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How high is a boulder problem
mikllaw
10/08/2013
8:24:37 AM
,,,before it is a solo?
I've been doing some nice problems at The Wedgie, pull overhang then up slab for 8m.

Now these problems get rapidly easier, but would they still be problems if the crux was at the top. Or if they were twice as high?
They were thrilling when i brushed the, as I climbed them, but are now easy work-shoe slabs. (There bolts at the top for a first-timer to toprope them)

IdratherbeclimbingM9
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10/08/2013
6:40:02 PM
On 10/08/2013 mikllaw wrote:
>How high is a boulder problem,,, before it is a solo?

>I've been doing some nice problems at The Wedgie, pull overhang then up slab for 8m.

>Now these problems get rapidly easier, but would they still be problems if the crux was at the top. Or if they were twice as high?

>They were thrilling when i brushed the, as I climbed them, but are now easy work-shoe slabs. (There bolts at the top for a first-timer to toprope them)

All boulder problems are just potential solos but often have an audience?

Re "would they still be problems".
Probably for those who's grades don't match their slab technique, so the height is irrelevant, ... other than the mental game that tends to align more closely with solo.

Regarding the fact that you found them initially 'thrilling, but later easy work-shoe slabs'; ... I would put that down to the familiarisation gained took the edge off the mental game involved for you, and then you no longer felt like you were soloing.
~> Go back and downclimb them to regain your edge!
;-)

Regarding 'toprope bolts'.
How will you feel, having now set a bolting precedent, when someone comes along and retros, renames, and regrades your solos, due to them not being safe enough to take the groundfall on leads?
☻ Heh, heh, heh.
mikllaw
10/08/2013
6:46:45 PM
On 10/08/2013 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>Regarding the fact that you found them initially 'thrilling, but later
>easy work-shoe slabs'; ...

No, thrilling because I was brushing as I went, which involved drifting filth onto every foothold I wanted to use. And getting dizzy from hyperventilating the dust off the slopes.

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