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YDS: 5.11 French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E4 5c Hueco: V5 Font: 6C

Type:  Trad, Boulder, 20'
Original:  Hueco: V5 Font: 6C [details]
FA: Bob Scarpelli
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Submitted By: JNE on Apr 8, 2006

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Classic sandbag. This is overhanging, has tough sizes, and there is one hand jam 3/4 the way up. For feet, rand smears in the crack are the way to go. It is totally sweet. TR it if you want, but better yet, haul out a pad and boulder it. No, your fingers will not rip off and stay in the crack if you fall. Go for it! This is one of my favorite boulder problems EVER. Really, EVER.


Walk toward End of the Road Rock, as per the description for EOTRR and Spelunk Spire. Past Muscle and Fitness (the very overhung right leaning offwidth in the left side of the a-frame accross the stream to the right), after the trail begins bending around to the right (north of) of the formation containing MAF, locate a trail heading up a small sage brush covered hill to the left. It is very vague for the first ten yards or so, nearly non-existent some years, and marked by a short dead pine tree nearby. The trail soon becomes more distinct, and shortly thereafter dives down into an aspen grove. Once out of this aspen grove, head right toward the obvious rock formation (Spelunk Spire, named for the pointed summit at the western most end). At the formation head right until the very last boulders. Looking up to the left you will see a splitter finger crack so perfect it defies reality.


Pad, TR, or skill.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sending the classic ODNT.
Sending the classic ODNT.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Bart Cubrich on his third lap of the day.
Bart Cubrich on his third lap of the day.
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By Jesse Ryan
May 25, 2006

Nice history lesson on this one. Scarpelli climbs hard on all sizes!
By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Aug 23, 2009

This one is pretty easy to find if you start from Parade Rock or End of the Road Rocks, since it is very close to Wrist Ranger. From EOORR, follow the trail, bearing right at the fork, to a stand of aspens. Keep your eyes peeled to the right, and you'll notice the short, perfect splitter finger crack.
By erik rieger
From: Ridgway, CO
Aug 26, 2012

Hard. Nice history on this one, thanks for the info. Scarpelli continues to inspire.
By skinny legs and all
From: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Mar 3, 2013

I very much enjoyed the anecdote in Justin's description, thanks for contributing.
By John Lombardi
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jul 8, 2017

Pretty easy to find once you get to Spelunk Spire...but here are GPS coordinates anyways:

41.176393, -105.347900.

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