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Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders)  


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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 37.41601, -118.43994 View Map  Incorrect?
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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 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 explorers 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...

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.

Somewhere out on the Tableland...
Somewhere out on the Tableland...

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.6 miles from here

607 Total Routes

['4 Stars',32],['3 Stars',152],['2 Stars',220],['1 Star',182],['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',173],['V2-3',239],['V4-5',92],['V6-7',63],['V8-9',23],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',13],['>=V14',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders):
China Doll   V0 4     Boulder, 18'   Sad Boulders : Molly Area
The Pursuit of Wow   V0 4 PG13     Boulder, 20'   Tom Peter's Slab Area : Tom Peter's Slab
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   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Solarium Boulder
Big Chicken   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Happy Boulder
Ketron Classic   V4 6B     Boulder   Savannah Area : Savannah Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Sad Boulders : Strength in Numbers Area
Molly   V5 6C     Boulder, 13'   Sad Boulders : Molly Area
Serengeti   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Serengeti Area : Serengeti Boulder
Every Color You Are   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   West Rim Area : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
Mister Witty   V6 7A PG13     Boulder, 15'   West Rim Area : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
The Hulk   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Happy Boulder
Atari   V6+ 7A R     Boulder, 14'   East Rim Area : Atari Area
Pow Pow   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   Pow Pow Area : Pow Pow Alcove
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...
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Every Color You Are V6 7A  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
Crouch start on the left side of the prow. Follow good finger pockets to a long move to gain a good hold above the lip. Match on this and traverse right passing a deep slot/crack. Continue right with a hard sequence of moves to pull up and right to gain the good deep flake. Finish direct....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Description: Blitzo. <br /> <br />What else is there to say? <br /> <br />You are loved and will never be forgotten.  <br /> <br />Thanks for sharing this fine, strange day with me in the Tablelands.  <br /> <br />Sunshine, hail, and rainbows all at once. . . .  <br />
Description: Blitzo.

What else is there to say?

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Evening session in the Tablelands. <br />
Evening session in the Tablelands.
The south end of the Tablelands, looking west toward the Sierras.
The south end of the Tablelands, looking west towa...
Jona Price, happy at the Happies. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Jona Price, happy at the Happies.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sad boulders, Bishop
Sad boulders, Bishop
unusual rock on the Tablelands
unusual rock on the Tablelands
Andy Patari in the Tablelands
Andy Patari in the Tablelands
There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Blood
The Volcanic Tablelands
The Volcanic Tablelands
There Will Be Blood
There Will Be Blood
Lonely silhouette
Lonely silhouette
Storm over the White Mountains, from the Fish Slough road.
Storm over the White Mountains, from the Fish Slou...
Somewhere lonely
Somewhere lonely
Happies  <br />
Happies
Looking down from the Sads towards Bishop.
Looking down from the Sads towards Bishop.
Sierras from The Tablelands. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Sierras from The Tablelands.
Photo by Blitzo.
Aerili enjoying the Volcanic Tablelands. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Aerili enjoying the Volcanic Tablelands.
Photo by ...
Don't mess with the locals...
Don't mess with the locals...
Tablelands. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tablelands.
Photo by Blitzo.
White Mountains above Fish Slough
White Mountains above Fish Slough
More lonely slopers
More lonely slopers
tableland petroglyphs <br /> <br />note: this area is off-limits to bouldering
tableland petroglyphs

note: this area is off-limi...
The Volcanic Tablelands, just north of Bishop
The Volcanic Tablelands, just north of Bishop
Somewhere out on the tablelands. March 2010
Somewhere out on the tablelands. March 2010

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By AWinters
Administrator
From: the Shire
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