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Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders) Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 37.41601, -118.43994 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, John Robinson, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: AWinters on Jan 22, 2008
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Description 

Just north of Bishop the floor of the Owens Valley rises abruptly forming a 300 foot-high volcanic plateau that runs for miles from east to west, stretching north to the higher Sherwin Plateau. Along the southern tip numerous canyons and washes containing thousands of boulders can be found slicing into and through the plateau - including the two that make up the Happy and Sad bouldering areas. Dozens of other rises and rock bands are scattered throughtout to quench the explorer's thirst.

Pack out ALL trash, control your dogs, and avoid ALL plants and vegetation! They are disappearing rapidly in these areas due to heavy foot traffic! Please let them grow.

Avoid ALL physical contact with Petroglyphs


This area is often referred to as 'The Mesa' to locals...

Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the Sads towards Bishop.
Looking down from the Sads towards Bishop.

Getting There 

From US 395 in Bishop, take US 6 north out of town towards Benton/Chalfant/Tonopah. After 1.3 miles, turn left on Five Bridges Rd. Follow this down the straightaway around the left-hand curve, past the Aggregate Plant to a 4-way intersection where the pavement turns to dirt. Take a left on Chalk Bluff Rd. for the Happy and Sad Boulders. Turn right on Fish Slough Rd. for the Fish Slough Boulders.

Rock Climbing Photo: Somewhere out on the Tableland...
Somewhere out on the Tableland...

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.6 miles from here

669 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',32],['3 Stars',177],['2 Stars',251],['1 Star',189],['Bomb',6]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',185],['V2-3',255],['V4-5',99],['V6-7',72],['V8-9',34],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',20],['>=V14',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders):
The Pursuit of Wow   V0 4 PG13     Boulder, 20'   Tom Peter's Slab Area : Tom Peter's Slab
China Doll   V0 4     Boulder, 18'   Sad Boulders : Molly Area
Corner Route   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 18'   Slow Dance/Gleaner Area : Corner Boulder
Heavenly Path   V1 5 PG13     Boulder, 25'   Central Happiness Area : Heavenly Path Boulder
Black Magic   V3 6A R     Boulder, 20'   Blood Simple Area : Black Magic Boulder
Rio's Secret Arete   V3 6A     Boulder   Sixty Foot Woman/Shadow Pla... : Secret Arete Boulder
Solarium   V4- 6B     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Solarium Boulder
Ketron Classic   V4 6B     Boulder   Savannah Area : Savannah Boulder
Big Chicken   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Happy Boulder
Molly   V5 6C     Boulder, 13'   Sad Boulders : Molly Area
Serengeti   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Serengeti Area : Serengeti Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)   V5 6C     Boulder, 18'   Sad Boulders : Strength in Numbers Area
Mister Witty   V6 7A PG13     Boulder, 15'   West Rim Area : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
Every Color You Are   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   West Rim Area : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
Atari   V6 7A R     Boulder, 14'   East Rim Area : Atari Area
The Hulk   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Happy Boulder
Los Locos   V7 7A+     Boulder, 25'   Sad Boulders : Los Locos Area
Lawnmower Man   V7 7A+     Boulder, 18'   Sad Boulders : Los Locos Area
Morning Dove White   V7-8 7B     Boulder   West Rim Area : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
Pow Pow   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 10'   Pow Pow Area : Pow Pow Alcove
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Featured Route For Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders)
Rock Climbing Photo: Rave

Rave V7- 7A+  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Slow Dance Cave
A tuff bouldering classic: powerful, yet technical, and immensely satisfying. Grab the pumice banana and a small right crimp and pull a couple steep moves to the big sloper. Keep it tight for a radical sequence through the large dish to a gaston, and finally, a baseball-sized pocket and the huge shelf. Beautiful.(Word has it the starting pinch and a crucial foot have been steadily disintegrating over time, so step lightly and/or get this done quick.)...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Description: Blitzo.  What else is there to say?  ...
Description: Blitzo. What else is there to say? ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Evening session in the Tablelands.
Evening session in the Tablelands.
Rock Climbing Photo: The south end of the Tablelands, looking west towa...
The south end of the Tablelands, looking west towa...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jona Price, happy at the Happies. Photo by Blitzo.
Jona Price, happy at the Happies. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sad boulders, Bishop
Sad boulders, Bishop
Rock Climbing Photo: unusual rock on the Tablelands
unusual rock on the Tablelands
Rock Climbing Photo: Andy Patari in the Tablelands
Andy Patari in the Tablelands
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the Sads towards Bishop.
Looking down from the Sads towards Bishop.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Volcanic Tablelands
The Volcanic Tablelands
Rock Climbing Photo: Found this guy close in the area... and he found a...
Found this guy close in the area... and he found a...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Buttermilk's
The Buttermilk's
Rock Climbing Photo: Happies
Happies
Rock Climbing Photo: Storm over the White Mountains, from the Fish Slou...
Storm over the White Mountains, from the Fish Slou...
Rock Climbing Photo: There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Blood
Rock Climbing Photo: Lonely silhouette
Lonely silhouette
Rock Climbing Photo: Somewhere lonely
Somewhere lonely
Rock Climbing Photo: There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Blood
Rock Climbing Photo: Sierras from The Tablelands. Photo by Blitzo.
Sierras from The Tablelands. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Aerili enjoying the Volcanic Tablelands. Photo by ...
Aerili enjoying the Volcanic Tablelands. Photo by ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Don't mess with the locals...
Don't mess with the locals...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tablelands. Photo by Blitzo.
Tablelands. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Volcanic Tablelands, just north of Bishop
The Volcanic Tablelands, just north of Bishop
Rock Climbing Photo: more petroglyphs
more petroglyphs
Rock Climbing Photo: Somewhere out on the Tablelands...
Somewhere out on the Tablelands...

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By AWinters
Administrator
From: NH
Jan 22, 2009
People need to settle down with the tick marks, it's getting ridiculous. It seems almost every boulder I walk up to I have to spend 10 minutes brushing off these eyesores! Come on, if you make a tick brush that ugly bastard off when you leave the boulder.

Also, who needs tick marks on STARTING footholds??? Ridiculous.
By Euan Cameron
Administrator
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Jan 22, 2009
I agree it is getting out of hand. It seems to be 'the' in thing this year to mark it up.

Seriously it isn't a gym, tick marks don't belong outside.
By C-Tuttle
Jul 14, 2011

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