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Punk Rock Traverse 

Hueco: V5 Font: 6C

Type:  Boulder
Original:  Hueco: V5 Font: 6C [details]
FA: Keith Schoepflin
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Submitted By: Jesse Ryan on Jul 20, 2001

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Traversing Punk Rock, 1981.


Downhill and to the left from the meditation boulder, or downhill and right of Bolt Wall, Cat's Eye and Talent Scout lies this low boulder, unassuming in nature until one looks at the 20 foot long, 5' high overhanging west face. Traverse along the face without using the top (two variations for finish include the standard by staying on the finishing rail, or using the slopers on the top of the rock). Very fun power endurance, once you become very familiar reverse the problem. Or start working the V9 but scraping low traverse.


Other than the small boulder near the end of the problem, and the horizontal nature of some of the moves, this traverse remains within a couple feet of a soft landing the whole way. Bring either a crash pad or a spotter make this lowball very safe, after a little work you'll feel safe without either.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Darcy concentrates on punching through the last cr...
Darcy concentrates on punching through the last cr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jordan Katz.
Jordan Katz.
Rock Climbing Photo: Punk Rock Traverse, Rotary Park
Punk Rock Traverse, Rotary Park

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By Mike Sofranko
Aug 7, 2001

I think of this problem as solid 5.12. Slightly easier than the Mega, but more power endurance oriented.
By Old Fart aka Dave Bohn
Jan 6, 2002

Sorry, but I haven't dropped any acid since the '70s and for the record Malcomn Daly used to go up and back 3 times as a warm up! Of course, after the finger-lock broke off 6-7 years ago about a third of the way up, the route is a LOT harder then it used to be; the last time I was up there in May 2001 I could only go up and back. I can remember my name just fine, it's the age thing I have to stop and figure out; let's see 2002 -1955. I'm sorry, I'm just jealous of all you new kid's out there sending your v15+, I can't climb over V9 any more. Now what was really hard was doing all those laps on Tendonitis! Dave B.
By Andy Mauk
Jan 30, 2002

My friends and I where working this Traverse and got so close to getting it. It takes so much endurance than anything.
By Colin Erskine
From: Madison, WI
Jan 11, 2007

Let me tell you, when there is 22" of snow on the ground and muddy outside from the melting snow... this gets a little harder to do. Im working it right now and have gotten the first crux down in the middle but its deff something i wanna finish on a warmer day, not in Jan.
By Jordan A.
Oct 13, 2007
rating: V5 6C

This is my personal standard for V5 traversing. Interesting and fun moves the entire way. For the full V5 value I recommend NOT using the slopers at the last crux (right after the heel hook over the impending back breaker, which you won't actually hook when doing the sloper finish), and instead using a lower right hand gaston, left heel, and crossing to the left sidepull above gaston and before sloper top. Then move to the final crack slots under the top slopers and finish. In the Horsetooth hang bookelet the sloper finish actually garnered more points even though it seems comically easier. For more pump, traverse the rarely done NE face from far left to right, then round the corner and drop into punk. Or if you prefer, try the super squatty low line (Kelley Traverse V8).
By Nick Barczak
Dec 12, 2012

I think this is markedly easier than either Cornerlock (V4) or Mental Standard (V4).
By Jim Brink
Nov 7, 2013

For the record, Keith Schoepflin did the first ascent. Jim Brink
By grog m aka Greg McKee
Nov 25, 2015

Yee haw! I must have worked this 100 times before I finally sent it. I knew they day I pulled up on top of this beauty it would have to be my first attempt of the day. Trying it multiple times only wears me out.
By Christian Eaton
From: Colorado
Apr 6, 2017
rating: V5 6C

IMO best traverse on the Front Range. Doesn't suffer from the overload of hands like on Monkey Traverse. Not too many, not too few, perfect.

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