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Dubbed "The World's Shortest Highball", Atari Arete is one of the most aesthetic boulder problems on the east side of the Sierras (or anywhere) and offers an exciting finish. What starts off as a wide sloping bear-hug style arete, eventually becomes narrower and less secure. Most beta involves heel-hooking one side of the arete (generally the right side) as you squeeze the arete and pull off the ground. Keep your eye out for marginal foot smears as you pull off the ground and again higher up. There is no real defined crux, however reaching a critical thumb-pocket high and right allows you to adjust your feet and work your left hand up before eventualy throwing for the lip.
Happy Boulders, Bishop: On the right side of the canyon on the trail to the Happy Boulders (visible from the trail)
There are multiple ledges that you can land on to the right of this climb. Ideally, you should have a pad on each of them and a couple spotters: one just at the base and one down below in case you pitch off the first ledge. Beware of the fall on this climb... legend has it John Sherman fell while lunging for the lip, taking his spotter out with him for the plunge into the talus below (which I assume was well padded). So pad up thoroughly!
BETA PHOTO: Atari Topo
Greg Jackson playing "Atari"
Joe on "Atari"
Joe low on "Atari"
Sideways pic of colin rickert on atari
colin rickert pulling off the ground on atari
finding the thumb catch is key beta
getting ready to throw for the lip
To throw or not to throw....
Just before hitting the lip, in suspended animatio...
When your hand hits the lip you will probably be a...
MatthewNM squeezin' for all he's worth
A moment shared between friends - Winston, Damon, ...
The ever popular Atari V6
That is the look of fear.
Photo by Blitzo.
Issaku Kohl on Atari
Me trying Atari
|By Tim Steele|
From: Bishop, CA.
Nov 25, 2007
what's the worst that could happen...
|By Colin R|
From: Ottawa, ON
May 20, 2012
Andy you make it look so smooth it hardly seems difficult or sketchy even. When I did it I remember totally sketching on each move until I hit the lip.
|By Reed Harvey|
Dec 4, 2012
My favorite line in the Tablelands! By FAR
Aug 11, 2013
rating: V5+ 6c+ R
1 - get the thumb in the pocket
2 - SMOOTH to the lip (do NOT trutch)
3 - have at least 2 spotters unless you're super solid at the grade
4 - harder if you are short