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Iron Cross Traverse 

Hueco: V5 Font: 6C

Type:  Boulder, 10'
Original:  Hueco: V5 Font: 6C [details]
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Submitted By: Adam Hicks` on Oct 1, 2003

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This isn't actually on Distant Dancer Pinnacle, but the rock directly below it (west). Start on the right side working up the arete to a good hold. From there you get your left hand on a flake, do some funky footwork and cross through right hand to a small, thin flake. From this position comes the namesake move. There's an intermediate which is a tremendous help, but you basically have to throw your left for the far left flake, extending your upper body. I've seen the feet done differently for the match, but it is the crux of the route. From the big flake climb straight up on positive edges above the boulder to a topout on a slab. Have fun!


The crux of the traverse is a somewhat committing move, and if one wer eto pop off, one might smack back first into a tree. A spotter is recommended, as the topout above the boulder could result in a painful fall as well.

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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 3, 2004

V5? I don't know but I've seen this listed as a V3 in a lot of guidebooks. A stiff V3 but a V3 nonetheless.
By Adam Hicks`
Apr 14, 2004

I don't think I've ever seen it listed. Benningfield alluded to an obscure V2 traverse somewhere in the area, but this ain't no V2. My grading of this traverse comes from the mouths of others. You see, I am a horrible grader, and don't know what to call anything. People tell me what's what, and that's what it is to me.

As far as I'm concerned it's way harder that any of the other V3's at flagstaff. The muscles needed to land the Iron Cross move alone make it harder than V3, and there's climbing before AND after that.

Of course, grades are all subjective, and if you do it as easy as a V3 then congratulations for being a stud. I guess the rest of us aren't so luckily endowed with manliness.
By Chip Phillips
From: Broomfield, CO
Apr 14, 2004

grades schmades AC. how 'bout a comment about how that iron cross move can really wreck your shoulder ... or how the meddling boulder behind you for the finish takes away from the quality of the problem ... or how a number of holds on this over the last couple decades have crumbled away making it harder ... or at least tell us it's a great or terrible problem ... or ask why this thing became known as the iron cross traverse ... or what it used to be called ...

i'm with you adam, I think its harder than V3. you took the time to add it to the database, so i'm not going to argue. we all know grades are subjective, so I will leave it at that.
By Adam Hicks`
Apr 21, 2004

Why thank you Samet for the humor. I gots a question for Chip: Why's it called the Iron Cross traverse?
By Chip Phillips
From: Broomfield, CO
Apr 22, 2004

Adam, I suspect it was a word of mouth thing ... ie:"Have you done that little traverse with the iron cross move?" which melded into "Have you done The Iron Cross Traverse?" A reasonable name for a problem that went undocumented until CO Bouldering and went nameless in that guidebook.

I've heard some people comment that they never called it that back in the day. What did you guys call it anyway? The Short O Traverse?

By Anonymous Coward
May 21, 2004

You're right Chip who cares about grades! It's actually good to hear people think this is harder that V3.In retrospect this thing kicked my ass when I first moved here. Luckily I now have it ruthlessly wired into submission. Maybe thats why I thought the grade seemed inflated.

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