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Pound Back SDS  

Hueco: V4 Font: 6B

Type:  Boulder, 11'
Original:  Hueco: V4-5 Font: 6B+ [details]
FA: Jake Perry?
New Route: Yes
Season: Fall
Page Views: 158
Submitted By: Jake Perry on Oct 7, 2016

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BETA PHOTO: Upper portion of the climb with holds used highlig...


This is a sit start to the broken Pound Back (the crimps on the face used to be much better).

Sit start with two low opposing underclings. Pull hard to get your butt off the ground and make a desperate RH throw to a great slopey jug. Work your LH up to the upper of the two slippery face crimps. Bump your RH up the sloper to make room for a very high right heel. Move RH up to perfect crimp around the corner. Get LH on the arete, bump it up to a great hold, then make a big committing move to the lip (it's a huge jug!).


To the right of The Little Boy. If you're looking at Smoke And Mirrors, turn around and walk through the little tunnel, then look to your right.


2 pads. At first glance it seems like you could knock your head on the rock behind you, but you really don't come close to it due to how it climbs.

Photos of Pound Back SDS Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Pretty much the whole line
BETA PHOTO: Pretty much the whole line
Rock Climbing Photo: A close up of the start holds and first move
BETA PHOTO: A close up of the start holds and first move

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By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Oct 20, 2016
rating: V4 6B

So, I'm kind of confused by this line as 'Pound Back' is already a sit start, both on this site and in the New England Bouldering guide. That line starts with the obvious sidepull sloper and whatever you can reach with your left hand. I'm not sure whether holds broke or not, but even if they did, the description for 'Pound Back' should just be updated. There shouldn't be a whole new problem created. Even if your line starts one or two moves lower, because your start doesn't add very much in the way of difficulty in my opinion.

So, it would be more accurate to just update the description and grade for 'Pound Back'. My suggestion would be v4ish from your start and perhaps slightly easier (but probably still v4) from the original sit start holds.

It's a fun little line, but not overly memorable in terms of quality, in my opinion.
By Jake Perry
From: Concord, NH
Oct 20, 2016

Matt Wallace showed me the start of Pound back, which starts matched on the sloping jug. I didn't think it was a sit start, since the hold is like 4 feet off the ground (I would have to stack pads to sit start on that). I showed him where I did it from and he said that it looked quite a bit harder from there. He also mentioned that the crimps on the face used to be really incut and had broken. For me it felt a bit harder than smoke and mirrors (very soft 6), so I gave it v6. When I grade things I like to compare if it was harder than or easier than other problems I've done in the immediate area. I can't see it being the same grade as Whale's Tail.

Here's some bad footage
By matthewWallace
From: Sandwich, NH
Oct 26, 2016
rating: V3+ 6A+

After climbing this route I have to agree with Christian. I can easily reach the starting hold for Pound Back with my right hand from the ground.

I agree that starting on the two underclings makes it a bit hard but I do not think it is an independent line. More like a variation to the start and should be listed as such. If pound back is a v2+, I would say this variation brings it to about v3 maybe soft v4.

Just my two cents.

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