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Foothills Bouldering

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Foothills Bouldering 


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Overview of boulder clusters. See separate section...

Description 

At the end of almost every street that deadends into the Sandia foothills on the east side of town there is a collection of established boulder problems. The most popular of these is U-mound at the end of Copper. There are also a good collection of problema at the end of Indian School, the Tram Terminal and the Juan Tabo PG which is on the way up to the La Luz trailhead. I believe that there are also several problems developed in Lower La Cueva Canyon.


Getting There 

Driving along Tramway Blvd, turn east and drive the roads till they end.


Climbing Season


173 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Foothills Bouldering:
Manatee trad traverse   V0+ 4+     Boulder   U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu...
Highball slab problem   V2 5+     Boulder   U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu...
Pizza Crack   V2 5+     Boulder   U-Mound : Backside of Upper Mound/ Wo...
Jelly Bean hand traverse   V2 5+     Boulder   U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu...
Wounded Knee   V2+ 5+     Boulder   U-Mound : Backside of Upper Mound/ Wo...
Knob Problem   V3 6A     Boulder   U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu...
Balancing boulder problem   V3 6A     Boulder   U-Mound : Lower Mound (western cluste...
Highball Knob Problem   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Three Gun (Tres Pistolas) : Trail Side Area 1
The OW   V4 6B     Boulder   U-Mound : Upper Mound - the corridor
The Murray Highball   V4 6B     Boulder, 18'   U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu...
Driftwood or Petrified Wood   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   U-Mound : Backside of Upper Mound/ Wo...
The Manatee   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 18'   U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu...
American Music   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Hawkwatch Trail : Rio Bravo boulder
Little Drummer Boy   V6 7A     Boulder, 16'   Simms Park (Elena Gallegos ... : Upper Simms
Driftwood direct start   V6-7 7A+     Boulder   U-Mound : Backside of Upper Mound/ Wo...
Corridor Problem   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   U-Mound : Upper Mound - the corridor
Valkyrie Fallen   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   Three Gun (Tres Pistolas) : The Westside
1/4" Minus   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Fat City, Indian School : Upper Fat City Drainage
The 10   V10 7C+     Boulder, 15'   Manitoba/Montgomery Trailhe... : The Particularly Nice One
Screaming Jihad   V12 8A+     Boulder, 20'   Three Gun (Tres Pistolas) : Screaming Jihad
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The Knobby

The Knobby V0 4  NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : ... : Upper Fat City Drainage
Since the Upper Fat City Drainage was once known as Embudo Canyon, site of nearly all early bouldering in the area, it seems appropriate to document one of the classic early problems. The Knobby lies in the center of the canyon about a hundred yards up from what used to be the parking lot (dam at the canyon constriction). It has a large black knob sticking out about ten feet up. Grab that knob & you're home free ......[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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