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The Funktion 

Hueco: V3 Font: 6A R

Type:  Boulder, 25'
Original:  Hueco: V3 Font: 6A R [details]
FA: (TR) Kevin Powell, (Ropeless) John Bachar & John Long
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Submitted By: Drewsky on Apr 26, 2012

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A tall, classy old-school boulder problem. Start via either a dynamic move to a crimp or perhaps from cheater stones if present. A few big, fun lockoff moves lead past a rail and on to better holds further and further above a rather dicey landing. The topout isn't too perplexing, but it does involve a little slab at the very top and you're pretty far off the deck.


As per the Function boulder, this problem is on its south (or southeast?) face (not the one with a rivet ladder). I think there must be an easy downclimb on the back part because I don't recall any shenanigans.


A few pads would be nice but falling from the top is probably not a good idea anyway.

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Apr 27, 2012

A beatiful OTD problem. The first couple of moves are reachy. I believe the concensus rating has been .11+ (v3) since the dawn of time.
By Russ Walling
Apr 27, 2012
rating: V2 5+ R

Maybe even easier than that RTM... could be like 10C? There used to be a pile of cheat stones that would let you lean over and grab the first holds from the starting boulder. Maybe the size of those had something to do with the grade. Great problem and with the height and commitment it always kept the fluff off.
Apr 27, 2012

damn that Josh .10c, its brutal!

Jump across to adjacent boulder and downclimb to get down.
By Drewsky
Jul 2, 2012

I wonder if that rating had to do with the quasi-jump to the starting crimps? I dunno. I don't remember where I got that rating so I dropped it a grade. Beyond the start, the problem is certainly more like .11a or something close to that.
By John Long
Aug 28, 2016

Bachar didn't do the FA. Kevin Powell did, with a TR. John and I later did it sans line, no pads. Tricky start. Easier up top but you have to on sight it - or suffer.
By Drewsky
Aug 29, 2016

Looks like the FA info has been corrected to accurately reflect your comments. I also changed my description a bit because it didn't really make sense. I remember having a great time on this problem: with one pad for the start, of course. As stated, getting established on the first holds is a bit finicky, if I'm remembering correctly, but the boulder quickly yields better and better holds as one moves higher.

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