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The Ladder 

Hueco: V2 Font: 5+

   
Type:  Boulder, Alpine, 1 pitch, 10'
Consensus:  Hueco: V2 Font: 5+ [details]
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Jul 24, 2009

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Cruising up the ultra-fun Ladder.
The majority of these boulders are located within the Mt Evans Wilderness Area, which is regulated & patrolled by the US Forest Service. Climber MORE INFO >>>

Description 

The Ladder, aka Indian Ladder, is an excellent warmup in the Bierstadt Area. This southeast-facing problem is extremely popular, featuring big moves on huge holds. The problem is a bit harder than it looks, but once you figure out which part of each hold to grab, this line will feel much easier. Begin with a sit start in the bottom of the pit, with hands matched on the big sloper. Pop up to the first rail, and so on towards the top. The holds get much more positive after the long reach at mid-height, and the topout is relatively moderate.
There are numerous eliminates involving the small crimps on this wall. A stand start to this problem drops the grade to V0.


Location 

From Bierstadt, continue south through a narrow cleft between the Bierstadt Boulder & its neighbor. About 20 south of this cleft, the trail passes the Ladder, which begins from the pit on the right (N of the trail).


Protection 

~2 pads. The landing is mostly flat, but there is a sloping boulder on the left that is more of a psychological distraction than anything.



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Nearing the top of the Ladder.
Nearing the top of the Ladder.
The Ladder Boulder is the large, flat-topped boulder on the left.  The Ladder climbs the shaded face in front of the climber. <br /> <br />The two hanging aretes in the forground are Ben's Arete (the nearest arete) and Maker's Mark (the darker arete). <br /> <br />The towering boulder behind the climber is the Bierstadt boulder.  Timeline & Canvas climb the face shown here.
BETA PHOTO: The Ladder Boulder is the large, flat-topped bould...
Warming up on The Ladder.
Warming up on The Ladder.
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By Jason Kaplan
From: Glenwood ,Co
Aug 5, 2009

Wow! Timeline is V0+ but this is V2? and ohithians is V1? Dead on! I can do this one in my tennis shoes or mostly with out feet at all, no way can that be done on the other 2 but yet this is rated the hardest...
Something is wrong,
Ohithians used to be V3 and so was timeline. I don't see how they were downgraded but this wasn't.

By Monomaniac
Administrator
From: Morrison, CO
Aug 6, 2009

Sarcasm levels running a bit high don't you think Jason?

These grades are simply my opinion. If you disagree, you can vote for a different grade (if you don't know how to do that, PM me).

By Jason Kaplan
From: Glenwood ,Co
Aug 6, 2009

Yeah, please forgive me. I'm stuck in Ohio now and for the last week so I'm in a bit of a sour mood. Not to mention I've not had a good year for climbing in general, I guess. BTW, I know how to add my contribution. I've not been up there in over 2 or 3 years since it started to get popular, so I don't feel I should give a rating on anything at this point in time. I was just trying to state what I remembered hearing from others.

By Monomaniac
Administrator
From: Morrison, CO
Aug 7, 2009

No sweat, Jason. Get outta there as soon as you can!

By Chip Phillips
From: Broomfield, CO
Nov 4, 2009
rating: V1 5

FWIW, this problem was never referred to as "Indian Ladder" by the developers. Indian Ladder is at The Bog in the Poudre. Same developers.

By Kai Huang
From: Thornton, CO
Jun 25, 2010

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