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Paul warming up.
This is the current rightmost route on the west face of the Slab, up on the Undertow
ledge. It climbs the black, bulging wall with a big, crispy flake at the start and an overhanging groove up high, to anchors over the lip.
Head up and right along the ledge from Undertow
and stand tall to clip the first bolt ***before*** you pull onto the flake (the flake is very thin along the bottom). Move up to the flake top and into the crux. I've seen some chalk heading off right, but beware: that is loose choss and a better sequence is the one on the left. Cop a rest at the break and then finish past two more bolts on cool flutings (5.10).
This is a good, thuggy warm-up for other routes at the Slab.
Five bolts to double-bolt anchors.
Hippopotamus, 5.10d, the Slab, Fern Canyon, Flatir...
By Ben Sachs
Apr 24, 2012
This thing is cleaning up well. As far as steep 5.10 sport rigs around Boulder go, this one is pretty cool! Longish draws on basically all bolts except 1st help with the clips and rope drag, especially if this is your limit or you are short.
By Paul Glover
Jun 24, 2012
This route is actually named Cockopotamus after Hank Caylor's enormous rig. We had to sanitize the name to get it past the city. Just thought you all might like to know. And yes, this route is terrible, 0 stars at best, but it's the only worthwhile warm-up on the wall.
By Steve Annecone
Aug 27, 2015
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
I think this is a good and worthwhile route! Agree with Matt, thuggy warm-up, which is nice to prep for other routes on the cliff. The crux felt like either clipping the second bolt, or perhaps moving up past the second bolt to the good high hold with the left. Doesn't seem to get any easier after repeated ascents....