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Hydroman 

YDS: 5.11a/b French: 6c Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 23 British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
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Submitted By: Justin Johnsen on Nov 18, 2011

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Description 

The historic first sport route to get bolted in Safe Harbor.

Little pockets, sometimes sharp, and just enough holds for fun, thoughtful climbing. Left-hand pocket used to get to the not-as-good-as-you'd-like horizontal near the top had a piece break off on Sunday. Was a little wet/dirty inside, and somewhat sharp, but usable. Crux was right at the top for us. My partner worked up the arete to the right and had a tricky step left to get to the anchors. I stayed in the corner, eventually getting a hand out/up left, then a heel to get settled. I then came up and right to the anchors.

Protection 

6 bolts to anchors.


Photos of Hydroman Slideshow Add Photo
Mental As Anything (left line), Hydroman (middle) ...
BETA PHOTO: Mental As Anything (left line), Hydroman (middle) ...
Mental As Anything (left line), Hydroman (middle) ...
BETA PHOTO: Mental As Anything (left line), Hydroman (middle) ...
A climber on top of Hydroman.
BETA PHOTO: A climber on top of Hydroman.
Baker rockin it out on Hydroman while Topher belay...
Baker rockin it out on Hydroman while Topher belay...

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By MojoMonkey
Nov 21, 2011

Little pockets, sometimes sharp, and just enough holds for fun, thoughtful climbing. Left-hand pocket used to get to the not-as-good-as-you'd-like horizontal near the top had a piece break off on Sunday. Was a little wet/dirty inside, and somewhat sharp, but usable. Crux was right at the top for us. My partner worked up the arete to the right and had a tricky step left to get to the anchors. I stayed in the corner, eventually getting a hand out/up left, then a heel to get settled. I then came up and right to the anchors.
By Seth Derr
From: harrisburg, pa
Dec 14, 2011

I honestly believe this line would be popular at any sport climbing destination anywhere. It's hard to believe it's on a railroad cut.
By Tyrel Fuller
From: Denver, CO
Dec 3, 2012
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

I have to disagree Seth, I think this route is one of the more overrated routes at Safe Harbor, both in terms of difficulty and quality.
By Seth Derr
From: harrisburg, pa
Feb 14, 2013

No disagreement about the grade being soft but i'm sticking by my story that it's a rad route.
By Tyrel Fuller
From: Denver, CO
May 22, 2013
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

When are you going to come out and climb with me on the Front Range?!?!
By Seth Derr
From: harrisburg, pa
Jul 11, 2013

My god i hope soon. Me and Levich are going to Indian Creek/Joes Valley/Wherever else we end up in March '14. I think the 15th to the 22nd. It'd be cool if you could make it out. Kelly's pics from the Voo were sick, looks like you guys had fun.

And just to keep things relevant; you can't give Hydroman .10d, it's not that hard. You're contradicting yourself. :) .11a all the way.
By ARMoss
Oct 20, 2013
rating: 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c

Finicky face moves up to the a ledge, then a few technical, powerful moves through the crux. The crux stumped me a few times before everything clicked and I cruised through it. Watch out for the ledge if you take a whipper near the top.
By Torren
Apr 6, 2015

I got on this for the first time yesterday. I felt the grade was pretty good. Most of the route went at 5.10 moves but that last bit right below the anchors was pretty tricky and felt 5.11ish. I think it feels easier since there is a no hands rest right below the crux.

Overall it was a pretty fun route so I think I'll add it to the rounds.
By gitarooman
May 2, 2015
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

I have to agree with Torren. Feels easy 11ish but would feel more difficult if there weren't a giant ledge to rest on just below the top crux. Managed to get the top crux two different ways - once with a big heel hook right off the arete and another just smearing/stemming up the corner. Had a good time, worth a run.
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