The French Are Here
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Juancho with the OS.
See Gravitations. The French Are Here tackles the bulge to the right of Gravitations via pockets and a gaston corner for one hand. The bulge is actually pulled on the left side. Big reaches on good hands lead into the gaston/corner. Pull around and over the bulge to very continuous 5.11d face climbing on greyish-colored stone. I thought that The French Are Here was a very nice line with a relentless series of upper 5.11 face moves following the bulge; I have yet to do it one push, and while I don't know how others experience this route, for me the difficulties arise mostly in the relentless forearm pump. The reaches and big muscle moves are all reasonable if you can detox the pump. Unlike some reach-dependent routes, on The French, the reach is all ape index, toe to tips distance confers little advantage while a peculiar genetic ancestry can be quite useful. This is an excellent line and very much worth solving.
Eight to ten draws and a rope.
Starting the upper face.
Juancho just beginning the OS.
|Comments on The French Are Here
|By Mark Eller|
Nov 6, 2001
I agree with Richard that this is an excellent route, but by my reckoning, it's extremely cruxy. If you get by the big lockoff from a nasty two-finger pocket, and a few more 5.12 moves that follow, there should be no problem getting to the anchors. The first few clips are easy. A good route for low-endurance bouldering fiends.
|By Dana Bartlett|
Nov 18, 2003
Just a great climb!!!
|By Joe Collins|
Mar 22, 2004
Awesome. I found the crux to be the section right after the bulge, moving past the third bolt.The bulge is a hard pull, but no harder than 12a in of itself. Pretty good whipper potential if you blow the end of the crux sequence getting to the 4th bolt.
|By Mike Anderson|
From: Dayton, OH
Mar 16, 2005
This is surely one of the best on Cactus Cliff, if not all of Shelf. It's certainly the best of the "harder" routes at Cactus that I have been on. I also found the route to be very cruxy. I passed the crux with a long reach off an extremely powerful undercling. There are a few more hard moves past this, then it eases considerably.
This route was bolted back in the 80's, so don't expect a bolt every 4 feet like the other Cactus Cliff routes.
|By Kaelen Willaims|
May 31, 2008
Owww!!! My tips were in a world of pain! The upper part is sharp. Felt easy for .12c.
|By Seth Finkelstein|
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 12, 2010
Awesome line. The third bolt is looking a little suspect; the left side of the bolt hole seems to be deteriorating in the standard Shelf manner. Cuidado.
|By Brandon Schirm|
From: colorado springs, co
Mar 1, 2010
The third bolt needs replaced, it is bent and someone tried to reinforce the bolt with glue. I will try to catch up with Bob D. and ask him if I can replace it.
From: Denver, CO
Dec 15, 2011
Anyone know if that third bolt has been replaced?
Edit: It hasn't yet. The third bolt looks like it was placed in at an angle, not bent. I also didn't see evidence of glue or any bolt deterioration.
Nov 25, 2012
Bolts are bomber. Soft for the grade.
|By Derek Lawrence|
Feb 20, 2013
Replaced the third bolt 2/16/13. As mentioned above, the bolt was not bent but was drilled at an angle. The rock around the bolt, however, was breaking up. See photo for before/after. Thanks to ASCA for the hardware!
| || |Before/after of crux bolt.
Submitted By: Derek Lawrence on Feb 20, 2013