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Bluffer, The T 
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Delectable Pinnacle, Right  T 
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Freeblast T 
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Hardly Pinnacle T 
Indubious Battle T 
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Little John, Left T 
Little John, Right T 
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Moby Dick T 
Moby Dick, Left T 
Party Mix T 
Peter Left T 
Peter Pan T 
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Pterodactyl Terrace, Right T 
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Rock Neurotic S 
Sacherer Cracker T 
Salathe (pitch 1) T 
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Short But Thin T 
Simulkrime T,TR 
Slack ( center), The T 
Slack, Left, The T 
Sparkling Give-away T,S 
West Buttress (pitch 1&2) T 

The Bluffer 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 85'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Eric Kohl and Cade Loyd (1992)
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Submitted By: Bryan G on Apr 18, 2011

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Dan leading The Bluffer

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This is a quality thin-face climb located on The Footstool. The Bluffer is a stimulating lead with multiple cruxes. Well protected near the ground, the bolt spacing becomes more exciting up higher. Not runout or unsafe, but not a sport climb. For the chicken-hearted (like myself), it can be top-roped after leading an easy 5th class traverse (pro: small cams) to the anchors.


The Footstool is located at the base of the Southeast Face, about 100 yards to the right of the Alcove. From the Nose, it's a 15-20 minute walk mostly uphill. Just keep following the base and you can't miss it. There are a handful of difficult, bolted routes on the outer face of The Footstool. The Bluffer is the furthest right of these.


6 bolts, 2 bolt anchor/rap

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