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B-Boy Stance V12 8A+
Beware of the Blot V4 6B
Birth of the Blot, The V5 6C
Blot, The V2+ 5+
Hardman Dentist V9 7C
Limbic V3- 6A
Little Boy Stand V3 6A
Little Boy, The V7-8 7B
Loomit V10 7C+
Odd Future V1+ 5
Pickles and Prune Juice V0 4
Plaque Face V0 4
Pound Back V2+ 5+
Pound Back SDS V4 6B
Pound Crack V1 5
Power of One V1 5
Return of The Blot, The V2 5+
Thwart, The V3 6A
West End V3 6A
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Type: Boulder, 11 ft
FA: Jake Perry?
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Shared By: Jake Perry on Oct 7, 2016
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

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This is a sit start to the broken Pound Back (the crimps on the face used to be much better).

Sit start with two low opposing underclings. Pull hard to get your butt off the ground and make a desperate RH throw to a great slopey jug. Work your LH up to the upper of the two slippery face crimps. Bump your RH up the sloper to make room for a very high right heel. Move RH up to perfect crimp around the corner. Get LH on the arete, bump it up to a great hold, then make a big committing move to the lip (it's a huge jug!).


To the right of The Little Boy. If you're looking at Smoke And Mirrors, turn around and walk through the little tunnel, then look to your right.


2 pads. At first glance it seems like you could knock your head on the rock behind you, but you really don't come close to it due to how it climbs.


Christian Prellwitz
Telluride, CO
Christian Prellwitz   Telluride, CO
So, I'm kind of confused by this line as 'Pound Back' is already a sit start, both on this site and in the New England Bouldering guide. That line starts with the obvious sidepull sloper and whatever you can reach with your left hand. I'm not sure whether holds broke or not, but even if they did, the description for 'Pound Back' should just be updated. There shouldn't be a whole new problem created. Even if your line starts one or two moves lower, because your start doesn't add very much in the way of difficulty in my opinion.

So, it would be more accurate to just update the description and grade for 'Pound Back'. My suggestion would be v4ish from your start and perhaps slightly easier (but probably still v4) from the original sit start holds.

It's a fun little line, but not overly memorable in terms of quality, in my opinion. Oct 20, 2016
Jake Perry
Concord, NH
Jake Perry   Concord, NH
Matt Wallace showed me the start of Pound back, which starts matched on the sloping jug. I didn't think it was a sit start, since the hold is like 4 feet off the ground (I would have to stack pads to sit start on that). I showed him where I did it from and he said that it looked quite a bit harder from there. He also mentioned that the crimps on the face used to be really incut and had broken. For me it felt a bit harder than smoke and mirrors (very soft 6), so I gave it v6. When I grade things I like to compare if it was harder than or easier than other problems I've done in the immediate area. I can't see it being the same grade as Whale's Tail.

Here's some bad footage… Oct 20, 2016
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
After climbing this route I have to agree with Christian. I can easily reach the starting hold for Pound Back with my right hand from the ground.

I agree that starting on the two underclings makes it a bit hard but I do not think it is an independent line. More like a variation to the start and should be listed as such. If pound back is a v2+, I would say this variation brings it to about v3 maybe soft v4.

Just my two cents. Oct 26, 2016

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