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Surfer Rosa 

YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c

Type:  Sport, 90'
Original:  YDS: 5.13a French: 7c+ Ewbanks: 29 UIAA: IX+ ZA: 29 British: E6 6c [details]
FA: Kurt Smith
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Submitted By: yevquest on Mar 24, 2009

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Surfer Rosa is the classic tufa line on the left side of the Surf Bowl. Easy tufa climbing for 4 bolts leads to a good shake in a little alcove. The crux looms above with a boulder problem on a tufa just past the 4th bolt. Bust this to a huge jug and catch a shake. A section of nice climbing lies ahead where you're trying to get a pocket with the right hand and another huge jug with the left. There's a bolt just before the pocket but it seemed better to skip. After the jug a fun, insecure section of dueling tufas leads to the chains. Don't blow it at the top!


On the left side of the Surf Bowl. It shares the start (but no bolts) with Bluefin.



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By yevquest
From: Southeast,US
Mar 24, 2009

Everyone in our group thought this seemed quite hard for 13a. After talking with locals, it seems that Surfer Rosa, Nemo, and Big Blue all are considered 13b which seems about right. In the end it doesn't matter as this is a world class route no matter what grade. Get on it.
By Shirtless Mike
From: Denver, CO
Jan 15, 2010
rating: 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c

Great route! Don't underestimate the final upper crux. This is the redpoint crux for sure. I was the only one in my group that clipped the bolt mentioned above, everyone else skipped it, it didn't seem all that difficult to clip but certainly takes some extra energy.
By Curt MacNeill
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 26, 2011
rating: 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c

This route is dope!! Probbaly one of the better tufa lines in Potero and well worth the approach. Climb chossy but ok rock to the first bolt and get on the large tufa. Climb tufa after tufa after tufa meanwhile fighting the pump and resting when you can. For a 5.13, there are alot of really good holds on the route; although power is deinately the name of the game on this one. There is a burly ass pinch about half way up the route that seems to be the stopper move. There are prehung draws all the way to the top for working the route. There is a bit of a runout between the last bolt and the anchor and given how pumped you are is conducive to epic and fairly large whippers. Great fun. Get er done......
By Unassigned User
Aug 28, 2011

One of the sickest route's I've be on!!

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