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Roar of the Cowardly Lion

This route is located in the Natural Bridge Region at Lady Slipper - Emerald City


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The Bulge 5.12a (Sport) **

First Ascent: Nick Cocciolone, Eric Szczukowski in 1992
Length: 45ft
Bolts: 5 (report bad bolts/anchors)

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Walk 75 feet right of The Shining to a bolted line with a large bulge at the top. Boulder the start and continue to the anchors.
Moves: Bouldery or Technical
Descent: Cold shuts
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS

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2.61 stars (18 votes)
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5.12a (16 votes)

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Roentgen Ray said on March 1st, 2005
It's worth enduring the choss sandy finish for the fun moves at the beginning.
RRO said on June 14th, 2005
great route, should have 2 stars. fun techy thin moves at the beginning and some sporty run out on easy ground up top. a good diversion to the left right overhanging pocket pulling routes.
Sco Bro said on December 5th, 2005
Some of the best 30 feet of climbing at Emerald City, which is followed by the worst 20 feet in the Gorge. If you think you might screw up pulling a 5.7 move, and thus fall 20 feet, you can place a #2, or maybe a #3, in the flake between bolt 3 and 4. This climb is fun, fun, fun; at least the first half.
Saxman said on November 23rd, 2010
Definitely worth overlooking the finish to do the bottom half.
Cromper said on November 2nd, 2011
Fun bottom, horribly dirty chossy top. Worth doing I guess. Rap off the anchors, they are a rope twisting machine.
Catawaba said on March 20th, 2017
Looked at getting on this, but the condition of the bolts sketched me out
Anonymous said on March 20th, 2017
Please report with details to Condition pictures help!
DrRockso said on April 29th, 2020
This route has been equipped with SS Glue-Ins, and the hardware is in excellent shape. It looks like they kept the original bolting so bring a cam if runouts on sandy rock sketch you out.