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Lower Mound (western cluster of boulders)

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Lower Mound (western cluster of boulders) Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Dave Wachter on Feb 26, 2009
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Highball on the east side of the balancing boulder...


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

For the U-Mound area.

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Mound (western cluster of boulders)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Mound (western cluster of boulders):
Dead Cat   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   
Africa   V2 5+     Boulder   
Balancing boulder problem   V3 6A     Boulder   
Bulge   V3 6A     Boulder   
The V4   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 15'   
The Egg Shell   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   
Hung Like John   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   
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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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Rock Climbing Photo: Lisa C on The Cube Photo By Dan West
Lisa C on The Cube Photo By Dan West
Rock Climbing Photo: View of west cluster from the south at sunset
BETA PHOTO: View of west cluster from the south at sunset

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By LeeAB
From: ABQ, NM
Feb 26, 2009
Everyone I know refers to this as Lower Mound.

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