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Antagonism S,TR 
Arête S,TR 
Bock! T 
Boiling Point T,TR 
Caddis/Argus S 
Capital Punishment 
Constrictor T,TR 
Dan-D-Line T,TR 
Ebb Tide TR 
Finger Crack T,TR 
Gyro Captain S 
Hare Balls T,TR 
Heart Throb TR 
Hypotenuse T,TR 
Left-angling Crack T 
Lethal Dose T 
Mr. Spiffy S 
Mr. Stiffy S 
Night Train TR 
Old Dihedral T 
Spread Eages Dhare T,TR 
Surprising Slab TR 
Unknown A S 
Unknown B S 
Unnamed (submitted as Doc's Route) T 


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

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Dan Hare and Scott Woodruff, 1979.
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Submitted By: Michael Komarnitsky on Jan 1, 2001

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One of Tuck's defining features is a large, left-facing dihedral that arcs up steeply into a roof. In this dihedral is a very small crack that runs the length of the vertical dihedral. Follow this corner in, up, and finally out through the top.


Very tiny stuff for lead, slings for TR.

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By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Oct 24, 2001

Fun! Well named -- Tony Bubb calls it a study in the angles of forces.
By Ivan Rezucha
From: Fort Collins, CO
Oct 24, 2003
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Good climb. We wondered why, in Rossiter's Boulder Canyon guide, Hypotenuse was starred but Boiling Point, the more obvious and nice looking cracks to the right was not starred. Hypotenuse has interesting stemming moves. There are sloped ledges and holds on the left wall, but the right wall is essentially blank much of the way. Gear ranges from brass nuts and microcams to #1 and #2 Camalots.
By Ivan Rezucha
From: Fort Collins, CO
Oct 24, 2003
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I see I am wrong about Boiling Point being the cracks right of Hypotenuse. Boiling Point seems to be further right around the corner, facing the road. What are the cracks just right of Hypotenuse?
By Adub
Nov 26, 2008

Three routes in this little rock.
Stay left into the dihedral, lots of fun. I would say 5.9.
Run the finger crack up the center, only two moves make this a climb otherwise its pretty simple. 5.8+ maybe a 5.9.
Then run the nose to the left, very simple a little chossy. I would say 5.6 or 5.7.
By Chris Zeller
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 28, 2012

Super classic. Fun easy stemming moves around a roof. Good rock and steep without difficulty make this a classic.
By Eric Klammer
From: Boulder, CO
May 20, 2013
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Bring your baby Aliens/small stuff, this climb can be thin! The bottom of the dihedral currently sports a fixed WC Zero. I placed an okay nut above that and then a black Alien protecting the crux. Once through the crux, a great #1 C4 can be had. Enjoy!
By miles melow
Apr 20, 2014

I'm not sure which guidebook you guys are using, but for the last 34 years, Hypotenuse has always been the thin crack in the face to the right of the corner. To quote Erickson's book 'Rocky Heights' from 1980: "a prominent, open book on the right hand rock. Climb a thin crack on the right hand wall (5.9+)."
By Dankasaurus
From: Lyons, CO
Jun 29, 2015

Climbed both the corner (lead) and the thin crack on the face (TR). Both could be considered dicey for gear by modern standards. Both lines are super fun.

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