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Hueco: V3 Font: 6A R

Type:  Boulder, 20'
Original:  Hueco: V3 Font: 6A R [details]
FA: [Pat Ament]
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Submitted By: jonah on Aug 26, 2003

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King Conqueror ascends the beautiful crack running right up the middle of the rock. The problem is a lot more overhanging than it looks and uses the crack a lot less than you might expect. The crux is a little inobvious but a lot of fun once you figure it out. It is one of the best problems Flagstaff has to offer.


It is nice to have several pads and spotters; it's kinda highball.

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By Owen Silver
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 21, 2003
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

That's King Conquer.
By Anonymous Coward
Aug 15, 2004

Be careful with the undercling out right. Part of it broke off on me and I'm payin' for it!!!
By SCherry
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 21, 2006

FA: Pat Ament!
By Andrew McLean
From: Colorado
May 17, 2009

This problem is classic and definitely high ball.

Last summer I slipped off the sloperish top out with my right leg up and missed the crash pad compressing my left leg directly on the sizable buried boulder at the landing. The result of this fall was 4 broken bones and 4 months recovery time.

Just make sure you have a crash pad over the boulder and a really good spotter.
By Joshinator
From: Longmont, Colorado
Sep 25, 2011

This is rather highball, and the landing isn't the best. Rather than bringing pads, I just go with a friend and set up a TR. Go behind the route and you can march up an easy slab, or more of a staircase, and set up a TR that you can back up with cams and nuts. I know people get crap for top-roping, but come's a safe way to have some fun on an otherwise dangerous highball.
By John McMullen
From: El Portal, CA
Oct 17, 2013

Historical. I remember working on this when I lived in Boulder. I made several attempts, and psyched myself off. I knew I could climb it, but I couldn't wrap my head around the height. I really hurt my feet falling off it several times ... didn't have pads in the early '80s, around '82.
Finally, I was there one day, and Hidetaka Suzuki came up and climbed it almost effortlessly.... I climbed it right after he got on top, and I think he was very confused by my happiness ... but we both got a huge laugh from my excitement. ;-)
The climb itself is now much less important than that memory of sitting on top with Suzuki and meeting him for the first time.
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
May 22, 2017

Great story, John M. I spent a week or so with Suzuki and his wife in Yosemite in 1983. One of the nicest guys you could ever hope to know...and he seemed to make EVERYTHING (including Tales of Power and Separate Reality) seem effortless.

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