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The Bowling Alley

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Lower Right Side 
Main Crag 

The Bowling Alley Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,073'
Location: 40.0021, -105.4127 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

This is a relatively newly bolted crag just east of Practice Rock. Somebody went bolt-crazy on this rock, but the result is very well-protected routes. It's a steep dihedral; the east face is a solid slab, while the west face feels inverted and a little more crumbly. With a 60m rope, there's a great belay station with a nice rock as a bench.

To help reorganize this area, this crag is divided into the Main Crag & Lower Right Side.

Getting There 

Park as for Practice Rock, ~8.1 mi West of Elephant Buttresses. Hike up & right from Practice Rock.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.5 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',11],['5.11',11],['5.12',6],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Bowling Alley

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Bowling Alley:
Pooky Proof   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Main Crag
Mosquito Burrito   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 105'   Main Crag
Splitting Hares   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Right Side
Chihuahua Enchilada   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Crag
Bad Girls Get Spanked   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Main Crag
Father Figure   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Right Side
Midge Squadron   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Main Crag
Shady Deal   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lower Right Side
A Tall Cool One   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lower Right Side
Meteor Rhoadblock   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Main Crag
Next to Nothing   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 2 pitches, 60'   Main Crag
Super Bon Bon   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Main Crag
Amazing Face   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 2 pitches   Main Crag
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Rock Climbing Photo: Travis On-Site. Pic. By Scott B.

Take the Termites Bowling 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : Main Crag
This route is the farthest right in the gully which separates the two separate rock formations at the bowling alley. There are three routes here that are really close together. One of them should of been left as a toprope. Climb up on good golds to a seam, lieback and an interesting crux. The bolts stay on your left for most of the climb. They seem to be a little far to the left for the bottom, but that might be due to loose rock....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Chris Cavallaro
Dec 1, 2005
Does anyone know about the new climbs above the Bowling Alley? Is there a new guidebook which covers these climbs? Any info much appreciated!

Chris
By Rich C
Aug 11, 2008
There is now a lot of very very loose rocks/boulders along the approach to the top tier because of the rescue yesterday. BE CAREFUL
By S.cort
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 26, 2009
Red chalk bag found under the 5.9 or 5.10a behind tree route last week. Does this belong to anyone?

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