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The Bulge 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Keegan Dimmick on Feb 3, 2009

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From the top of The Bulge. You can walk down along...


Very good climbing on with some great movements and holds. Crux seemed to the starting the route and the bulge at the top. There are some run out spots on easier terrain, may want to bring some smaller nuts or cams. The top half was pretty dirty so I don't think this route sees a lot of ascents.


Around 200 feet to the south of Raising Arizona, look for arching rock and a first bolt you could clip from the ground.


10 bolts, small set of nuts, and some webbing for the top anchor. I belayed my second from a tree about ten feet below the clifline.

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By Mark Maier
Sep 9, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Rock Climbing Photo: The start of The Bulge
The start of The Bulge

As you walk south from Raising Arizona a flake forms an overhang very close to ground level. There are two bolts on top of the overhang. The left hand bolt starts The Bulge. The right hand bolt starts Half and Half.
By Mark Maier
Sep 9, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

There are two cruxes, one over the first overhang and one over the overhang near the top. Both are protected by bolts above you. I think the upper one is 5.9 if you take it straight on and don't slide around to the right.
By Adam Marcus
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 6, 2014

The obvious belay tree that's about 10 feet below the top of the rock wall had some plastic taped around the base and didn't look strong enough to support a day of toproping. So instead, I built an anchor using 50 feet of static rope with one end tied around a big solid tree behind the top of the rock face and the other tied around a flake about 10 feet to the right of the normal belay tree. I then top-roped the route and placed some trad pro so my sportclimbing friends could "lead" the route. I used a #8 BD stopper (gold), and #10 BD stopper (grey), and a #3 Camalot C4 (blue). There was a fairly blank spot about 30-40 feet up where I couldn't find a spot to place any pro so I climbed a little higher and used a long cordalette attached to the cam.
By Thad P
Apr 12, 2014

Adam is correct. Don't belay or toprope from the tree 10 feet below the top of the rock. It is not safe. There's a solid tree just behind the top of the rock face.

Great climb.
By Jack Beatty
Feb 20, 2017

There are two new bolts with rings at the top. A 70M rope just reaches the bottom (with stretch). You will be pulling the rope out of your rappel device as your feet hit the ground. The route is pretty clean now and sees a lot of traffic. The original description is a little old.
By AlexJordan
From: Cambridge, MA
May 8, 2017

With a 70m rope, you can't quite belay your climber all the way to the bottom of the climb, but if you belay from the ledge to the left of the start (about 8 feet up from the start), or lower your climber to that ledge, the rope will reach the bottom of the climb. It's an easy scramble up to/down from the ledge.
By Boodge Nomchompski
Sep 4, 2017

A 70m rope does NOT reach the bottom, even on rappel. But, as stated above, you can reach the ledge to the left and down climb 8-10 feet of pine straw covered 3rd class.

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