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Sad Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,300'
Location: 37.4176, -118.43277 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tim Steele on Nov 25, 2007

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Eric Wolff gives Los Locos a go. Photo: Sulli


Bishop Tuff boulders like the Happy Boulders, but can be cooler in spots due to the narrow, catacomb-like channels and caves. The area has a dense collection of problems, but caters more to climbers in the V6 - V10 range than the neighboring Happy Boulders, though some easier classics, such as China Doll (V0) and 'Still Life' (V3) do exist.

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Getting There 

From Bishop take road 6 North. Left on Five Bridges Road. Left again on Chalk Bluff Road. Park in pullout on your left after about a mile. The Sads can also be approached from Casa Diablo Road, but the parking lot at the top of the canyon is small and parking off road is highly discouraged by the BLM.

Rock Climbing Photo: Sad Boulders.  from the top of the approach lookin...
Sad Boulders. from the top of the approach looking back towards the parking area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

191 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',51],['2 Stars',71],['1 Star',55],['Bomb',3]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sad Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sad Boulders:
China Doll   V0 4     Boulder, 18'   Molly Area
The Groove   V0 4     Boulder, 12'   Misery Area : Flake Boulder
The Black Stuff   V1 5 PG13     Boulder, 15'   Misery Area : Misery Cave
Prozac Nation   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Prozac Nation Bluffs : Prozac Nation Boulder
Professional Widow   V4- 6B     Boulder, 18'   Kindergarten Area : Tim's Highball Boulder
Whiskey, Beer and Splif Hits for Breakfast   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Kindergarten Area : Rim Job Boulder
The Fang   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Sad Parrot Area : The Bird Cage Boulder
Mothership Connection   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Ice Caves
Molly Dyno   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 7'   Molly Area
Chizam   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Ice Caves
Fueled By Hate   V5 6C     Boulder, 8'   Ice Caves
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)   V5 6C     Boulder, 18'   Strength in Numbers Area
Molly   V5 6C     Boulder, 13'   Molly Area
Anti-Hero   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Death Star Cave
French Press   V6 7A     Boulder   Misery Area : Misery Cave
Rio's Crack   V6+ 7A     Boulder, 15'   Rio's Crack Area
Los Locos   V7 7A+     Boulder, 25'   Los Locos Area
Lawnmower Man   V7 7A+     Boulder, 18'   Los Locos Area
Pow Pow   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 10'   Pow Pow Area : Pow Pow Alcove
Beefcake   V10 7C+     Boulder, 14'   Ice Caves
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Featured Route For Sad Boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: Andy Coleman sending Pow Pow

Pow Pow V7-8 7B  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Pow Pow Alcove
Start either sitting or standing and reach out the overhang to do the standard cross-over/under sequence, et al. Harder if you're shorter. Requires core. Really fun. Git 'er done! ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Sad Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: back of the sads near the ice caves
back of the sads near the ice caves
Rock Climbing Photo: Sad Pockets
Sad Pockets
Rock Climbing Photo: Sad Rock
Sad Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Sad Boulders.  from the top of the approach lookin...
Sad Boulders. from the top of the approach lookin...

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By GhaMby
From: Heaven
Apr 2, 2012
BLM would prefer if NOONE used the upper parking lot. I would rather hike in from the bottom since it is faster than the drive around and less wear on my car.
By splitclimber
Jun 14, 2012
yeah, i hate pulling up at the bottom thinking no one is out in the sad's, then see tons of people and realize they all come in from the top. fooey.

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