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Olympic Swimmer 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Greg Barnes on Oct 23, 2015

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  • Description 

    This route heads up the easiest looking terrain starting with a short corner and has bolts with black painted hangers. It's probably a retrobolt of the first pitch of Lichen to Like. Just to the left is another short corner which is harder and has a tan painted bolt at about 25' ("Pool Skimmer").

    Per Jason Haas: this is distinct from the first pitch of Lichen to Like.


    About 10' right of the toe of the wall, look for a black bolt about 20' up. The anchor is about 90'. There is also another anchor well up and right, probably more like 120'. Directly under the anchor is Pool Skimmer which has 2 tan pro bolts, one at the bottom, one at the top.


    4 bolts, pro to 1.5", 2-bolt anchor.

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    By Jason Haas
    Nov 8, 2015

    15 years ago Craig Weinhold and I went up to Blob Rock for some wintertime cragging, and I unfortunately had forgotten my climbing shoes. Not wanting to squander a perfect t-shirt weather winter day, we made the best of it. We climbed this and the other two unknown routes that day (amongst all the Shimmer/Simmer routes). It's a shame they have been bolted.
    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Nov 15, 2015
    rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

    Seems like 5.5 or 5.6 to me. The variation to the left makes it 5.7-, perhaps.
    By Greg Barnes
    Nov 16, 2015

    I wouldn't argue with 5.5 or 5.6, I figured it was a direct retrobolt of the first pitch of Lichen to Like, so I kept the 5.7 rating from the D'Antonio guide.
    By Jay Eggleston
    From: Denver
    Nov 22, 2015
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    This does seem easy for 5.7, but I kept the grade as I don't want anyone to feel sandbagged.
    By Jason Haas
    Nov 29, 2015

    I would like to clear up some misinformation/history on this route. I re-climbed these routes twice (ones last week and once the week before that). I also tracked down first ascentionists, and asked several people that have done both The Reamer and Lichen to Like to clear this up. This pitch, as described here, is a new route known as Olympic Swimmer. It does cross Lichen to Like at about the 75-foot mark, just below the second retrobolt (hollow-sounding flakes). Lichen to Like keeps angling up and right along the crack system to gain the ledge at the higher of the two bolted anchors (where the still intact webbing nest is around the chockstone). We did not place any bolts on our ascent (lead or anchor). I am not a fan of retrobolts and while I recognize I did not publish our route on mountainproject, I did give the information to both Rossiter and D’Antonio for their respective books. Unfortunately the route never made it into D’Antonio’s books as Rossiter never updated his book (as of yet). In that regards, I do not blame the retrobolter for the bolts, but it would be nice to see them removed and patched.

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