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Lower Mound (western cluster of boulders)

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Lower Mound (western cluster of boulders)  

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BETA PHOTO: View of west cluster from the south at sunset


There are a few good problems on the balancing boulder, on the south, east, and north sides. The problems on the north side of the balancing boulder and the adjacent northern aspect of the big boulder (to the west) are hard and rather awkward - one has a wicked rockover that tweaked my meniscus. The south face of the big boulder is a nice place to end the day, particularly on cooler evenings, as it catches the last rays of sun.

Getting There 

This clump of boulders is separated from the upper clumps by a little saddle, with a wide hiking trail running through it (trail goes north-south). The major landmark which can be seen well from various vantage points is a large roundish boulder (about the size of a VW bus or minivan, depending on your vintage) that balances on a pedestal. There's a well-worn trail from the saddle that leads directly to the balancing boulder, and then to the big boulder beyond.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Mound (western cluster of boulders):
Dead Cat   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   
Africa   V2 5+     Boulder   
Bulge   V3 6A     Boulder   
Balancing boulder problem   V3 6A     Boulder   
The V4   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   
The Egg Shell   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   
Hung Like John   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   
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The super-cool problem on the south face of the balancing boulder (V3). Can be started by standing on the pedestal and underclinging the dark, disk-shaped blob with both hands, but it's even better to do the problem using only the balancing boulder itself. Start with both hands on the blob (there are chalked holds on the top left of the blob, and right in the middle of it - the climber's left hand is still on the start hold in this photo). Feet start out to the left. A big first move to the sloper (shown in photo), and then figure out how to get up from there. Various different sequences seem to work better for different people.

Balancing boulder problem V3 6A  NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : ... : Lower Mound (western cluste...
2 ways to do this problem. Either way, you start using the disk-shaped dark blob, about the size of a frisbee, at chest height.- Easier start uses the podium rock for feet. Start standing on it, with both hands underclinging the frisbee. Reach high to get onto the chalked sloper, match it, and work your way up from there. Some people move off the sloper with their right hand, others go up with their left.- Harder start avoids using the podium altogether, and only allows you to use the balancing ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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Highball on the east side of the balancing boulder (V1). Landing is flat, but pad starts to look small as you find your feet for the topout.
Highball on the east side of the balancing boulder...
Lisa C on The Cube Photo By Dan West
Lisa C on The Cube Photo By Dan West

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By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Feb 26, 2009
Everyone I know refers to this as Lower Mound.
By Jeremy Aslaksen
From: Albuquerque, NM
Jan 22, 2010
Where is Duran?

Johnny...give us some historical info.