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Chinese Algebra Area  

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Location: 38.8909, -108.5058 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Hoez on Jan 10, 2010
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BETA PHOTO: Chinese Algebra overview.

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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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 15.8 miles from here

239 Total Routes

['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',81],['2 Stars',126],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',2]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chinese Algebra Area:
Heave Out & Trice Up   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 10'   Other Side Of Road... : U.S.S. Boulder
Dakota Concrete   V1 5     Boulder, 13'   The Pink Floyd Area : Megalomania Block
Post War Dream   V2 5+     Boulder   The Pink Floyd Area : Main Boulder
Cold Shower   V2 5+     Boulder, 13'   The Pink Floyd Area : Megalomania Block
Full Torque   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Other Side Of Road... : Stronger Than Water Boulder
Chinese Algebra   V5 6C     Boulder   Chinese Algebra Boulder
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Featured Route For Chinese Algebra Area
Eyeing the right hand crimp on Wow Signal.

Wow Signal V3 6A  CO : Grand Junction area : ... : Clevis Rock
Wow Signal ascends perfect rock over a good landing by compressing a blunt, slightly overhung arete.Stand start with a left hand pinch, a right hand undercling, and a left foot edge. From there, pop off the ground with the right foot to a diagonal jug that doubles as a pinch. At that point, work the left hand to a crimp, paste a high right foot, gain a right hand crimp (crux), then bump the left up to the lip, work slightly right, and top it out. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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1. Gunny Gold. 2. Hueco. 3. Moby Dick. 4. Chinese Algebra. 5. Relay. 6. Vonnegut. 7. Birdhouse. 8. Beaver Dam. 9. Nebulizer.
BETA PHOTO: 1. Gunny Gold. 2. Hueco. 3. Moby Dick. 4. Chinese ...
I think that 5.5 mile refers to distance from the cattle guard at the entrance of the mouth of the canyon . . . maybe.
I think that 5.5 mile refers to distance from the ...
The pulloff from the road.
The pulloff from the road.
Soft ass V6, Blubber....
Soft ass V6, Blubber....
Crack on a block in a corridor between two blocks. Probably about V0. Looks like 30ft in the picture, but really only about 10ft. Several similar cracks exist on the same block.
BETA PHOTO: Crack on a block in a corridor between two blocks....
Hidden, classic beauty.
BETA PHOTO: Hidden, classic beauty.

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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.
By Jakekasper
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.