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Caught in the Web 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Original:  YDS: 5.12b/c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Vaino Kodas, Bob D'Antonio and Moe Hershoff
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Jul 7, 2003

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    On the far right side of Black Widown Slab is a leaning-overhanging face that faces north. This is Caught in the Web. Climb up a short slab to a ledge. Make some hard moves past a thin crack to reach a small ledge. Power up on small (crux) holds into a short-overhanging corner making tedious moves up to a jug. Climb on good holds to the anchor! Technical climbing and a hard crux move are the highlights of this short, powerful route!


    Eight bolts will get you to a two-bolt anchor.

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    By Peter Hunt
    Jun 26, 2005
    rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

    You guys are too modest: this is stout even for 12c; it's similar in difficulty and feel to Flying Beast on Easter Rock. The cross over into the corner at the fourth bolt is brutal (the start of the business) and then it's sustained almost to the end. It may seem odd to give beta for the 5.6 approach to a 12c, but you'll be a lot safer going to the first [bolt] through the bushes on the right than trying to climb in from the left. Great job. Thanks.
    By Dan Levison
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 13, 2008

    This thing is brutal -- a very shouldery press move after the 4th bolt is the crux but the next 15 feet remain hard. Powerful route...
    By Kaelen Willaims
    Sep 26, 2008
    rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

    Definitely hard for .12c. I don't think this was really anything like Flying Beast. Way more technical, not as much power endurance. You can get a good stem rest before exiting the dihedral.
    By Mark Rolofson
    Feb 24, 2011
    rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

    I redpointed this in the Fall of 2008 just before my partner Kaelen Williams did. He redpointed both "Resinator" (5.12d) and "Caught In The Web" that day. As for me, it is my second day on this route in 2008. I had tried the route years before that. This route has some sustained, technical, vertical to overhung climbing on it. I enjoyed the unusual nature of the climb. It was very challenging. There are some things that detract from its quality. The belay zone in the talus is not great. Lowering off the bottom 20 feet sends you down through bushes, unless you swing left and come down the start of the route. The 5th and 7th bolts are higher than they need to be. Put a long Petzl quickdraw on the 5th bolt but not a long sling. I still have a small battle scar on my bicep where the biner and rope pinched my skin when a weighted the rope at this bolt with a long sling on it. The 7th bolt can be clipped with the left hand on the crystal knob if you double draw it. Otherwise, skip the bolt or clip it past the final crux up the diagonal ramp corner.
    By Pinklebear
    May 19, 2013
    rating: 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b

    Tough climb. Even without the right-shoulder-dislocating, V-Gnar-Gnar crux getting into the corner, this thing would still be solid 5.12. One of the hardest cruxes on a 5.12 around Boulder — maybe a longer wingspan helps?

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