2014 Update: Blob Rock, Bitty Buttress, and all seasonal raptor closure areas on U.S. Forest Service land will be re-opened August 1, 2014 for climbing.
Each year, Boulder Canyon raptor nesting area closures are in effect starting February 1st through July 31st at Eagle Rock, Security Risk, Blob Rock, and Bitty Buttress. However, the area is monitored and closures are periodically lifted early (due to no active nest, nest site failure, or early fledging). This monitoring program is a partnership with the Forest Service Boulder Ranger District, Boulder Climbing Community, and Audubon Society. Check back periodically during times of closure for updates. More info at www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/arp/recreation.
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and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
Start about 50' up the gully from The Buzz, just right of a dark chimney. Lots of bolts but not as cushy as it looks. The first bolt allows you to safely clip the second and then pull through a crimpy boulder problem (.12b-ish). Another crux comes at the fourth bolt and then several more small, continuous moves take you past the steep stuff and onto a sloping ramp and a rest. A tricky move on a triangular face leads to a bulge with one more 5.11 move and then the anchor. Some useful beta: Bolts #5 and #6 get clipped from holds above the bolts so you're pulling up very little rope.
As with other routes in this alcove, it's deceptively steep.The route climbs much better than it looks--feeling longer than it is. Fun and sustained on a medley of holds.
Beta: Skip the 6th bolt and pull straight onto the slab above the 5th bolt. The 6th bolt is poorly located and guides you on a contrived yet harder sequence pulling onto the slab out left. Now that the route has been extended out the bulge at the finish, bring a couple of long draws as well.