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Hueco: V6-7 Font: 7A+ R

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Submitted By: Anonymous Coward on Jan 1, 2002

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Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."


It is a little tough to find, but it is worth it once you do. Start from the main area (Breashears' Crack), and head west up the trail. You will have to mount 3 large boulders while heading west. Once you reach the farthest west boulder (large and short), head south straight up the hill. You will see one arete that is pretty cool. Directly behind this is a large problem that has an A-shape. You start on underclings and head up a rail of perfect slopers. Then you either jump or reach for a perfect sloper out right. It then continues straight up the rock.

This is a superb problem. It is in a quasi-cave system and has ferns and such growing out the rock. The slopers are exquisite, and it is definitely a must do.


You will need multiple pads for this one. (Unless you are hardcore) The landing is high, uncontrolled and into a pit of spikey rocks.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Bumping along the rail. (Bumping right hand to the...
Bumping along the rail. (Bumping right hand to the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Working up the rail.
Working up the rail.
Rock Climbing Photo: Luke Childers feeling the magic of the RUPTURE.
Luke Childers feeling the magic of the RUPTURE.
Rock Climbing Photo: Luke Childers gets his repeat of the beloved "...
Luke Childers gets his repeat of the beloved "...
Rock Climbing Photo: Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Rock Climbing Photo: Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Rock Climbing Photo: Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Rock Climbing Photo: Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Rock Climbing Photo: Beta photo.
BETA PHOTO: Beta photo.

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By Daniel Siegel
From: Portola, CA
6 days ago
rating: V6 7A PG13

Unfortunately, someone has graffitied the face of this problem and much of the surrounding cave. It does not affect the climbing too much, but it does take away from the asthetics. Given that it is sandstone, is there any way to remove the graffiti without seriously damaging the rock? I'd be happy to help!
By Anonymous Coward
Oct 3, 2002

This boulder problem is fantastic. My rough estimate is V6-V7. Landing is kind of freaky but should be manageable with enough pads and spotters. One of the best problems at Morrison South.
By Paul Hassett
From: Aurora CO
Oct 25, 2002

This problem is called "Rupture", and has been rated anywhere from V5 to V7. Personally, I believe the rating depends on the height of the individual doing the problem, and really comes down to whether you can dyno to the large sloping dish or just take it.

The problem "officially" begins as a sit-down start in the crack system, and immediately trends right on to the sloping rail. At the termination of the rail, one either takes, or dynos, to the beautiful dish, and then works straight up the face/left-hand prow to the top. Obviously, the crack to the right should be considered off, and I can attest to the relative ease of protection with one pad and a COMPETENT spotter.

Incidentally, there is another line on this block, that has been completed, albeit on TR. If you traverse the sloping rail to its termination and head up the left side of the face, you will find a crimp just out of reach. The trick is to really lock off on the last small dish on the sloping rail and reach very high. After that, attempt to not fall off of the rail, and convert your heel-hook to a foot and stand up. Once you are standing, the rest of the problem is pretty casual.

As mentioned beforehand, I have only done this on TR while we were cleaning this line and "Rupture", and would not recommend doing it without a team of spotters, and a bunch of pads. Instead of landing on the large slab beneath "Rupture", you will land somewhere to the left of it, in the jumble of rocks if you are lucky enough not to hit any of them.

If you feel so inclined to discuss S. Morrison aka "The Dark Side", please feel free to shoot me an email, as I was directly involved in the second phase (post Williams, etc.) development of that area, and can pretty much tell you whatever you would like to know about the area. One amusing side note, is that this area, much like many bouldering areas around Denver, seems to be constantly under development by the local neophyte boulderer. The problem "Rupture" has seen several "FAs" in the last couple of years that just aren't.

Please be extremely careful when bouldering in this area, CO NOT cut down any more trees, as the original developers made a concerted effort to leave certain ones around to retain the soil, provide shade, and not decimate the area - there are no tree over there currently that should get in your way, only stumps that some moron left that will jam you in the heels and lower back. Please pick up your trash, and if you see the a**hole with the shovel over there, feel justified in hitting him over the head with it, and give him an extra whack for me.
By Andrew Hay
Jan 15, 2003

I thought this problem was called Double Arete(V6)? If it's the one I'm thinking of. It sounds like it. Tell me if I'm wrong.
By Paul Hassett
From: Aurora CO
Jan 23, 2003

The double arete is much lower down the hill than "Rupture". "Rupture" resides in one of the upper psuedo-caves that are part of the ridge.
By Andrew Hay
Apr 5, 2004

Oh yeah, Rupture is so sweet! It is a bit better if you're taller, but still a little tough.
By Michael Granado
Aug 27, 2008

This boulder route is so sweet. Me and my climbing partner were over at Morrison doing Helicopter and what not in the Black Hole just sticking everything down. We started to leave and my partner was just like we should check out South Morrison. Holy cow, amazing that we did it was about 1130PM when we were there. So, Rupture was crazy. The dish is solid and then when you get that toe hook on the rail, holy crap, crank to the crimp to the left and just campus to the crimp up top above the Bubble Rock. Get in there deep and you will be like, What the heck, I lost my hand in this crimp from there top it out and enjoy the view. If you can try this at night, it's crazy. The view is amazing.
By Andrew Vojslavek
Oct 4, 2008
rating: V6-7 7A+ PG13

Honestly Rupture for me is the must do line in Morrison Area. I know folks really like Ghost Dance, which I get its amazing, but Rupture is something different. It is not that hard, and the fall is okay. Its a landing like RMNP. As for the grade? Not sure did it with one head lamp, and a spotter. Hard moves are done no more than 13 feet in, the rest is heady.
By half-pad-mini-jug
From: crauschville
Nov 3, 2008
rating: V6-7 7A+ PG13

This route is super-sick, but very scary.... I did it by myself and with one pad, which made the topout terrifying cuz of the landing, I would definitely recommend a couple pads and a good spotter. Burl!!!
By Luke Childers
May 15, 2009
rating: V7 7A+ R

This line will satisfy sloper happy danger nuts!! I will agree with many that the line is tough to grade. It does seem to be somewhat height dependent. I would say a good (V7). Compared to other stout problems in the Flatirons and else where I don't think I would call it (V8). It did not take me long to get the line and most solid (V8s) may take me a few visits. On the other hand, I don't think the line to be any easier. But man who the hell cares...? This line is so fun and the moves are just to fun to be true no matter the difficulty. Yes, do this line!!

The landing is not that bad if you take care with pad placement. I did this with one big pad and one 12 year old, regular-sized pad without any spotters and felt ok... at least for the hard moves.. The top is mellow and if you can work out the slopers to the blessed left crimp you should be fine during the top-out but use caution for sure.

I found that by securing my larger pad under the crux movers with a lager rock slung over the back of some of the slab/little rocks keep the pad from moving. So, when I did fall I just landed on the pad and slid down into a nice flat little dirt pit. Point I think the landing can be ok or really dangerous depending on your pad placement choices.
By Nate26
May 17, 2009

Maybe V6 for me - I did this promblem without the holds out right, just manteling the rail with a heel and pulling to the the good crimp - I could see it being hard with all the holds out right. Very good line though - a little piece of the southeast in CO.
By Luke Childers
May 19, 2009
rating: V7 7A+ R

Nice Nate26!!
I was 1st trying to go up to the left crimp but could not make it work. That would be a sick mantel. I would love to see it go that way man. Cool!! What a great line!
By Andrew Vojslavek
Jun 28, 2009
rating: V6-7 7A+ PG13

After repeating this line I have done it two different ways. I think there are almost a grade difference between them.

Option 1- V7, after hitting the right most sloper, slapping right hand again is probably solid for the grade.

Option 2 - V6, hit the right most sloper and cross left hand over to the right hand side and then match. It is really a pretty awesome way of doing it, and is less conditions dependent.

Option 3 - Mantle, dang! That is pretty awesome. I am a short dude and was not capable of doing such a move, so nice job! Very cool, I echo Luke's sentiments and would love to see it go this way.

I saw my friend Marcelo doing rupture from a low right start, pretty cool, pretty hard. Marcelo is a wicked strong dude, and did not comment on the grade. I know he said he did not do it first, but a cool option if your friends are working on Rupture.

All in all, Rupture is one of the best climbs in the front range, and regardless of grade or way that you choose to do it, the simple fact remains, YOU MUST DO THIS LINE! IT IS SO GOOD!

Andrew V,

If anyone wants to go to MoSo or get a tour let me know.
By Blkjesus
Aug 23, 2010

I've been trying to figure out what this problem has been rated. Everyone is telling me V9. I personally don't see past the V6-7 mark, but hey that's just me.
By half-pad-mini-jug
From: crauschville
Aug 24, 2010
rating: V6-7 7A+ PG13

V7 at most, maybe hard V6, def. not V9....
By Blkjesus
Sep 22, 2010

I like the variation on this problem right up the middle, its a great reach and a show up leap to the crimp. Its even better when you miss the hold and fall flat on your ribs, it just makes you look tough LOL. I love this problem, I wish there were more like it in the area.
From: Chicago/Colorado
Dec 7, 2010

This problem has one of the best slopers I've ever felt. A perfect little cereal bowl upside down. I wouldn't see it harder than what is says V5-V7. Awesome hidden gem for the under traveled Mo. South.
By Erik Allsopp
Mar 12, 2012

This is the COOLEST boulder problem.
The perfect sloper on the right side is a little alarming at first, but by compressing against the pinch, it makes moving the heel up a lot easier.
I'd say, if you're a climber, you can do this. If you have a pair of shoes in the gym, maybe not.
V6ish and not height dependent.
By Arthur Wright
Apr 11, 2016
rating: V7- 7A+ PG13

Fantastic problem, everything about it is great. With a couple pads (and preferably a spotter to move them), the landing is totally safe but still a little scary.

Warning detailed beta below:

When I was first working out the rail, I got my right hand to the second sloper and came in to the first sloper with my left, then bumped right hand to the far crimp on the rail, and did some awkward match to get my left hand on it. This wastes a ton of energy and isn't very smooth--don't do this.

The way I eventually worked out was a lot smoother and saved power for the crux compression moves. From a left hand on the weird nub-jug thing (the good hold you get directly to the left before the rail), I went right hand out to the first chalked sloper, got my left foot set on the really good large edge down by the starting cracks, came in with my left hand to the good sidepull at the start of the rail, bumped my right hand to the second chalked sloper, and then got a high left foot on the good nub-jug thing and crossed my left hand to the scoop/crimp at the end of the rail.

From there, you can set your left heel high on the rail, and you are ready to go out right to the sloper and start the crux. I'll let you figure that out for yourself.


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