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West Side Traverse 

Hueco: V4+ Font: 6B+

Type:  Boulder, 35'
Original:  Hueco: V4-5 Font: 6B+ [details]
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Submitted By: GarrisonH on Sep 19, 2011

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West Side Traverse Beta


When facing the west half of the boulder, sit start on the right side arete. Traverse to the left side arete and top out. Basically a 10ft boulder problem followed by a huge ledge rest followed by a 15ft boulder problem and finishing with jugs.


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By GarrisonH
Sep 19, 2011

Not sure if this has been done before. If so, due credit should be given. Not sure on the grade. If anyone has tried/done it before I'd like to know what they think.
By Paul Getzke
From: Bloomington, mn
Sep 19, 2011

A very, very cool route, but it's been climbed before, just like 99% of the other "new" routes on the boulder. I'm suprised it's taken so long to post it as it is one of the boulder's best lines by far. I agree with the rating. There is also a low traverse that is much harder.
By GarrisonH
Sep 20, 2011

Cool, thanks for letting me know. I never thought about the low traverse, I see the line though, definitely looks much harder. I was eyeing up the left side blunt arete of the west face. Sit Start on side pulls of arete and going straight up looks really hard, haven't tried it though.
By Paul Getzke
From: Bloomington, mn
Apr 30, 2014

The next step would be a complete girdle traverse of the entire boulder. I don't know anyone who has done that, including me. The section on the east face would likely be the crux.
By jon bender
From: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 10, 2015

This is an awesome route. Here's a video of part of it. The whole traverse is definitely possible. A few sections might have to go high, though.

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