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Trapps Bouldering 


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Elevation: 1,000'
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Description 

The Trapps, in addition to boasting more than 500 trad routes (detailed here), are home to more than 250 documented boulder problems varying in difficulty from V0 to V13 which scale and traverse the hard quartz conglomerate of the area. The only published bouldering guide for the area is Greene and Russoís Bouldering in the Shawangunks. A complete list of all posted problems sorted by quality can be found here.


Getting There 

There are several different areas each containing interesting problems along the Undercliff road. From South to North, as you walk up the carriage way from the Trapps bride towards Skytop you pass the Steel Bridge Area (Steel Bridge boulders, Terrace boulders), Keyhole, Uberfall Area (Doug's Roof, Uberfall problems, Suzie A boulders), Early Trapps areas (Pebbles, Kama Sutra, Stairway Boulders), 50 yard line, End of the Trapps areas (Andrew, Nameless, Corridor, Boxcar) and Sleepy Hollow boulders. There is one area not accessed from the carriage road, the Wawarsing Parking Lot Boulders, which are located near the Wawarsing parking lot down the East Trapps Connector Trail (AKA The Stairmaster) from the carriage road.


Guide Books 

Bouldering in the Shawangunks, Second Edition, Ivan A Greene and Marc E Russo, Jefe Publication, 2003.


A Temporary Note 

Hey everyone, Iím much more of a trad climber than a boulderer, but Iím going to be spending lots of time bouldering in the area--in between diaper changes-- and thought that it would be a good opportunity to start the ball rolling on listing problems on Mountain Project. Iíll attempt to get most of the areas and sub areas up as I have an opportunity to climb them but Iíll only post problems that Iíve completed which means that initially there is going to be a lot of easy stuff. This is an open invitation to anybody and everybody to help me construct and flesh out this area. Iím going to try to stick to the organization that is used in Boulding in the Shawangunks to make it as useful a supplement as possible. Please feel free to PM me or call me out in forums with criticism and corrections. I have no FA information other than what can be implied from the problem names. Iíd love to correctly list all of this, so please let me know if you have it. Thanks for you patience.


A Note About Grades 

While grades are certainly not the most important thing about climbing, they are an important part of having a worthwhile guidebook. It's my feeling that the printed grades in Bouldering in the Shawangunks are all over the place. It would be great if everyone who ticks a problem took the time to put in an estimate of grade and quality as well. Even if you agree with the current grade, please put in your two cents, and hopefully we can arrive at a more accurate consensus.


Climbing Season


107 Total Routes


['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',33],['2 Stars',47],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',51],['V2-3',40],['V4-5',8],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',4],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Trapps Bouldering:
Boulder of the Gods   V0- 4-     Boulder, 15'   Steel Bridge Boulders
Keyhole Crack Right   V0 4     Boulder, 12'   Keyhole Cliff area
Clune Crank   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   Keyhole Cliff area
Suzie A   V1 5     Boulder, 13'   Suzie A Boulders
Blasted Rock   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   Boxcar Area
Dislocator Roof   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   Pebbles Boulders
Nameless Traverse II   V2 5+     Boulder, 25'   Nameless Area
Tweaky Crack   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Pebbles Boulders
Gill Crack (AKA The Brat Gill Variation)   V2 5+     Boulder, 17'   Keyhole Cliff area
Baby Hole   V3 6A     Boulder, 8'   Boxcar Area
The Lorax   V3 6A     Boulder, 8'   Steel Bridge Boulders
The Gill Egg (AKA Gillís Route)   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Keyhole Cliff area
Andrew Boulder Problem   V4 6B     Boulder   Andrew Area
Gill Pinch Roof   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Keyhole Cliff area
Gill's Double Clutch   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Doug's Roof
Black Boulder Problem   V5 6C     Boulder   Pebbles Boulders
New Pair of Glasses   V7 7A+     Boulder, 30'   Steel Bridge Boulders
The Buddha   V7 7A+     Boulder   Andrew Area
The Illustrious Buddha   V8 7B     Boulder   Andrew Area
Box Car Arete   V8 7B     Boulder, 8'   Boxcar Area
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Featured Route For Trapps Bouldering
Keep the Lorax happy.  The trees are off.

The Lorax V3 6A  NY : The Gunks : ... : Steel Bridge Boulders
Yes, I know Greene and Russo give it V4. It's certainly fun but not V4. Clamber down to a sitting position between the trees on either side of the problem under the overhanging back side of the Satellite #2 boulder. Start with your arms buried in the face-level crack to your left and a few good foot jams to your right now climb, crimp and jam your way up to the top out....[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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