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Bobcat Martini 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: ccox
New Route: Yes
Season: Spring through fall
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Submitted By: Colin Cox on Apr 20, 2009

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Helen on the flake edges of Bobcat Martini.


Climb cracklike feature past a couple bolts, then bust left along a steep flake with positive incut edges. Crank up into the steep laybacks of the dihedral. Stem with precision as laybacks vanish and edges appear, just as the angle eases. This one's not over til it's over. One last steep slab move threatens to tip you backward off yer barstool. Pour some out for the Bobcat if you want to send this one. Very good.


Left end of shaded grotto. Has a shared start with Squirrel Talk.


Bolts to chains.

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By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 18, 2009

A stunning and powerful pitch. One of Flags hidden gems.
By Abel Jones
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 21, 2012

A must do on the Flagstaff 12c circuit
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Jan 30, 2017

Beautiful, powerful-looking route.

I wonder about the bobcat name here. Was there any inspiration from the plethora of bobcat names at Index Washington? I realize that Index is little known, but they have a definite thing for bobcat names there.
By Colin Cox
Feb 2, 2017

Hey Jon. The Bobcat name comes from an incident that occurred around 2006 or 7. There was a rabies outbreak passing through the wildlife around Northern AZ. Reports of aggressive animals circulated. Finally, in Cottonwood,AZ., a bobcat walked into a bar and started owning the place. He or she was fairly calm until all the loud mouth patrons started trying to get cell phone footage. One man's camera captured the bobcat suddenly launching through the air, attacking his head in a flash of violence. It partially detached his ear. The sherrif was called and the Bobcat was blasted to death as he walked out into the street. Tragic. I named the route in honor of the Bobcat. A couple other route names up there refer to the rabies outbreak that was occurring when I established the routes.
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Feb 3, 2017

Wow, that's an amazing story. Thanks Colin. An actual 'bobcat in a bar' incident! But sad to hear about the man's ear and the end of the bobcat. The poor fellow just wanted to enjoy his martini in peace, without all the paparazzi.

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