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Kill Hill Bouldering Area  

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Location: 38.50578, -106.95186 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Terry Fisher on Aug 4, 2002
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Topping out on the V3, Water Groove, a classic Har...


Great bouldering on a pretty rough granite. All kinds of routes exist in the park ranging from slabs to cracks to face climbs. Potential for new routes abound in the park with literally thousands of boulders spread across a 25 square mile park. Many of these are the loose, scaley variety, but great rock is still being discovered.

Getting There 

It is hard to give exact directions to the bouldering in Hartmans Rocks since it is very spread out. However the locals favorite is located around the parking aread at the top of the hill. After crossing the cattle guard you can either part thefirst parking area on the right or take the next right and park at the area there. The boulders at the top are pretty obvious and several routes exist. If you park at the second parking area look down the hill towards the north- north west and you will see several clusters of boulders down the hill. This is another very popular area host to routes in almost every level.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Kill Hill Bouldering Area:
Water Groove   V3 6A R     Boulder, 20'   Water Groove Area (top of K...
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Featured Route For Kill Hill Bouldering Area
Water Groove.

Water Groove V3 6A CO : Gunnison : ... : Water Groove Area (top of K...
At the top of Kill Hill, park in the first area on the right after the cattle guard. You will see two grouping of rock, one to the right and the other to the left. Water Groove is located on the southwest corner of the right grouping. It basically looks like an egg balancing tip down on some rocks. A water groove ascends the south corner in an obvious well.. water groove. Good luck. I have yet to put this one together....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Anonymous Coward
Aug 8, 2002
Where is this area located, and what kind of stuff are we talking about? Is this all an undeveloped area with lots of room and potential (read uncleaned/unclimbed lines)? Is this area all V9+, or are there moderates? Do you need extra pads, brushes, etc.? Thanks for the help.
By Terry Fisher
Aug 17, 2002
Hartman's Rocks is located outside of Gunnison, Colorado. Directions to the park can be found at the first page for Hartman's Rocks on this site, and the bouldering is located at the top of the hill as the directions suggest. Climbers have been climbing here for about twenty or so years so there are many established problems, but because of the sheer number of rocks and boulders in the park, new lines can be put up daily if you are willing to do a little exploring. I am a fairly moderate climber and I totally enjoy bouldering here in the V0-V4 range; however, if you are looking for stuff harder than that there are many problems for you too. For most of the problems here, a crashpad and a spot are recommended, but I would not say required just use your good judgment. There are no regulations on chalk use or cleaning of any routes; however, since the rock can at times be scally be careful of what gets "cleaned." This is a great place to come due to free camping and local amenities all of which are described in the opening page for this area. If you see any locals out climbing, feel free to ask any questions you have about this area, the local climbing group is a pretty cool lot. Any more questions feel free...
By Eddie Bruzdzinski
Sep 2, 2002
The bouldering here has good potential, although a visitor of the area may be better off at some of the developed areas (Lost Canyon north of town, or Skyland in CB). There is a book for these areas that you will find in town, called Bouldering in the G spot.
By Anonymous Coward
Oct 7, 2003
Gunnison locals have informed me of a bouldering guide to Hartman's. I haven't checked it out. I would guess it is a thin paper back, and easy on the wallet.
By Terry Fisher
Mar 3, 2004
The bouldering guide mentioned above was put on the market by me and a buddy Michael Roper. It can be picked up at All Sports Replay and runs about 8 bucks....Let me know what you think.
By Luke
Sep 20, 2004
The guidebook, I thought as someone who has been climbing at Hartmans for 5+ years was very poor and not researched at all. don't waste your money. my 2 centsLuke A. Mehall
By Anonymous Coward
Apr 16, 2005
Hartman's has a lot of potential, but the main turn off for me, is slabby Joshua Tree like rock. You won't find a lot of holds at all on anything above a 5.10. The other issue with developing Hartman's, is Taylor Canyon, Skyland and other areas towards Crested Butte offer 5 star quality rock, with great routes. I haven't checked out the guidebook on Hartman's yet, but I will this summer.
By Jorge Calhoun
Apr 17, 2005

Who put out this guidebook? Ryan C. put one together when he was busy developing out there. This would be a very tricky area to find your way around with out good beta. Besides, stay away, who likes v2 slabs anyway?

Captain Insano and White Lightning rule. Hartman's does not contain the steady recipe for pad people success, too much effort for too little reward. A great place to wander around Erie in college and claim the 5th 1st ascent of some problem climbed 20 years ago.
By Taylor Haring
From: Bozeman, MT
Nov 7, 2005
I work at All Sport's Replay, and my boss, Andy, gave me a copy of Uknown, the bouldering guide to Hartman's. It's Terry Fisher's book and it's pretty damn extensive, it covers pretty much every route. Though a couple of my favorites aren't there, but like i said, most are there.
By ropeless420
From: evergreen , co.
May 6, 2006
Hey, Luke, sorry the guide wasn't up to your standards, you try and make one next time. To everyone, it's just a guide. Use it or don't, it was just fun to try and write down a little of bouldering history in Gunnison.
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