Mecca Boulder Area
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|Location: ||38.8909, -108.5058 View Map Incorrect?
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|Submitted By: ||Hoez on Jan 10, 2010|
BETA PHOTO: Mecca overview. Version 1.3. The Blue Moon area ...
::AREA IN PROGRESS::
This area is an attempt at getting most of the great problems in this area up on this site. I am aware of the long bouldering history this canyon has - and will do my best to give proper credit to whom it belongs, too. Nevertheless, I probably will make some mistakes along the way. It's a work in progress - the knowledge of FAs and route names around here is harder to obtain than that next grade level we all strive to achieve.
This area can be found further past the bone park area by a few miles. Come up and around a bend to a large pulloff - the main area can be found heading past the tourist info signs and what not - through the green gate (make sure to close as ranchers have cows grazing in this area) and down and over the small creek - coming up on the other side on a large path to follow that heads North/South respectively.
Weather station 15.8 miles from here
288 Total Routes
['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',107],['2 Stars',150],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',0]
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Full Torque V4 6B CO
: Grand Junction Area
: ... : Stronger Than Water Boulder
Full Torque is fun, the rock is good, and the problem climbs an awesome looking feature! Stand start with both hands on two side-pulls at chest height, and feet smeared as high as possible. From there, make a large dyno up the overhang to the lip. At the lip, throw a heel over and top it out. A definite one-move wonder, it's tough to put an opinion on the grade and quality on this one....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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BETA PHOTO: A portion of the Mecca area. 1. Gunny Gold. 2. Hu...
I think that 5.5 mile refers to distance from the ...
The pulloff from the road.
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BETA PHOTO: Hidden, classic beauty.
By Matt Lisenby
Jan 18, 2010
When we started going out to this area, in the mid '90s, we ended up calling it Mecca because we kept returning to it. At that time, there was no cattle fencing in place at the parking area and the "Overlook" interpretive signage was faded & unreadable. It sometimes gets called the "Green-gate" and "Overlook" area for obvious reasons. As is often the case, only a couple of the most obvious lines looked like they had ever been climbed before. We had it all to ourselves. Unaweep bouldering history is very difficult to track and after a couple of years of no traffic, many climbs feel like first ascents. I've posted some photos and pictures of some of our early development, with ratings that we accepted at the time. There is WAY more in the area that what is posted here, and wandering around Unaweep "discovering" boulders is the best way to experience it anyway. Be careful with the edges, especially after rain/show, don't chip/enhance & respect the solitude and unspoiled setting that we have the privilege of experiencing.
Feb 21, 2010
I have, over the last nine years, bouldered extensively in this area and it holds a special place in my heart. There have been obivous sings (chipped rock, heavy chalk, stacked boulders) that people have been coming here off and on. As with any climbing area to those who visit, please respect the rock for future generations to enjoy. As Matt has said "many climbs feel like first ascents" chances are they have already been done. Also please respect the desert, it is as fragile as the rock. I have to disagree with Matt that it is best to "wandering around Unaweep 'discovering' boulders." This area is very rugged and at times unforgiving as well as fragile, if someone sees new foot prints they will follow them, even if it leads to nowhere. During the summer months, it is easy for the area to go weeks without rain fall, leaving footprints in the soil that can last a lifetime. I will reiterate the basic climbing ethics, DON'T BREAK THE ROCK. Someday I want to take my kids here and let them experience the "many climbs (that) feel like first ascents" just as I do now when I return to vist a place once home.