Unknown Ear Route aka Smallville
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BETA PHOTO: Smallville after starting on Californication
This is a route that starts on funky terrain but ascends a brief, interesting, crux past an "ear" of sorts. If you stretch, it's sort of reminiscent of a mini "ear" pitch on Primrose.
This has a weird start with a bolt before you start, bolt on a block, then you move right on funky, crumbly terrain with rock scars. Go up to a black (rappable) hanger below an overlap. Two choices, try the funky hand jam / gaston under the ear (brutish and scrunched) or the more improbable looking palm smearing of the outside of the ear. Finish at a 2 bolt anchor with Mussy hooks. Oddly, there are 2 bolts with no hangers just left of the anchor.
This had been given a name within the database, but someone has deleted it. Now others have provided a name, Smallville. This may have been climbed in the 1980s by Ed Ash.
This is on the right side of the northwest aspect of this crag ascending an "ear"-like feature.
|Comments on Unknown Ear Route aka Smallville
|By rob bauer|
From: Golden, CO
Jul 11, 2010
I thought this was fun. (I started in the alcove, climbed the face and small rt facing dihedral.) Couple of hand jams, an arm bar and then outside to the diagonal crack and up. If nobody had been on the next route to the right, I'd have probably gone to those anchors, but up and left worked fine with a directional cam (.4 or .5) at the ledge.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jul 22, 2010
Not so great, honestly. I can't say as if I thought it was a good route. It was awkward on 2 ascents, but never challenging in a good way.
|By Mark Roth|
Aug 18, 2011
The ear reminded me of Lumpy and was pretty hard for a warm up.... First I tried to jam and chimney behind it, but it was easier to just layback on the outside.