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Rock Climbing Photo: Paul on Hell of the Upside Down Sinners (5.12), Ow...
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By Fat Dad
From: Los Angeles, CA
Jan 23, 2009
Either I'm completely perceiving this angle incorrectly or someone with way too much time and hardware on their hands bolted and chained a boulder problem? From the photo, it looks like someone standing below the climber could reach up and touch him.

Does anyone know the real story on this one?
By Monomaniac
From: Morrison, CO
Jan 23, 2009
I've never climbed this, but I hiked out to Owl Tor once to look at it. There is some funny perspective going on here, the climb is more exposed than it appears. But at the same time, its kind of contrived. This crag was basically chiseled out of the mud, so its sort of an "anything goes" outdoor gym.
By steve edwards
From: SLC, UT
Feb 24, 2010
It's totally contrived. I was inspired to do this by Underground in Arco. Hey, when you've only got so much rock to work with that's what you do, contrive stuff. But it's also no boulder problem. You could boulder it but you'd need about 50 pads and still be looking at a 35' fall off of the crux.

Not only is this cliff a sandbox, but when I found it there was poison oak growing 30' up the cliff. You couldn't make an aid placement without drilling, but it's 60' tall, overhangs a ton, and is well hidden so it seemed like the place to make a training crag.

The name, btw, is Hell of the Upside Down Sinners.
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Paul on Hell of the Upside Down Sinners (5.12), Owl Tor.
Photo Tom Slater

Submitted By: Slater on Jan 22, 2006
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Hell of the Upside Down Sinners (5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b )
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