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The Pollinator 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Polly Hall
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Submitted By: Pinklebear on Aug 9, 2002
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Getting into the crux.


Despite being the easiest-rated climb in the Arsenal, the Pollinator is a short, rude slap in the face if you're not in bouldering mode. Fairly popular, this route often has draws on it, and is about 60 yards right of the cave proper. It can be recognized by the strange tree near the wall and a huge (3-4 foot diameter) "resting" hole at mid-height, just under the cruxy roof/bulge section.

A low bolt gets you off the deck. Make fun moves on good pockets and slots to gain the hole. Slippery, greasy, weird, tenuous climbing takes you out to the lip of the roof, where a strange, greasy, funky, powerful pull gets you up to sharper rock and better holds. Amble up 5.6 rock to finish.

You wouldn't know it from the route's 12a rating, but it actually has a V15 crux!


8 draws.

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By Aeon Aki
Aug 12, 2007

If you send this thing, you're more than solid at .12a.

By 426
Apr 14, 2008
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a

Glad to hear that Aeon. I couldn't get my foot to stick over the lip on the 1/4" glass (on redpoint), so I had to double heel hook, ripping off one shoe in the process. Thank stars for the "easy" finish.

By Colin Lantz
From: Nederland, CO
Jul 27, 2012

The Polly-nator is Jim Hall's ex-wife. He bolted it for her as a present. She later divorced him. Connection? BTW - it's Pollinator, not Polly-nator.

By Dean Cool
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 4, 2013

Check to see if this route has draws to the top or just the lip. You may need to bring three extra draws with you. Typically the first 4-5 bolts are fixed. Will need one draw for the first bolt or stick clip the second.