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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

Description 

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',5],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',5],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',2],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',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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Photos of Lower Mound (western cluster of boulders) Slideshow Add Photo
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
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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.