Login with Facebook
The Potato Chip Boulder

Select Route:
Middle Warm up 
Potato Chip 
Potato Chip Layback 
Potato Chip Pinch 
Potato Chip Sit Start 

The Potato Chip Boulder  

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Page Views: 4,147
Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Peter Beal on Jul 28, 2009

53° | 42°

54° | 39°

53° | 38°

54° | 39°

53° | 40°

54° | 40°
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Know the location? Show us! We need it for cool new features!
Erin in send mode on this nice problem.

Fragile Alpine Area MORE INFO >>>


This boulder is a popular warm-up area located on the eastern edge of Lower Chaos, close to the lower lake below Lake Haiyaha. It is the second formation you will encounter after the walk in. It is easily identified by a long, slightly overhanging north face and a deep gully on the west end, on the right as you face the wall. The Potato Chip (V7, sds V8 or 9) climbs an obvious series of crimps out of the gully. Other nondescript problems can be found on the wall to the left.

Getting There 

Follow the usual approach to Lower Chaos, rockhop along the edge of the lower lake, pass the Warm-Up Boulder heading west and The Potato Chip will show up on the left shortly.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.5 miles from here

5 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Potato Chip Boulder:
Middle Warm up   V1 5     Boulder, Alpine, 12'   
Potato Chip Layback   V3 6A     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   
Potato Chip Pinch   V5 6C     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   
Potato Chip   V7- 7A+     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   
Potato Chip Sit Start   V9 7C PG13     Boulder, Alpine, 20'   
Browse More Classics in The Potato Chip Boulder

Featured Route For The Potato Chip Boulder
Going towards the big rib feature.

Potato Chip Layback V3 6A  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : The Potato Chip Boulder
The best start is probably on the big jug above the Potato Chip SDS. Move through the huge sidepull/layback feature to topout the same way as the PC Pinch problem....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Comments on The Potato Chip Boulder Add Comment
Show which comments
By acouncell
From: Estes Park, CO
Aug 24, 2009
Does anyone know the name of the boulder directly SW of the Potato Chip Boulder? You know, the short, gently overhanging one with the top-out through the tree branches...thanks in advance.
By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Aug 25, 2009
I think you are referring to Geeks of the Industry, V7.
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!