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The Fake Eppulator 

Hueco: V7- Font: 7A+

Type:  Boulder, 10'
Original:  Hueco: V6-7 Font: 7A+ [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Adam Stackhouse on Aug 1, 2006

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Working the moves on the Fake Eppulator

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This is a shaded cave like hand traverse from the left to right "fin" of sorts, to a big stick with the right hand to exit. Keeping the feet way left helps. Hard


A small collection of boulders hidden by bushes on the righthand side of the switchback just after the Jaws exit and Rockwork Orange exit.


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Rock Climbing Photo: Working the moves on the Fake Eppulator.
Working the moves on the Fake Eppulator.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nick Franko working through the B1
Nick Franko working through the B1
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By Scotty Nelson
From: Boulder
Sep 28, 2006

Actually a genuine boulder problem without a crummy landing. Tough.
By OBdizzy
Jun 20, 2008

I think V5 is at least a two grade sandbag. I've sessioned this thing with a few different friends who routinely dispatch V7+ pretty quickly, and nobody has ever even done the top throw let alone linked it up from the sit. Who knows though. prolly little harder than V5 from the sit.
By Adam Stackhouse
Jul 2, 2008

Having little intimacy with the V-Scale, you could be correct. I too have spent many hours on this beauty, sans the send. The rating posted is a reflection of a V-Scale translation to the original rating of 5.12
Maybe at the time (as with many climbs) the FA folks dared to rate things harder than the given "hard" rating of the day...
By zacharydroth
Jan 2, 2010

This problem is hard for sure! I would say that a stout v6 grade would be a good call. All the move are there just connecting the dots is a bit power endurancy.
By GregH
From: San Diego, CA
Mar 5, 2011

For what it is worth, this is not the Eppulator, this V6 is unnamed.

the real Eppulator is on the adjacent boulder but facing the road.
By Darrell Hensel
Mar 6, 2011

Greg is right. The real Eppulator is the dike on the adjacent boulder, facing and totally obvious from the hairpin.
By EliotAC
From: Mill Valley
May 3, 2011
rating: V6 7A

This is also known as the "Fake Eppulator"
By Adam Stackhouse
May 3, 2011

Greg, Darrell et al.,

I changed the name to reflect your information. Thanks
By atp
From: Clairemont Mesa, CA
May 23, 2011
rating: V6-7 7A+

Great problem not typical to woodson. Starting left around the corner outside of what the picture shows on a big flake/rail. Took me some time to get but really happy I did. I agree with the eppulator being next to the road. I've been told the problem was called eppersons lunge, it sounded fitting to the problem.
By dtomczik
From: Bishop, CA
Jun 11, 2011

Before becoming the popular boulder problem that it is now, it is my understanding that the problem never had a name. Chucking from the rail to the lip was simply referred to as "the B1 lunge across from jaws."
By G.McCay
From: Galloway, NJ
Nov 7, 2011

@atp...Eppi's Lunge is at Santee Boulders, to the right of Shockley's Lunge (wink).
By ron amick
From: poway, ca
Dec 11, 2011

Henny and Greg are right about the real eppulator being the dike problem facing the road, on adjacent boulder, gary is right about eppersons lunge being at santee not woodson (greg epperson had nothing to do with the the problem in question) and Doug is correct about it being called the B1 lunge BITD 2 cents
By H Poet
Mar 26, 2013
rating: V6-7 7A+ PG13

Easily a V6 if not a V7. Super fun, low dyno to finish up.
By John3974
Mar 26, 2013

There is also a direct finish that goes straight up to small edge, instead of the big move right. Both lines feel around V5 to me,
but the direct line may be more doable for short people because a smaller friend did that move easy but couldn't stick the dyno.
By GoBoy
Dec 8, 2013

Great problem. Feels like the standard for a short V7.
By Matt Michael
From: Oceanside, CA
Mar 14, 2014
rating: V7- 7A+

Felt harder than some v7s that I've done. Felt v7- was appropriate after some reconsideration. Granted, those v7s were at tram, and were probably soft for the grade.
By Travis Fu
Apr 7, 2016

I'm having a little bit of trouble finding this problem. If any of you know the coordinates, or can mark it on a map thatd be awesome.
By glc
From: CA
Apr 9, 2016

GPS: 33 00.355 N 116 58.089 W The red mark in the picture is where The Fake Eppulator is located. It's partially under a tree and another larger boulder. You can climb the arete too, which is really cool as well and comparable in difficulty.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Fake Eppulator on a satellite screenshot
The Fake Eppulator on a satellite screenshot
By unicornsandpuppies
Jul 3, 2016

On Friday night I saw these ridiculous tick marks on this boulder. Is this for real? If so, please don't do it again. On the other hand, it may be a comment on some other recent egregrious tick marks, in which case I guess it is kind of funny.
Rock Climbing Photo: Crazy tick marks.
Crazy tick marks.
By JoshuaMichaelGolden
Jun 12, 2017
rating: V7+ 7A+

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