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Crowd Pleaser 

Hueco: V2 Font: 5+

Type:  Boulder, 25'
Original:  Hueco: V2 Font: 5+ [details]
FA: John Yablonski
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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Oct 15, 2006

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Geoff falls from the lip!


An aptly named classic and Stoney's best V2. Cool moves up the edge of the boulder, then right and up to a great flake. Suck up and go for the knob, now that you're committed; pull up and squirm over the top.

There's a convoluted history:
Original name was "Yabo Roof" - Crowd Pleaser was the left start variation of Crystal Ball Mantle avoiding the jump and body english of that route, heading up the arete then traversing right onto the ball (as shown on the front cover of the original SP Guide). Crystal Ball Mantle was left of Pliers, now renamed Real Crystal Ball Mantle - don't know the original name of the current CBM - confused anyone?

Video here.


NE arete of Turlock


None - boulder problem

Photos of Crowd Pleaser Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: nick leprohon sending
nick leprohon sending
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Newheart heads up the arete...
Mike Newheart heads up the arete...
Rock Climbing Photo: Geoff Kinsey and the Outland crew
Geoff Kinsey and the Outland crew
Rock Climbing Photo: Eric Murray on Crowd Pleaser.
Eric Murray on Crowd Pleaser.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocket scientist Andy Stone hangs out on the knob.
Rocket scientist Andy Stone hangs out on the knob.
Rock Climbing Photo: Crowd Pleaser
BETA PHOTO: Crowd Pleaser

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From: broomdigiddy
Jan 14, 2008

v2??? really?
Well I will call that a very proud v2.
i guess that makes crystal ball around v2 + :)
I would say its a solid v3. shorter folks may pull it at v4ish.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Jan 18, 2008

Yes - the reach for the knob on the lip could be harder for short people.
By Tristan Burnham
From: La Crescenta, CA
Nov 19, 2010

I went to Stoney last night and someone broke one of the holds off at thr top. Prolly from climbing too soon after the rain.
By Rob Gordon
From: Hollywood, CA
Dec 5, 2010
rating: V3 6A PG13

I noticed that yesterday too Tristan. Not only did a hold break... I'm pretty sure it's the bomber foot you rock over on. Whoever broke it probably took a good fall. I think the right hand knob looks like it might have lost a bit too.

On the bright side it's a whole new problem to send!
By Rob Gordon
From: Hollywood, CA
Dec 11, 2010
rating: V3 6A PG13

Resent today. Footwork is a bit more technical. Could use a brush. The knob has to be crowned and liebacked more. Maybe gets V3 now. Delicate.
By rorschah
Jan 17, 2011

I was there when it broke. It hadn't rained in a long time. A bunch of us were flailing on the last few moves, and a few experienced old hands were doing it to show us how to do it. One of the Old Sick Crew sent it, and then stopped and went back - he'd felt that foot quiver under him as he sent. It seemed really loose. There were like 25 climbers hanging around there, a lot of locals, a lot of Old Timers. There was a quick shouted consult between a bunch of the Old Timers about whether or not they should leave the foot there, about to go, or try to break it off. General agreement: if they left it shaky, somebody might hurt themselves *really* badly pretty soon. "Break it off" they said. "Or at least see how firm it is." He gave it a decent poke and the thing fell off.

There was a long quiet moment. Somebody said, "A piece of history, dude. A piece of history."
Then one of the kids who was showing us how to send it sent it again, and was like, "It's a little bit harder now. A little more balancy. But it's fine."
By Ariana
Apr 5, 2011

The big knob broke off..
By dgill
From: San Diego, CA
Sep 20, 2014
rating: V2 5+ PG13

Aesthetic climbing, good movement, delicate, and very mental. Bring a clear head as blowing the mantle could be really bad with awkward fall potential. Make sure to have good spotters. I never saw it before the hold broke, but V2/V2+ seems reasonable (I'm biased a bit being on the taller side though). Overall great line.

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