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Bolton Traverse 

Hueco: V1 Font: 5

   
Type:  Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'
Original:  Hueco: V1 Font: 5 [details]
FA: Unknown
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Andy N. on Aug 10, 2012

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Description 

This is located in and and near the enclosed walkway connecting the Student Union with Bolton Hall. The indoor section runs the length of the only solid wall in an otherwise glass walkway, while the outdoor section runs to the west along Bolton Hall's south wall. The outdoor plaza (under construction) is accessible via double-doors from the walkway.

This problem can be approached and completed in dozens of ways. The climber is limited only by his or her imagination. This is really more of a whole buildering location than a single route, but given the sporadic patterning on the wall, well-defined problems or routes are hard to codify or repeat. This traverse, in my eyes, is best utilized by climbing laterally - without using the ledge at the top - to build endurance. Individual problems or routes could be mapped out by climbers upon arrival .

Indoors or outdoors, the climber may choose to sit-start at literally any point and climb vertically or traverse laterally to the heart's content. The edges are ~3/4 to ~1 inch deep, with a small lip to the climber's advantage in many spots. There's a deeper ledge running the length of the wall at the very top.

Inside, the otherwise unbroken decorative wall is split by a vertical gap roughly 2 or 3 inches wide running the height of the wall. This can easily be lay-backed & flagged for a modest crack-climb. The gap is maybe 6 - 10 ft from the Bolton Hall doors and barely visible in the "detail" indoor photo. It runs basically parallel to the line in the floor all the way at the end.

As of the summer of 2012, the small plaza between the Union and Bolton hall is under construction, and a large swath of the outdoor wall is enclosed behind construction fencing. Technically, the entire section is still accessible.

Lastly, many of the edges in the indoor section - because they're not exposed to the elements - are quite dusty, adding an additional challenge when traversing indoors.

Location 

This is located on the ground-level, exterior wall of Bolton Hall, running nearly the entire length of the southern face of the building. From the Student Union, campus level, start in the food court near the bookstore. Find the walkway that connects the Union to Bolton Hall. The indoor section of this buildering problem runs through this walkway. From inside the walkway, look at the Southeast corner of Bolton Hall. You'll see the indoor problem extending northbound toward the Bolton Hall doors, while the outdoor section, accessible through double-doors located right by that Southeast corner, extends to the West, and runs nearly the entire length of Bolton's southern wall. For perspective's sake, opposite the indoor problem are a series of doors leading out to Spaight's Plaza. The indoor walkway is composed almost entirely glass windows or doors, so the sizable stone wall covered end-to-end with an extensive, textured design is hard to miss.

Protection 

A crashpad and/or spotter is always recommended, drop can be ~10 ft.

The outdoor section has some stone benches (as seen in a picture or two) that deserve attention - I slipped off the wall and took a bench-corner right to the kidney. Additionally, the landing in the section behind the construction fence is littered with construction-zone junk and demands caution when jumping down.


Photos of Bolton Traverse Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Traversing the outdoor section after stopping for ...
Traversing the outdoor section after stopping for ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Showing the average depth of the patterning in the...
BETA PHOTO: Showing the average depth of the patterning in the...
Rock Climbing Photo: A more detailed image showing the climbable patter...
BETA PHOTO: A more detailed image showing the climbable patter...
Rock Climbing Photo: The whole indoor section of this traverse.
BETA PHOTO: The whole indoor section of this traverse.
Rock Climbing Photo: An example of sit-starting this wall.
An example of sit-starting this wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Updated image of the outside stretch of this trave...
BETA PHOTO: Updated image of the outside stretch of this trave...

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By Andy N.
From: Milwaukee, WI
Aug 17, 2012

I should mention - for whatever reason, the indoor walkway that the indoor section is in, and that the outdoor section is accessible through, is open and unlocked - as far as I know - all night. We've been here at 2am before. It's one of the few indoor spots on campus accessible 24 hrs when school isn't in session. The doors connecting to respective building are locked, but that's okay if you can still access the buildering route. The double doors to the outside traverse do lock, however. Slide the cigarette tray/rubbish bin combo usually sitting right there in front of the door if you don't want to have to walk through a construction zone and around the whole building.

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