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Rock Climbing Photo: Paul on the last tough move of Big Surprise.
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By boydpainting
From: Estes Park CO
Nov 19, 2009
Is it just me, or would a crash pad be less trouble than the rope???
By Ryan Nevius
From: Estes Park, Colorado
Jan 5, 2015
A crash pad would at least be more useful than this pointless/terrible belay, for sure.
By Justin Johnsen
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From: Nor Cal
Jan 5, 2015
That's a weird spot. The slab at the start of the boulder problem is steeper than it looks in the photo - plus it often has a bit of dirt and gravel on top - and a pad might slide downhill at the wrong moment.
By Ryan Nevius
From: Estes Park, Colorado
Jan 7, 2015
Don't get me wrong...I've been to that spot and agree a rope is a better idea than a pad. But, in this photo, the rope isn't doing much with the belayer so far from the rock and with the slack in the system.
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Paul on the last tough move of Big Surprise.

Submitted By: Brad Allender on Dec 6, 2005
On this route:
Big Surprise (5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b )
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