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Hollow Man 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Mark Nakada, Shane Willet, Mike Carnahan 1995
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Jun 20, 2003

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Hollow Man


On the west face of Challenge Buttress, just around the northwest corner, is this 7 bolt route. This route is great, a consistent 5.9. Find your resting spots and pump it out.

This is a route you climb, and then pump out 3 or 4 more times for a workout. With a pine tree shading the sun in the summer it is a great late afternoon climb to cool down.

Just enjoy this beauty.


2 anchors, 7 draws

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Cleaning the anchor on Hollow Man.
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About midway up on Hollow Man.
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Bout half way up hollow man.

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By Lee Gitlin
Jun 3, 2004
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Very consistent 5.9 climbing. There are some wobbly, fist-sized chockstones during the first three bolts. The crux is between bolts 3-4, with a small roof to pull. Mostly right-handed clipping, so keep several draws on the right side of your harness.
By Peter Gram
From: Cupertino, CA
Aug 18, 2004
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

Not a 5.9 move on this route. Pretty sustained at 5.8, however, which warrants giving the overall grade of around 5.9. Lots of fun moves with jugs the whole way.
By Nathan Fisher
May 30, 2006

Lead it trad, it's a solid lead. Just a bit runout at the crux.
By kBobby Hanson
From: Spokane, WA
May 31, 2006

Nathan, that's awesome to hear. I had long suspected as much.
By mattjbudd
From: West Valley, UT
Sep 17, 2007
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

One of the best 5.9's!!
By Dammann
Jun 2, 2008
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c

What a great route !!! The bolt placements are good and the route is a great 5.9. Relax on the way up on the lead or the anchors may prove difficult to clip, my suggestions is to just grab from the last jug to above the anchors even though it is hard to tell if there are holds. The top is a large jug and the largest part is usually marked with a dab of chalk. :)
By Aimee Bates
Apr 19, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

A great route to work on your lead head. There are good hands and feet all the way up, and very well protected. Pumpy.
By jesse clayton
Jun 13, 2009

I love this route for a 5.9 it's a pumper great for first time leads
and an exellent warm up for the day on challange
routes were cleand well by the rain over the last two weeks
be carfull on trails very slick from run off
By Michael Buchanan
Apr 27, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Great 5.9 climbing! If only it were longer (like Fowl Play!). A good left arm pump.
By Andrewprime1 Arredondo
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 6, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This was my first out door lead ever. What a classic climb! I would say it is one of the best 5.9's in BCC, and definitely worth climbing.
By Tim Wolfe
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 2, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Kind of getting slippery now.
By Tim G.
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 19, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Finally got a chance to try Hollow Man this weekend. Challenge is always so crowded, especially this route. It's for good reason though since it's an awesome route. Great moves, good protection, perfect for a newer leader like me. I don't see the point of the belay anchor at the bottom though.
By Alex Quitiquit
From: Salt Lake City
May 21, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Anchor at the bottom is for rope soloing this route. This route could go for a good brushing if anyone is up to do a bit of community service... every hold has about a half inch layer of chalk on it. Like a poster before me... pretty slipperyyyy.

Otherwise awesome route!
By Tyler Needham
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Dec 2, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Very slippery holds...not sure I'd call it a "classic" as the guidebooks do. Interesting route though.
By Jordy Hanson
Apr 16, 2013

I think it is only a classic because it’s pretty good and VERY accessible, not because it is of amazing quality.
By Kirk Hilton
From: Murray, UT
Sep 21, 2013

There's a 3rd bolt at the anchors that is WAY sketch. It still has 2 decent anchor bolts, but the 3rd is about 2/3 of the way unscrewed. Someone needs to tighten it down, or replace it with a glue-in. Again, the anchors are probably ok to rap down off of, but they seem spread out and possibly need some work soon. I don't have any business attempting to fix this kind of thing, but hopefully someone who does will at least take a look at it.
By Garrett C
From: SL,UT
Sep 21, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Dont see why Ruckman calls this a classic, climbing is fun but nothing spectacular - perhaps I have climbed it too many times. However, this climb is a benchmark for 5.9s in my opinion.

Kirk, I think that third bolt was possibly the original? Looks older than the other two in my opinion. I wouldnt trust a TR set up or lowering on it, I just used it as a third point to clip to while I set the anchors on the other 2 chains. That anchor has been that way for awhile, definitely needs some lovin tho.
By pat campana
Oct 7, 2013

Needs humanity.
By Sean Henry Scott IV
From: salt lake city, ut
Jun 8, 2014

Okay route, climbed it today 6/7/2014 and the left hanger is loose and the nut is almost all the way off, unfortunately it was too rusted to tighten. However, there are two newish looking chains right next to it with rap rings so really there is absolutely no need to use that bolt, in fact I would strongely suggest not using it.

The route is fun, but in my opinion not as easy or friendly as say pitch one of Worthy Whoopsie which, by comparison was like a gym climb with closely spaced bolts in very logical and well protected places. Also be aware that the finish to this climb is brutal especially for a pumped out new leader; you're pulling on crimps that just take everything from you and the fall if you botch the clip at the chains is pretty big (trust me), it's safe though. Fun route, however, not something I would rave about like whoopsie. But then again I felt wanky was far easier than both this and whoopsie lol so what do I know.
By Thaddeus VanDenBerghe
From: Salt Lake Sizzle, Utah
Jul 1, 2014

Feeling Hollow from leading this route too many times?

Try climbing to the right of the bolts, clipping them all with your left hand.
Fun variation that warrants about the same grade (especially if you use footholds on the wall to the right at the start)
By user id
From: Ogden, Utah
Jul 1, 2014

Or you could try climbing anything else in the canyon?
By JSaarela
From: Park City
Jun 2, 2015

Rap rings are showing some wear, getting real groovy in a couple spots. Would recommend against lowering through these. Even rappelling felt sketchy (mostly in my mind) through them. Didn't think of it at the time (as always), but it might be best to rap off the quicklinks holding the rings.
By nooky brown
Aug 1, 2015

How did you get down?
By bus driver
Jul 2, 2016

Ring on left anchor is dangerously thin. Take a wrench, a steel ring, and a quick link if you remember. Thanks to the FA
By Grant Calder
Jun 16, 2017

Rap ring on left anchor is indeed looking very worn. Also, single bolt on the left seemed very dicey to me. I used it, but certainly wouldn't do it again. looks like it's about 1/3 of the way out, but I'm guessing it never went all the way in. Fun route!

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