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The Cooper Problem 

Hueco: V8 Font: 7B

   
Type:  Boulder, 10'
Original:  Hueco: V8 Font: 7B [details]
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Submitted By: BDalhaus on Aug 27, 2009

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Setting up for the last big move with my left hand...

Description 

This super crimpy bulge may be a lowball, but the beta is interesting and the dynamic crux is somewhat fun. Sit start to the left on two obvious crimps. The right crimp is smaller now than it used to be due to breakage. Pull off the ground and slap right into better holds, then prepare to dyno up to a good three finger crimp before finishing with a very easy topout. Warm up your fingers before touching this one and consider using a dropknee or two. Great for solo missions, but this problem would be far better if the first half was a bit higher off the ground.

Location 

On the smaller of the two Barnyard Boulders, look for the obvious crimpy bulge. Downclimb the back of the boulder.

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By andyscott
From: Massachusetts
Apr 2, 2010

If the starting crimps were at head height this would be really good, but they are not. A right leg dropknee with the foot way down low helps for the crux move.
By josh villeneuve
From: Enfield, CT
Aug 19, 2013

Are you suppose to ignore the amazing jug flake out to the right for the last move (big move to the 3 finger pocket)
By BDalhaus
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From: Bangor, ME
Aug 27, 2013

Ignore it. Using it drops the grade down to about V6 and changes the crux altogether.
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
May 18, 2015
rating: V8 7B

I'm kind of embarrassed that I actually spent time climbing this, but this was one of the handful of v8's I had left to climb in Pway. Fairly beta intensive and powerful, which is cool. On the other hand, it's like 7 feet tall with scrunchy and awkward movement, which is not cool. And on top of that, it's contrived. Remember when this was what bouldering used to be about? I'm glad that's not the case anymore.
By Jake Perry
From: Concord, NH
Apr 27, 2016

Could someone post a picture of the start holds or perhaps give some better info on where they are and maybe a general line of travel for this problem? Been wondering where it really starts for a while now.
By Troy Fauteux
From: Henniker NH
Jun 11, 2016
rating: V8 7B

I disliked this thing for the longest time. Mainly because it was sharp and I couldn't do it, but once it comes together it climbs fairly well. Not the best v8 in the area but worth doing once I suppose.
By Graham O.
Jul 8, 2016
rating: V6 7A

A fun little climb. There is actually a very thin hueco out right that helps with the last move.

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