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Purpose, The T,S 
Route That Dan Missed, The T,TR 
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Spoils, The T 
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Wrinkles T 

Arms Bazaar 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a R

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Alec Sharp, Richard Carey
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Submitted By: Pinklebear on Sep 1, 2001

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Description 

This is one of Boulder Canyon's longest and finest crack climbs, a shorter, steeper version of Country Club Crack without the annoying mantle at the bottom. It is on the smooth buttress right (west) of the gully which splits Bell Buttress in two, about 100 feet past Cosmosis along the ledge system.

Begin just right of Epiphany. Step up over a small roof, clip a bolt and move past poor holds. Move right under the lip of the hanging roof (be sure to arrange protection before you step out right), crank a burly move to a finger lock, then race the pump clock up the perfect layback/crack above. A final thin seam takes you to a nice belay ledge with double bolts. 20 meter pitch.

A direct finish (Cameron's Finish 5.12 s/vs, rehearsed on toprope) steps right from the top of the crack onto the slabby headwall and climbs up an ever-diminishing seam to a butt-clenching exit crux. Bring two #0 TCUs to protect low in the seam.

Protection 

Bring a set of medium stoppers and double TCUs and cams up to #2 Camalot size, as well as small TCUs or RPs for the exit crack.


Photos of Arms Bazaar Slideshow Add Photo
Daddy Mo showing you how to climb a hard crack.  Take notes.  It'll be on the test.
Daddy Mo showing you how to climb a hard crack. T...
Marco Cornaccione is the climber.
Marco Cornaccione is the climber.
Daddy Mo having it on the first roof.
Daddy Mo having it on the first roof.
Joseph Crotty clipping the bolt that protects the start.
Joseph Crotty clipping the bolt that protects the ...
Shumin looking for something to stand on during his flash attempt.
Shumin looking for something to stand on during hi...
Thom Engelbach finds some gear on Arms Bazaar (12a, S) on Bell Buttress, on an otherwise gloomy day in Boulder Canyon. Photo by Tony Bubb, 2002.
Thom Engelbach finds some gear on Arms Bazaar (12a...
Contemplating the entry into the roof crux sequence.
Contemplating the entry into the roof crux sequenc...
John almost thru the business.
John almost thru the business.
Jamming through the crux.
Jamming through the crux.
Shumin reaching for the distant finger jam.
Shumin reaching for the distant finger jam.
John on is way to onsighting Arms B.
John on is way to onsighting Arms B.
Plugging in some gear at the end of the crux.
Plugging in some gear at the end of the crux.

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By Steve Annecone
From: boulder
May 3, 2004

This route is awesome and high quality. Being a real crack and very sustained, it's uncharacteristic of the Boulder area. I think the "s" refers to the start, where you need to do some 5.10 climbing with bad ground fall potential before getting to the first pro (a bolt) about 20 feet up or so. But the pro from there, although pumpy to place, seems pretty good.
By Fremont Shields
Aug 30, 2004
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a

This is such a good route. As long as you're careful getting to that first clip, the rest of the route protects beautifully. A 1-1/2 Friend with a looong sling on the left protects the move out to the roof, then a 2 Friend just over the lip is bomber for the next few moves. I tried a .75 Camalot and a 1 Camalot both just above the roof and neither one fit as nicely as the 2 Friend -- where I placed it also left room for the one, good, handjam. Milk the pod-rest above the roof, then get psyched and punch it!

I think the route is .11d because of two reasons, 1.) that's what it was rated in an earlier guide, pre-sport grade inflation, and 2.) I've never climbed a .12 before, or since )-: and I was able to do this route with some strategy - definitely not the first try.
By Joseph P. Crotty
From: Broomfield, CO
Sep 7, 2006
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R

Great line with a slight emphasis on power. I'll forgo the blow by blow gear beta, but suffice to say, if you don't properly sew up the low crux gear can rip and you will crater. On a fall from the lower roof crux two weeks ago I pulled two cams and decked from 35'. Be careful and make sure your gear is totally dialed.
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 8, 2006
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a

Joseph- I would cosider asking your belayer what he or she was doing when you fell, because I fell off the lower roof crux, ripped all my gear, and my belayer (who is a pretty damn good one!) kept me safely off the ground.
By Rob Kepley
From: Westminster,CO
Sep 9, 2006
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R

The climbing gods must have been smiling on me today. What an amazing line. Yes, Try to place good gear before committing to the crux. It's a bit heady up there.

One of the best BC has to offer.
By David A. Turner
Sep 27, 2007
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13

Low in its grade.
By slim
Administrator
Aug 24, 2009
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13

definitely one of the best gear routes in the canyon. with minor shenanigans and careful gear placement this is a reasonable lead. great crux movement down low, and fun climbing in the 10 range above add up to a great route. i could see 11d or 12a either way, without too much argument. i actually thought this one was quite a bit easier than 'thunderdome' and substantially easier than 'the spoils'.
By topher donahue
Nov 9, 2011

This thread would be a great study of climber psychology. One guy says the gear seems pretty good. Another says he pulled it all and decked. Another says the one who decked must have had a bad belayer because he pulled all the gear and didn't deck. Another credits the climbing gods. Another says it's easy for the grade. Classic!

P.S. - If you're tall enough, and don't fill your jams with cams, you can place a really good nut up high before doing the crux and have a bombproof TR through the sketchy bit.
By Andrew Cossette
From: Denver, Co
May 11, 2013

Had to bail because of rain today. The nut about 1/2 way up is not fixed. I'll be back to finish the route and get it down on Friday 17th. Thanks.