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Ross Bongo 

Hueco: V8 Font: 7B

Type:  Boulder, 20'
Original:  Hueco: V8 Font: 7B [details]
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Submitted By: jonah on Jun 26, 2006

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The really fun arete/face on the southeast corner of the boulder. Sit start, moves up on edges and pinches using a fun knee bar. Hard moves bumping left onto the face and tossing left and up to a good edge (using heel and toe trickery along the way).


the first problem you come to from the approach.


Several pads and a spotter

Photos of Ross Bongo Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Big move to a big hold.
Big move to a big hold.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nate setting up for the crux move.
Nate setting up for the crux move.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sam showing the new crip that has to be used since...
Sam showing the new crip that has to be used since...

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By Jason Duckowitz
May 6, 2007

I did this route about 4ish years ago, right after the clear cut. I can't be sure that it was a first ascent, but we did spend quite a bit of time cleaning it. I never graded it or named it.
By kimmo
Oct 11, 2007
rating: V8 7B

FA who knows? Did this early spring of I think '02. Friend said it was FA, but who really knows. Thought it to be fairly solid V8, certainly not 10. On the thought that it was FA at the time, called it Trigger Point. Fun climb regardless!
By jonah
Oct 15, 2007

Consensus does seem to be around 9ish, though I heard the pinch just broke on it. Weird - it seemed solid to me. Who knows - maybe harder or easier now. Fun problem, though! check out this vid of Kelly doing it:
By jonah
Oct 31, 2007

Went and got on this last weekend - the good pinch is gone. Real bummer. Definitely makes it harder to set up for moving to the left sidepull for the throw. Still fun, and a little more challenging.
By Josh Hodges
Jun 18, 2010
rating: V8 7B

The beta used in that video looks way harder than the way most people I've seen, and I, used. Mostly to do with the footwork.
By Joshua Dreher
From: Bremerton, WA
Sep 7, 2010
rating: V8 7B

The left/right hand pinch in the video is since gone (thanks to yours truly....sorry). It made the beginning somewhat harder but added a good foot-hold for the crux throw.
By JAtkinson
Dec 12, 2014
rating: V8 7B

The first problem you come to from the approach trail is Ground Zero... I believe Ross bongo is to the right of that and to the left of the 5 star arete. Haven't been there for a while but thats how i remember it.
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Dec 12, 2014

Is this problem spelled

1) Ross Bongo


2) Rosbongo?

The above video from Jonah shows it as 1). So I wonder if the listing here is correct.
By Bennylava
Dec 24, 2014

the guide book calls it Ross Bongo
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Dec 25, 2014

Thanks B-

I fixed the name to agree with the published guidebook.

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