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Routes in Swirley Boulder

Amnesia V5 6C
Certain Other, The V11 8A
Child of the Storm V13 8B
Da Luvah V7+ 7A+
Jon's Arete V8 7B
Jon's Arete Right V9- 7C
Rat Fish Dyno V11 8A
Rose, The V7 7A+
Sit and Deliver V12 8A+
Slash V6-7 7A+
Stand & Deliver V11- 8A
Swirley Flake V1-2 5
Swirley Slab V1- 5-
Topout Problem, The V9 7C
Uncle Climax V9 7C
Type: Boulder, 15 ft
FA: unknown
Page Views: 223 total, 9/month
Shared By: Sean Kurnas on Nov 16, 2015
Admins: BDalhaus, Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall

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A substantial amount of discussion on the page for Jon's Arete is actually about this climb, so I figured I'd add it. I welcome any corrections from the area experts.

Start with your hands low in a slopey seam (with your right hand where your left hand might start for the neighboring "Jon's Arete"). Move up and left to a climbing gym style crimp that is unfortunately located behind a tree. Continue up the slanting crimp rail and top out as per Jon's Arete.

The crux is probably avoiding the tree. If you or your clothing touch it, even a little, your send is worth nothing. Your friends are spotting you, but they are also waiting to yell "dab!" at the slightest contact.

This climb feels a grade or two easier than Jon's Arete and would be the more natural line if it weren't for the tree.


On the front of the Swirley boulder as you approach. Starts between Jon's Arete and a tree.




Alec Woolley
Nottingham, NH
Alec Woolley   Nottingham, NH
This is a surprisingly fun climb. Ignored for a while due to the tree but I should have gotten on this much sooner. The crux really is not using the tree which leads to some interesting body tension. Without the tree being there I could easily see this being v4, which to me makes it more hilarious and fun to try. Dec 13, 2016