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New Routes Right of Zoe, Murrin Park.

Post by smallman » Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:34 am

With this nice stretch of weather this weekend, Kevin Henshaw and I (Chris Small) were able to complete two new routes directly to the right of Zoe at Murrin Park.

Staples of the Gluten Intolerant (10 b/c?). Sport. (7 bolts) - 24m. Chris Small, Kevin Henshaw. March 24, 2012. Partially follows line of previously chopped staples (first three bolts). Starts directly right of Zoe going up a dihedral for 4 m before diverging left up a steep vertical face which leads into a technical shallow corner and finishing through a series of right slanting ledges. Probably equal in quality to Zoe but needs onsight consensus on the grade and quality rating.

In the Firing Line (10 b/c?). Mixed. 3 bolts - gear to 1" (doubles of 1" and 0.3" required) 26m. Chris Small, Kevin Henshaw. March 25, 2012. Proceeds up shallow right facing dihedral to a series of two small roofs which is then followed by short stretch of steep technical face climbing and finishing on series of right slanting ledges. Again probably close to Zoe in quality but again needs a consensus onsight grade.

The bottom corner of In the Firing Line is still a bit dirty. I was pushing a lot of mud cleaning the bottom corner. I hope to have it fully ready in the next week especially if we get a big dump of rain.

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Re: New Routes Right of Zoe, Murrin Park.

Post by squamish climber » Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:02 am

Nicely done Chris and Kevin. Sounds great. Any photos or topos
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Re: New Routes Right of Zoe, Murrin Park.

Post by dakine » Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:59 pm

Cool! i warmed up on Zoe last sunday on the way to the Pet and was wondering about the new development. Looking forward to giving them a burn.
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Re: New Routes Right of Zoe, Murrin Park.

Post by rolfr » Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:13 pm

Is Staples ...... a new independent route or just a cleaned up version of Robin's chopped route?

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Re: New Routes Right of Zoe, Murrin Park.

Post by smallman » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:33 pm

I finished cleaning the bottom corner of the firing line today. It should be sparkly clean now.

@ Rolf: Staples follows what was the first three bolts of the chopped line, from which it diverges left independently.

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Re: New Routes Right of Zoe, Murrin Park.

Post by 5.4 Slayer » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:21 pm

We climbed Staples and Firing Line today. Both good quality routes. I'd say Staples was maybe 10b and Firing Line 10a. I thought it was a very easy, non stressful lead with great gear... and I haven't led gear in a couple of years.

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Post by dakine » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:50 pm

I agree with 5.4 Slayer on the grading. I enjoyed the routes they are a nice addition to Zoe.
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Re: New Routes Right of Zoe, Murrin Park.

Post by MarkR » Wed May 09, 2012 3:53 pm

Staples was great fun! Thanks for cleaning it up.

The staple scars are pretty severe, can anyone who knows how to patch up granite take some glue with them next time you go?

(Or tell me how to do it so I can?)

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Re: New Routes Right of Zoe, Murrin Park.

Post by slhughes » Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:14 pm

heh chris. i climbed these two routes today, both good, especially the corner. however, the top two bolts on staples should be removed. i think it's an extremely poor precedent to bolt less than a foot away from absolute bomber gear in bomber squamish granite. it's odd that you bolted the corner in respect to its natural protection and not staples.

i am posting this publicly and not messaging you directly because the climbing community need to be aware and take part in discussion.

if i had my camera i would have photographed the prim and proud shiny new bolt like a bloated privileged teenager, standing right next to the dependable workhorse of a purple camalot buried into a crack, its lobes snug and tight. a sad and needless thing.

sorry about this rather vulgar public stance on these silly ethics i am trumpeting chris, but y'know, those bolts are crass and detract from a very worthwhile and well cleaned route.

cheers, stewart

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Re: New Routes Right of Zoe, Murrin Park.

Post by Optimally-Primed » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:45 am

Stewart,
I think you raised this issue in a thoughtful and respectful way... which is a rarity when it comes to bolt issues. When it comes to protection, I tend to be rather liberal. That said, I do think that there is such a thing as too many bolts. To anyone thinking of placing a bolt, I urge you to spend a good 5 minutes thinking hard about it first. Is it needed? Is there good gear nearby? Can a short climber clip it from a stance? Etc. Think thrice, drill once (or not at all).
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Re: New Routes Right of Zoe, Murrin Park.

Post by smallman » Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:31 pm

@ stewart: Both Kevin and I had the same internal and external debate regarding placement of these bolts when cleaning and setting Staples. And we thought long and hard before placing those two bolts. Here is our rationale for placing them.

1) The rest of the routes in the immediate vicinity have been developed as sport routes despite having ample gear. I have climbed Zoe primarily with trad gear bypassing the majority of the bolts especially through top overhang. Yet in all times I have climbed at the Zoe wall I have never seen anyone else place trad gear on it or complain about the bolts on it. This indicated to us an prevailing acceptance that the Zoe cliff is a "sport cliff". In fact this ethic seems prevalent in much of Murrin Park with areas that were climbed traditionally originally being retrobolted - ie). Pleasant Pheasant, No Name Road. I have not heard anyone advocating chopping Pleasant Pheasant.

2) One of our primary reasons of developing these routes was to provide a second and third option "moderate" grade route to alleviate the congestion on Zoe, which seems to be utilized by many moderate sport climbers as a break through route to leading in the 10s or as a "warm - up" route for those who are more hardcore heading to the Pet or elsewhere.

3) And finally in the twenty plus years I have climbed in primarily North American locales I have noticed that while trad climbers will readily clip the occasional bolt, sport climbers tend to be averse to making one or two gear placements. I don't know if this has resulted from the increased "specialization" of the climbing community into sub-genres or is just a societal shift from generalist skill set development. Anyway, whatever the cause, I have noticed mixed "sport plus" routes having one or two placement seem to lack popularity and are disused and consequently quickly return to a natural vegetated state. I have had vigourous debates with numerous climbing friends and foes on the subject of sport + routes and the majority consensus seems to advocate bolting where only one or two placements exist. In fact in the majority of routes I have developed I have taken the harder traditionalist line and been harshly criticized for it.

Route development takes crap loads of hard labour (especially in Squamish) and cash. Because of this, I would rather have my efforts climbed and enjoyed versus rapidly languishing into natural jungle-ness. I also consider route development as a mechanism to give back to the community and activity I have enjoyed for most of my adult life. I derive great satisfaction in having people enjoy climbing the routes I have established. I also find a highly creative element in new route development and consider my routes like pieces of "art" I am uncovering and taking public. I would liken it to the graffiti artists/vandals (depending on your perspective and taste) painting every conceivable surface in this town to publicly show their "art" instead of it moldering away in someone's home or a dusty gallery. There seems to be a myriad of tastes in art also.

Anyway, this was our route development rationale. I am interested to hear other opinions beyond Stew and Jer's on the subject of gear and sport plus routes.

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Re: New Routes Right of Zoe, Murrin Park.

Post by timelessbeing » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:37 pm

It's a difficult decision, and I think every bluff needs individual consideration. You can't apply the rule "only bolt if there's no natural pro" everywhere, because you'll restrict all those who can't afford to buy a $1K+ rack to slab. In contrast, bolting is not discriminatory because trad still remains an option.

For me, sport climbing is at home on the crags. Crags are recreational. It's where you go to play/practice because standing at the summit of Zoe wall isn't exactly a goal. Trad, in my mind, was always the "real thing". It's what you do when you want to climb real mountains in the wilderness, not developed routes.

On the other hand, you can't go bolt happy all over Squish. The chief is the closest thing to an alpine climb and should remain a trad mecca, as should a few other multipitch routes in the area. Overbolting is a concern where a rock face is also enjoyed by non-climbers ... hikers, kayakers, tourists etc. Nobody likes seeing shiny industrial looking hardware all over a naturally beautiful mountain or canyon.

There is a balance to be struck. If smallman says Zoe is a "sport cliff", then bolting isn't going against the spirit of the area.

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Post by slhughes » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:28 pm

heh chris. i think you justified your bolts quite well. however, the addition of firing line has bent the prevailing sport ethic of the zoe cliff. and it being the best of the moderate routes there, will likely see some traffic. so, y'know people are going to be there with some gear that they could use on staples.

i think your reasons for drilling those bolts are mostly sound and i agree about zoe, pleasant pheasant and the dozens of other routes that could be done on gear but are bolted, resulting in traffic (and congestion)so it's a bit daft singling your two bolts out. but, i think route developers need to think less about wrapping their routes in cotton wool, to encourage ascents.

the more cracks that are bolted, the more this becomes the prevailing style, the more the public will shy away from placing some gear.

chris, i know what your saying. but my vote is chop those top two. ok, that's the end of my talking head, it could just keep going on and on. stewart

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Post by hevyduty » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:40 am

Hi guys ,may i say i love the positive Vibe on this thread . 10 yrs ago i would have already bitched and chopped the bolts ! Now i do my own thing.In this new route BOOM era ,the routes have to be good and clean , weather it be a 5.5 a 5 13 rx trad line ,or killer Sport route. As i type this i know of at least 10 crews out there Cleaning,Drilling ,Digging,Scrubbing, working real hard to give all climbers of any grade , great new routes to climb when in Squamish
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Re: New Routes Right of Zoe, Murrin Park.

Post by jipstyle » Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:58 am

timelessbeing wrote:It's a difficult decision, and I think every bluff needs individual consideration. You can't apply the rule "only bolt if there's no natural pro" everywhere, because you'll restrict all those who can't afford to buy a $1K+ rack to slab.
Yes, you absolutely can and should apply that rule whenever possible. The cost of buying a trad rack should never be a consideration when placing bolts. That is ridiculous.

Climbing is not a right and does not need to be 'protected' for those who can afford a $200 rope, another $200 in draws, $150 shoes, $100 harness, chalk, etc etc. but not another $200 in various nuts and stoppers.

Slab climbing is far from the only option for sport climbers. Go to Chek and have a look around. Go to the Red River Gorge, or Smith, or Rifle. Sport climbs exist in abundance in areas that have a traditional ethic.

Should be encourage building lifts and gondolas into the backcountry to 'support' those who can afford to buy skis, boots, etc. but not AT skis and boots?

This argument is one of my pet peeves and I hope that it continues to get shot down as it has for decades now.

There are other arguments presented here and in other places for placing bolts near gear placements and those should be discussed on their own merits. Jeremy's work on Wire Tap is a great example.

However, in my opinion, if the crack next to the bolts discussed here holds solid placements .. the bolts should not have been placed. I put the 'if' in there because I have not yet climbed this route. I have a reason to do so now, though. ;)
In contrast, bolting is not discriminatory because trad still remains an option.
This is my second least-favorite argument. Please see Supertopo and rc.com for about 80 million conversations explaining why you're wrong.
For me, sport climbing is at home on the crags. Crags are recreational. It's where you go to play/practice because standing at the summit of Zoe wall isn't exactly a goal. Trad, in my mind, was always the "real thing". It's what you do when you want to climb real mountains in the wilderness, not developed routes.
How wonderfully selfish and short-sighted of you.

I recommend you go hop on a classic single-pitch trad lead like High Mountain Woody and come back here to tell us about your experience.
The chief is the closest thing to an alpine climb
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Overbolting is a concern where a rock face is also enjoyed by non-climbers ... hikers, kayakers, tourists etc. Nobody likes seeing shiny industrial looking hardware all over a naturally beautiful mountain or canyon.
Oddly, no one notices those bolts unless they are pointed out to them.
There is a balance to be struck. If smallman says Zoe is a "sport cliff", then bolting isn't going against the spirit of the area.
The balance exists. If natural protection exists, use it. This has been the ethic in Squamish for decades and it should remain.

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