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Shaking the Pope's Hand 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Sport, TR, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Ellen Pomtier, 1993.
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Submitted By: Darin Lang on Jul 1, 2001

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Description 

This is an excellent, well-protected beginner lead and is just plain fun to do whenever you're there. Climb up the slab to the first bolt (probably the crux), and then follow easier ground past 3 more bolts to a water groove where the slab rears back to vertical. Move up the water groove on huge incuts (and a birdbath) to a two-bolt anchor.

Location 

Beginning from the right side of Mt. Boner, this is the second bolted route.

Protection 

6 or 7 QDs plus something for the anchor.


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Setting up top rope on Shake the Pope's Hand.
Setting up top rope on Shake the Pope's Hand.
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Peter halfway up Shaking the Pope's Hand.
Peter halfway up Shaking the Pope's Hand.
Starting out on Shaking the Pope's Hand.
Starting out on Shaking the Pope's Hand.
Brittany gives a wet thumbs up after dipping her fingers in the water and Shaking the Pope's Hand.
Brittany gives a wet thumbs up after dipping her f...
8 year old Brittany Whittern reaches for the sky on the way up to Shaking the Pope's Hand.
8 year old Brittany Whittern reaches for the sky o...
Peter Arcidiacono Pulling the final move on Shaking the Pope's Hand.
Peter Arcidiacono Pulling the final move on Shakin...
Brittany works out the face moves on her first 5.7 at age 8.
Brittany works out the face moves on her first 5.7...
Myself midway up "Shaking the Pope's Hand".
Myself midway up "Shaking the Pope's Hand&quo...

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By Michael Walker
From: Loveland, CO
Nov 2, 2001

The best route I think in the Mt Boner/Punk Rock area. [Hilariously] fun. But more like 5.7.
By Alex Hearn
Oct 1, 2002

This route is every bit of 3 stars, and a perfect example of 5.7 friction...
By Rob Migliore
Jun 25, 2004
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

This is about the worst 5.7 sport route I've done. [Awful] hands. Skip it.
By mebbing
From: Bend, Oregon
Aug 13, 2007

Ha ha. That's funny. I guess not everybody likes slab. Oh well. If you do, it's not any more difficult than 5.7, and it is quite fun. And it's much cooler in the summer up there than on the Flatirons. I like!
By Luis Barandiaran
From: Longmont, CO
Aug 13, 2007

What do they say about climbing? It's 10% forearms, 90% footwork. If you're rating this at 8+, then sounds like you need some laps on this. IMO, this is a stellar intro to 5.7 sport....
By Matt Richardson
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From: Longmont, CO
Oct 10, 2007

I don't know about best route - but how bizarre that someone would rate this a bomb...and 8+!? Could this possibly be a joke? It is a nice route for the area, but if your up for it, Smack the Cold Booty is a much nicer climb.
By Matt Roberts
From: Columbus, OH
Jun 16, 2012
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is a fun route but heady for us non-slabbers. The feet are there, and if you can't find hands, it's probably time to mantle.