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Hueco: V3 Font: 6A

Type:  Boulder, 15'
Original:  Hueco: V3 Font: 6A [details]
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Submitted By: Clayton Knudson on Nov 30, 2016

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An interesting blend of power and technique. good core strength required.

Follow the corner up to a couple of good holds and mantle onto the flake to top out. Start holds are a good, but small, right hand crimp and left hand pressured into the corner with a small right foot hold. Slap up the corner and adjust until you can reach a crimp to set up for the top of the flake.


The problem is on the right side of the shallow corner, formed by the large flake. It is between Rampage and Phantom Fighter.


A couple of pads and a spotter. Pad the hole well, I fell into it a couple of times and its not fun.

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By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Dec 6, 2016
rating: V5 6C

There is a problem similar to this that is described in the 'Black Bible' Utah bouldering guide, though I believe your line starts slightly to the right of this based on the chalk that I saw.

There's a high stand start right on the prow called 'Hangin Tight' and then a sit start to that line (which is what I'm alluding to above) that was graded v3, though it always felt a bit harder than that to me. However, I can't say for sure how much difference there is between your line and that sit start until I try it and compare.
By Clayton Knudson
From: Moab, UT
Dec 6, 2016

Does the sit version start with the right hand kind of underclinging a good hold at the base of the corner? I have done that one and thought it might be around V4 from the sit, but ended up going up the middle of the large flake.

I'll try and get some pictures on it this weekend and see if we can figure it out.
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Dec 7, 2016
rating: V5 6C

Honestly I don't remember how I did it since it's been so long, but I kind of remember starting it a little right of the prow and maybe using the hold you're describing.
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Jan 11, 2017
rating: V5 6C

I climbed this a week ago. It's a fun line. However after taking a look at some guidebooks, I believe this line has been documented in 'High On Moab'. It's called 'Press Tight' and in typical Big Bend fashion is graded v3. The description in the book is a little confusing, but I believe it's referring to this problem.

Anyhow, I thought this climb was pretty fun and it definitely felt noticeably harder than v3, but who knows...
By Clayton Knudson
From: Moab, UT
Jan 12, 2017

That sounds right just looked at the book as well. Info edited, f me v3 huh?
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Jan 13, 2017
rating: V5 6C

Yah, it's funny because 'Rampage' was upgraded from v3 to v5 in High On Moab and, having climbed both, I would say that 'Press Tight' is harder than 'Rampage'. 'Rampage' certainly requires more commitment, but the crux on 'Press Tight' is definitely harder. I also think 'Press Tight' is harder than every other v3 at Big Bend (and I've done them all, even the real obscure ones). I think v5ish is a fair grade, maybe v4 at the absolute lowest. Definitely easier than most of the v6's though.

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