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Needs a Bolt 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a PG13

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
Original:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a PG13 [details]
FA: Chris Begue & John Hulett, 1983 or '84
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Submitted By: phil broscovak on Aug 26, 2007

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Here is one of the penultimate Harmels funk fests. A route of unusual character and unexpected grace. A highly recommended route. A great lead IF you are solid at the grade. Start up the poorly protected, steep face until you can turn the little overhang (1st crux) and get established in the dihedral. Climb the funkhedral about half way to the roof and go left across an exposed and funkalicious hand and/or foot traverse out left. Continue up through the most obvious weakness in the left side of the Roofer Madness roof (2nd crux) and belay on the commodious ledge above. Rap to the base from bolts.


From the base of the 2nd buttress at the start of left-facing, left-leaning dihedral of Angles Away there is a steep, broken face that climbs up right to the left-facing dihedral leading to the Roofer Madness roof. This is the big corner and roof system above Angles Away.


Needs a bolt or two (BUT WON'T GET ANY!).
There is potential for a bad fall at the start, but with thoughtful gear placement this route is a relatively safe adventure. Small wires will be essential at both cruxes. Otherwise, just a standard selection of gear should do. Take long slings to reduce rope drag potential.

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From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Aug 26, 2007

Hey Phil, Scott Mossman here, remember me? I was thinking this might be what we used to call "two bolt wall". It was up and left of the "sugar cube" left of the second buttress, from your description, it is not. I've got some great slides of Tom Pulaski, John Pearson, and crew at a picnic just before their first ascent with Jimmy and John Rosholt on the Painted Wall. When I get them scanned, I'll post them.
By phil broscovak
Aug 26, 2007

Hey Scott after all these years it is good to hear you are still out there. Needs a Bolt and 2 Bolt Wall are different routes. 2 Bolt, Another Fantastic Harmels Funk Fest is farther up river past the 2nd Buttress. 2 Bolt is (imho) more serious than Needs a Bolt even though they are about the same difficulty. Great stuff you have been posting! Let's see those ole time pics!
By Stephanovich
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 10, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Great climb, I remember the gear exists 1st placement is a bomber blind #1 cam placement, the rest is there. You gotta trust it and commit. Jimmy thanx for the morning brew and hip belay. Philo thanx for taking me to Taylor.
By chris begue
Apr 2, 2008

First ascent-Chris Begue and John Hulett- 1983 or 84. Bolt added later and then removed, no this is not two bolt wall-crazy time leading that one.
By Bryan Gilmore
From: New England
Dec 23, 2008

Penultimate means second to last.

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