Fountain Lip Traverse
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Mike B moving through the parallel seams.
This beautiful arete is an outstanding problem with interesting movement, nice aestethics, and just the right amount of puckerup factor. On top of all this, the landing is flat and easy to protect.
Begin in the pod on the far left side of the boulder. Traverse right surfing through parallel seams housing a variety of veiled crimps and finger slots. Exit on an obvious system of crimps and pockets before your body is over the slab on the adjacent boulder.
The lower you stay on the parallel seams, the greater the difficulty tends to be.
This is on the west face of the overhanging Fountain Lip Boulder shared with Cave Direct.
1 pad with a spotter OR 2 pads with an optional spotter.
Ryan crimping one of the holds on the seam.
From: Golden, CO
Mar 6, 2011
rating: V4 6B
This is a great problem. I thought it was closer to V4 than V3, but I stayed pretty low the whole time, too. Regardless, this thing is classic.
By David McAllister
From: Denver, CO
Apr 22, 2012
I'm not sure if this has been done before (probably), but we added a lengthy extension to this today. From the beginning of the traverse, walk left around the corner and all the way left to the end of the boulder. There is a tree just behind your right shoulder for the sit-start. Put your left hand in a sharp slot, right hand on a sloping palm hold. Toss right to a really cool sloping shelf, match, set feet, and toss to a big slap. Set your feet really well on a good foot just above the ground, and turn the corner. A couple more easy moves lead to a good rest before dropping into the beginning of the lip traverse. Really quality, pumpy extension. Probably bumps the grade to V4/5, but I dunno. In any case, it's a blast and a helluva way to warm up! Enjoy!