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Monster Traverse 

Hueco: V5-6 Font: 6C+

Type:  Boulder, 10'
Original:  Hueco: V5-6 Font: 6C+ [details]
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Submitted By: Pinklebear on Aug 13, 2002

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This is a varied, pumpy tour of the north face of the Monster Block that, unlike its highball cousins, never gets more than a foot or two off the ground. Most commonly done right to left (uphill), this traverse has two back-to-back cruxes at the end that will tax your finger and core strength.

Start on the good incut crimps of Despuntia Dudes, the right (northwest) arete of the boulder. Move left on good jugs and slopers until you hit a crimpy, high-steppy crux about 2/3 of the way across. Pimp into a shallow hueco/slot, shake out, and continue left via hard pulls crossing an overhanging dihedral.

Finish out by either stepping left around the northeast arete onto the slab, or by topping out the Northeast Arete itself. This traverse is always shady, so it's a better bet on hot days than the west-facing Sergeant Woody Traverse.

A much harder advent, Train in Vain (V10), crosses the west face of the block on crozzly, pebbly crimpers, then scoots around the arete to join the Monster Traverse.


A pad or two, and a spotter to slide them along with you.

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By Adam Holmes
Aug 14, 2002

Is this the same traverse referred to as Traverse du Jour in the Benningfield guide?

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