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Finding Forester 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Jim Meyer & Cody Montoya
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Submitted By: e Dixon on Aug 28, 2008

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BETA PHOTO: Finding Forester.


This is a good pitch of moderate, fun, face climbing that leads to the top of the wall.


This is the second route upstream from the knotted rope.


Bolts. Per Dylan Weldin: bring a 0.75 to protect crux.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Travis leading Finding Forester. August 2009.
BETA PHOTO: Travis leading Finding Forester. August 2009.

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By lance hadfield
From: tijeras
Oct 4, 2009

Is this the climb with a long run out just left of Vertical Alluvium? I saw some people climb it and all have used gear to get between some of the bolts, I think past the second or third.
By TWPalmer Palmer
Oct 21, 2009
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Yes, Finding Forester is just left of Vertical Alluvium. A fall anywhere before clipping the second bolt will probably result in a groundfall. The good thing is it is easy climbing. If you have doubts, it is easily set up as a toprope.
By S.Mckinna
From: Cañon City, CO
May 31, 2011

This is the 2nd route upstream from the knotted rope.
By Dylan Weldin
From: Athens, OH
Oct 19, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Second route upstream, bring a 0.75 to protect crux, and I felt it was harder than the route "hotness" to the left.... This thing also has half the bolts and is around the same height.
By Jim Meyer
Feb 27, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

I put this up in 2009 as a tribute to a friend (Jimmy Forester) killed while climbing in Mexico. Yes!!! bring a 0.75 to protect the "run out". It's EASY climbing between those two bolts. The cam is pretty damn solid if placed in the horizontal part of that crack. You gotta look for it. Thanks for the comments and for climbing it. Jimmy was an amazing friend, climber, father, brother, and son. He is dearly missed.

P.S. - up top stay out on the face. Don't venture right to the big crack. This creates a bit of fun!
By Jim Meyer
Feb 27, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

P.S. - My partner on the FA was Cody Montoya. And it is now the second route after you descend the rope.
By Craig Childre
From: Lubbock, Texas
Jun 20, 2013

I remember when Jimmy passed. My first trip to Potrero, the 99 pitches of Wildest Ride In The Park sounded like some fantasy route. Sad news when he was lost soloing it, but at least he was doing what most probably want to be doing when the time comes. RIP, Jimmy.
By Jim Meyer
Jul 10, 2013
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13

Thanks for the comment, Craig. Jimmy is still missed, and we talk about him and all the memories quite often. This route has turned out to be a good tribute to a GREAT man and friend. If you ever get out this way, hit me up and we'll go do this route and share a beer afterwards!
By Patrick Yarbrough
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 6, 2014
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13

Definitely PG-13 if done without supplemental gear, otherwise a pretty fun route and an interesting lead. I found a couple of longer slings to be useful but not necessary.
By Zach Clemence
Apr 6, 2016

Protected the first few bolts with alpine draws. Long run out at the top which was scary, but I didn't add any additional protection, and it was fine, although it would be nice to calm the nerves.

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