||Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'
|Consensus: || Hueco: V0 Font: 4 [details]|
|FA: ||Tony Bubb|
|New Route: ||Yes|
|Page Views: ||173|
|Submitted By: ||Tony B on Oct 16, 2006|
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Location and description
This route lies at the S.E. toe of the Lost and Found Flatiron, at the lowest point of the ramp on its south side. A dark, pocketed, slightly-overhanging wall lies just behind a pine tree, perhaps 50 meters South along the base beyond the start of "Alan Nelson's Bulging Belly." While these routes both start on similar features, Paw Prints has no boulder at the base and is lacks the big flakes of grey lichen.
The route is named for the VERY COOL collections of pockets, many of which are clustered into geometric patterns and have geometric shapes. Many of these clusters have a center pocket with 4-5 "toes" surrounding it, giving the appearance of an only mildly distorted paw print. The similarity to the prints of cats, dogs, and bears could be distinctly identified in different clusters.
Find this wall and climb up a few moves into solid pockets. The first BIG pocket can be clasped as a side-pull from the entrance to it in each opposing side (as if it were a tunnel). Move up and right, then up and left to reach the lower angle rock above and pull onto the lower angle rock on sloping pockets (crux, 10 feet up).
The landing is soft, but sloper. The FA was done in approach shoes and without a spotter or pad. The V0 grade is meant only to designate that the problem/climb is not as hard as V1 (what, 11a?). It felt similar than the crux of the nearby "Alan Nelson's Bulging Belly," which is probably moderate 5.10.
To descend, reverse the problem (difficult) or traverse hard right, and down climb a easy slab on large holds.