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Sleeping Rock aka Sheep's Nose Bouldering

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Sleeping Rock aka Sheep's Nose Bouldering 


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Location: 39.13974, -105.19494 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: David Hodges on Apr 9, 2007
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Description 

Essentially at the base of the Sheep's Nose formation there are an abundance of wonderful boulders. I have spent some significant time working some of these problems and have only ever seen a handful of people around. This is probably not a year round location due to summers being extremely hot; however, I have bouldered here on sunny January days.

Edit:2/26/09 I have listed the boulders in a generic mode of A,B,etc. They may be listed as other names or numbers in other books. If anyone out there has any historical info on names and such I would be glad to update. Plus, I enjoy historical info on areas. Thanks!


Getting There 

Follow the directions to the Sheep's Nose formation. Once you turn right on Stump Rd., drive 1.8 miles to a dirt pullout on the right side of the road. This is just past a wash/dry creek bed with a fence running across it. There is also additional parking on the left side of the road directly across from the wash.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sleeping Rock aka Sheep's Nose Bouldering:
V3 aka Big Air   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Air Jordan Boulder
Left Arete   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Air Jordan Boulder
Air Jordan   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Air Jordan Boulder
Into Thin Air   V7 7A+     Boulder, 20'   Air Jordan Boulder
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Just off the sit start.

V3 aka Big Air V3 6A  CO : South Platte : ... : Air Jordan Boulder
The V3 is located on the right arete of the west face. Crux comes high on the topout. I find the throw from the crack to the bomber jug on the arete amazing. Edit: After climbing this again this spring I think the crux is actually the move out of the sit start and not the topout. Beta: From a crossed hands sit start make a fairly large move with your right hand and hit the crack on the right, then bump about 1' higher to the upper part of the crack. Sweet Moves!!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Sleeping Rock aka Sheep's Nose Bouldering Slideshow Add Photo
Stephen working on the Air Jordan boulder with an awesome view of Pike's Peak in the background.
Stephen working on the Air Jordan boulder with an ...
Thanking the Dino for another good day of bouldering.
Thanking the Dino for another good day of boulderi...
Tyson H.
Tyson H.
A tough problem called "Respect Your Elders" up the hill from the Big Air Boulder.  When the Springs locals used to do the annual competition, this was one of the harder problems.  V7-V8?
BETA PHOTO: A tough problem called "Respect Your Elders" up th...
The Dinosaur Head Boulder just entering the bouldering area.
The Dinosaur Head Boulder just entering the boulde...
Ahh yes, lots of rock.
Ahh yes, lots of rock.
Walk up the right side of the wash on a faint trail.
BETA PHOTO: Walk up the right side of the wash on a faint trai...
Another great day in the Platte.
Another great day in the Platte.
There is now a downed tree across the trail right where it heads up the hill.
BETA PHOTO: There is now a downed tree across the trail right ...
Studying sloper-science at the base of Sheep's Nose.
Studying sloper-science at the base of Sheep's Nos...
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By Stefan Doucette
Mar 9, 2008

I've also heard these boulders called the Dinosaur Head Boulders.

By Kevin McLaughlin
From: Colorado Springs
Feb 8, 2009

This area is called "Sleeping Rock" Named so , obviously for the little fellow snoozing just off of the trail on the way to the boulders . Many toprope anchors are found here. Lots of good problems as well . We used to hold a community camp out/ party/bouldering get together at this spot . A great place to get the locals together . The Springs has a good group of folks within .

By Christopher Jones
From: Denver, Colorado
Jul 22, 2010

This is one of the best bouldering spots in the Platte. A lot of problems very close together. There are a lot of problems and variations that have not been posted that are in the easy to moderate range. Have fun.

By Hans Hoffman
From: D'iberville, MS
Jun 5, 2011

Look... I love bouldering outdoors...but this is not the place to make a day trip out to. The quality of problems are extremely poor (except for the Air Jordan Block) and not worth your time. Honestly, Ute Valley has better bouldering.

And for those of you still wanting to go... CO Rd 67 & 68 are very nice dirt roads (you could drive a Mercedes on them). Happy bouldering!