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Slow Stepper

This route is located in the Natural Bridge Region at The Zoo

Hammerhead (Open project)

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Eager Beaver 5.12c (Sport) ****

First Ascent: Andrew Gearing, Dustin Stephens in 2014
Length: 90ft
Bolts: 10 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Start off a boulder 25' left of Hammerhead, just past a crack. Crimp hard down low to haul crazy jugs above. A couple of long draws help reduce drag.
Moves: unknown
Descent: Bolt anchors
Stays Dry:
Owner: Private
bouldery (1) classic (1) dynamic (1)
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4.71 stars (14 votes)
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5.12d (14 votes)

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Submitted by: rjackson
Date: Jun 28th, 2021

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Date: May 13th, 2017

Submitted by: Raiden
Date: Sep 4th, 2014

Submitted by: Raiden
Date: Sep 4th, 2014


Anonymous said on July 7th, 2014
Wow! Amazing route. Get on this. Thanks for putting this one up. -Steve
dustonian said on July 9th, 2014
Nice work on the quick repeat Sandmann!
zdordai said on August 15th, 2014
in a word, incredible. i hung some standard draws on the first bolt and last 4 bolts so this whole thing is hung up. get on it! easily one of the best climbs in the instant classic. think midnight surf but way, way more interesting. thanks again dustin!!
dustonian said on August 15th, 2014
Glad you liked it! Andrew really spotted the line, I just poked some holes in it.
zdordai said on August 21st, 2014
well thanks to both of ya then. i mixed the last two draws up; the one on the last bolt should be on the second to last bolt and vice versa. it probably doesn't matter all that much but having a short draw at the leftward traverse section before the ramp kinda pulls the rope line a little to the left.
JR said on November 9th, 2015
How do you do the last bolt to the anchors?
Anonymous said on November 9th, 2015
JR said on November 10th, 2015
That is too bad...I really like the bottom of the route. O well. Getting to the first bolt is one of the nicest boulder problems I have been on at the Red. Then it gradually turns to shit.
Anonymous said on November 10th, 2015
You are such a fucking tool
heavyc said on December 16th, 2015
awesome route, but is it safe to fall between the second to last and last bolt?
slander said on September 26th, 2016
Fantastic, but this route does not fuck around. Bring your A game. (or better yet your c/d game)
Anonymous said on November 27th, 2017
Don't be scared away by the dyno at the top. I found some cheeky static beta for us shorties using an unchalked (as of late Nov 2017) undercling out right.
pumpout2004 said on April 28th, 2019
Burly route! Requires the full skill toolbox. Balancy boulder, jug hauling, vert techy-ness...and jumping?!?!