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Monkey Dihedral 
Saigon Direct 

Saigon Boulder Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,400'
Location: 37.32944, -118.57548 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, John Robinson, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: AWinters on Sep 7, 2007

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Saigon Boulder east face. 'Saigon' on the left, '...


An impressive boulder perched high on the hillside featuring one of the best lines at the Buttermilks (Saigon) and numerous worthy warm-up highballs on the east face. If you think you can mantle, have a look at 'Fight Club' on the west face.

Warning: Downclimbing this boulder may be very difficult and scary for a beginner climber. You have two options: downclimb then jump off the north face onto pads, or downclimb one of the tall and exposed east face routes (v0-v1 R).

Getting There 

From the Peabody Parking Area, walk up the main trail past the Green Wall Boulder. From here the Saigon Boulder can be seen as the highest boulder on the hill. The route 'Saigon' will be the gently overhanging arete/prow on the right (southeast) side of the boulder.

Climbing Season

For the Buttermilks Main area.

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Saigon Boulder

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Saigon Boulder:
Monkey Dihedral   V2 5+     Boulder, 17'   
Saigon   V6 7A     Boulder, 22'   
Saigon Direct   V8-9 7B+ PG13     Boulder, 25'   
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Featured Route For Saigon Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Saigon Direct.

Saigon Direct V8-9 7B+ PG13  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Saigon Boulder
Though not quite as classic as Saigon, this worthy line avoids the punchy Saigon crux via a direct line of holds to the left that lead to a traverse back right into the Saigon finish. In some way it seems easier than Saigon but maybe it's because I'm short. In any case, start as for Saigon. Instead of getting the left hand pinch/sidepull and heading right, move straight up from here via a couple of possible sequences to a high pinch/edge. This is where you start to feel the air beneath you a bit...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Saigon Boulder aka Monkey Boulder. Photo by Blitzo...
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