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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 
Unsorted Routes:


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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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.

Photos of Indistinction Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The business.
The business.
Rock Climbing Photo: The end of the fun crack.
The end of the fun crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: The start.
BETA PHOTO: The start.

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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.
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.

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