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Aid Crack T 
Brownies In The Basin T,S 
Corn on the Cob T,S 
Crystal Arete 
Devil's Dream T 
East Crack T 
Eat Left T 
Eat Right T 
Empor T 
Empor Scary Variant T 
Face Problem 
Face Route T,TR 
Game, The 
Goat, The T,TR 
Headless Horseman, The 
Hug, The 
Hurley Direct T 
Huston Crack T 
Indistinction T,S 
Left Huge aka The Hug Left 
Mantle Arete 
Ms. Fanny Le Pump T 
Night Vision T,S 
North Face Center T 
North Face Left T 
Northwest Corner T 
Othello T 
Right Crack T 
Sleepy Hollow 
South Crack (Unknown) T 
Thunder Road S 
Under The Boardwalk 
West Cracks T 
West Dihedral T 
West Rib T 
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YDS: 5.8- French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 14 British: VS 4c

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Jim Erickson, Solo, 1978.
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Submitted By: Walt Wehner on Jan 1, 2001

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  • Description 

    The center crack of the routes located just around the corner and uphill (to the east) of the buttress with Huston Crack and Aid Crack, at Cob Rock. This route ascends a steep, right-facing dihedral with a handcrack for 15 feet, then slabs out and widens to fists/offwidth. Two beefy new rap bolts at the top.


    Set of cams, heavy on fist-sized.

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    By shad O'Neel
    Aug 8, 2003

    First 15 feet is a delight. Perfect jams. Then it gets blah. There are some rap slings to avoid the gnarly walk off. Good if the place is swamped and you need to get a buddy from Houston out until the crowds die down.
    By Stephanovich
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 10, 2007

    Climbed it on 5/17/07 the first time, fun route- used a #3+#4 (BD)cam and then climbed up and left to a rap tree that drops you on the east face of cob. start has great jams, watch out for loose rocks when climbing through the broken area to tree.
    By James Beissel
    From: Boulder, CO
    Apr 23, 2008

    Good climb, crappy descent.
    By James Beissel
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jul 6, 2009

    Went up to Cob the other day and discovered a new bolted anchor above this climb.
    By Jay Eggleston
    From: Denver
    Aug 26, 2009

    Climb this to get your self esteem back up after doing Huston Crack. One of the bolts does not have a ring for lowering/pulling the rope. It could use a quicklink for sure.
    By Brent Apgar
    From: Out of the Loop
    Sep 26, 2010

    Was up there today. Current anchor is 2 bolts: 1 hanger has a steel rap ring on it and the other currently has a biner on it.
    By TBD
    Sep 5, 2012
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    I swapped the locations of bolt hangers and added a quick link to improve anchor. It's much better now.

    Too bad the starting hand crack doesn't go on for 80 feet....
    By Andrew Locke
    From: Louisville, CO
    Jun 30, 2014
    rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    I'm terrible at hand cracks, but this pitch felt easier than the top pitch of Empor for me. I'm giving it two stars for the varied moves (stemming, jamming, a little offwidth if you're feeling ballsy). Worth doing if you're in the area and the classics are taken, or as a warmup for Huston.
    By Sarah Schmeer
    Aug 19, 2017

    Could not find a bolted anchor for this climb. Nearest anchors were quite far down and left of where we topped out, above the 11 climb (?). Slings above the downclimb are shredded, just a single cord in place, so didn't use that, either. Walk off sucks.
    By Gregger Man
    From: Broomfield, CO
    Aug 24, 2017

    A bolted rap route was installed in 2013.

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