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Archaeopteryx T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a X
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East Face North Side/Seal Rock T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
East Face South Side T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Gruffalo, The S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
I Am The Walrus S 5.14a/b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b
Jade Gate S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Misbehaven T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a X
Primate T 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c PG13
Sea Bird T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13
Sea of Joy S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c A0
Shortcut (East Face) T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Skin Flute S,TR 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Southwest Face T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Supercell S 5.13c/d 8b 31 X 31 E8 7a
Thunder Muscle S 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
Yellow Door, The S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
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Type: Sport, 150 ft
FA: Jonathan Siegrist
Page Views: 3,041 total · 145/month
Shared By: Elliott Bates on Sep 30, 2016
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description [Suggest Change]

The King Line of the Flatirons proper, "I am the Walrus" is a 150 foot beast of a pitch that is the most difficult and one of the longest sport routes in the Flatirons. Originally bolted by Jonathan Siegrist in 2012, the route sat uncleaned and unclimbed for a few years while JStar was crushing in Europe. Impatient locals who had sent the other Seal Routes began pestering Siegrist about the project, and Jonathan graciously gave permission to his friend Elliott Bates to clean, work, and even re-bolt the line if needed.

Ultimately Bates felt the route would climb more naturally between two long tufa features and moved 8 bolts about 6 feet right of the original line, after receiving the necessary permit from Boulder OSMP.

Siegrist returned from Europe in June of 2015, and Bates showed him the new line, having cleaned and sussed the route. 3 tries later, Jstar made the 1st ascent of I am the Walrus and claimed 14b.

The route begins with about 7 bolts of tech 5.12, leading to 50 feet of technical, powerful, and truly incredible climbing between the tufa features (the Walrus tusks), with two distinct cruxes in this section: the 1st one beginning nearly 80 feet up, the second at almost 100 feet. After a good rest, climb 3 bolts of left-trending and slightly runout 12-, before tackling the most difficult moves of the route, a V9 boulder problem between the last bolt and the anchors.

"The Walrus" has 14 bolts and many cruxes that are both technical and powerful. Dynamic movement, subtle trickery, kneebars, some choss but mostly great stone...this route has it all!

Location [Suggest Change]

It is left of Choose Life.

Protection [Suggest Change]

Bolts, and a 70m rope is mandatory.

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Curt MacNeill
Boulder, CO
 
Curt MacNeill   Boulder, CO
 
Certainly a great route, although is definitely more chossy than its neighbors. I'm guessing it will clean up over time just like the other routes. I also find some moves to be unpleasant if you're short, especially exiting the tufa feature with a shoulder wrenching gaston move at full extension. Overall, I'm psyched for this addition and certainly having a route of this difficulty level so close to home. Thanks, J Star and Elliot! Oct 14, 2016
Curt, I think you need some fresh beta, man! There are 3-4 different ways to do each crux in the tufa section. I have seen shorter and taller dudes do each way, and none of them (that I've seen) involve a full-extension shoulder-wrenching gaston. Good luck, and shoot me a message if you want specifics. Oct 25, 2016
Spencer Anderson
Fort Collins, CO
  5.14b
Spencer Anderson   Fort Collins, CO
  5.14b
The first 1/4 of the route is a bit funky and chossy. The last 3/4 is some of the best climbing ANYWHERE. Absolutely amazing. Jan 25, 2018
Corey Flynn   USA
Haha, totally enjoyed the third person narrative from the author about the climb, Corey Flynn thought to himself as contemplated how much training it would take to climb The Walrus. Flynn didn’t know if it was possible. Apr 10, 2018

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