has bolts with black painted hangers. It's probably a retrobolt of the first pitch of Lichen to Like. Just to the left is another short corner which is harder and has a tan painted bolt at about 25' ("Pool Skimmer").

Per Jason Haas: this is distinct from the first pitch of Lichen to Like.


About 10' right of the toe of the wall, look for a black bolt about 20' up. The anchor is about 90'. There is also another anchor well up and right, probably more like 120'. Directly under the anchor is Pool Skimmer which has 2 tan pro bolts, one at the bottom, one at the top.


4 bolts, pro to 1.5", and a 2-bolt anchor.

Per Bruce Hildenbrand: now, Pool Skimmer has two brown hangers, and Olympic Swimmer has four tan hangers.


Jason Haas
G1 Climbing + Fitness
Jason Haas   G1 Climbing + Fitness
15 years ago Craig Weinhold and I went up to Blob Rock for some wintertime cragging, and I unfortunately had forgotten my climbing shoes. Not wanting to squander a perfect t-shirt weather winter day, we made the best of it. We climbed this and the other two unknown routes that day (amongst all the Shimmer/Simmer routes). It's a shame they have been bolted. Nov 8, 2015
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
Seems like 5.5 or 5.6 to me. The variation to the left makes it 5.7-, perhaps. Nov 15, 2015
Greg Barnes
Greg Barnes  
I wouldn't argue with 5.5 or 5.6, I figured it was a direct retrobolt of the first pitch of Lichen to Like, so I kept the 5.7 rating from the D'Antonio guide. Nov 16, 2015
Jay Eggleston
Jay Eggleston   Denver
This does seem easy for 5.7, but I kept the grade as I don't want anyone to feel sandbagged. Nov 22, 2015
Jason Haas
G1 Climbing + Fitness
Jason Haas   G1 Climbing + Fitness
I would like to clear up some misinformation/history on this route. I re-climbed these routes twice (ones last week and once the week before that). I also tracked down first ascentionists, and asked several people that have done both The Reamer and Lichen to Like to clear this up. This pitch, as described here, is a new route known as Olympic Swimmer. It does cross Lichen to Like at about the 75-foot mark, just below the second retrobolt (hollow-sounding flakes). Lichen to Like keeps angling up and right along the crack system to gain the ledge at the higher of the two bolted anchors (where the still intact webbing nest is around the chockstone). We did not place any bolts on our ascent (lead or anchor). I am not a fan of retrobolts and while I recognize I did not publish our route on mountainproject, I did give the information to both Rossiter and D’Antonio for their respective books. Unfortunately the route never made it into D’Antonio’s books as Rossiter never updated his book (as of yet). In that regards, I do not blame the retrobolter for the bolts, but it would be nice to see them removed and patched. Nov 29, 2015
The route, Pool Skimmer, and the route next to it on the right, Olympic Swimmer, climb pretty close to one another. Originally Pool Skimmer had two tan-colored bolt hangers, and Olympic Swimmer had a brown hanger at the bottom then two tan hangers then a brown-colored hanger at the final (4th) bolt.

To better figure out which route is which, we moved the two tan hangers from Pool Skimmer over to Olympic Swimmer and moved the two brown-colored hangers on Olympic Swimmer over to Pool Skimmer. Got it?

Now, Pool Skimmer has two brown hangers, and Olympic Swimmer has four tan hangers. It would be nice if an admin would change Greg Barnes' descriptions of these two routes to reflect the correct color of hangers on these two routes. I realize that these are retrobolts. This was not an attempt to justify the bolts, just clarify which bolts are on which route.

BTW, we removed the webbing nest at the top of the first pitch of Lichen to Like. That stuff was very old and in very poor shape and most pieces tore in half without a knife. If the retrobolts are removed, it will be necessary to put new, trustworthy webbing for a rappel. May 29, 2018