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Apr 17, 2012
Flatirons
Does anyone have any pictures or info on the boulders at the base of Wallface? I was looking through Adirondack Rock last night and saw that there are a lot of boulders in the area with some being as large as buildings. I'm paraphrasing a little bit here, but one climber said that there was an excellent overhanging problem about 60ft long that was never too tall to jump from. I wouldn't mind going on a "little" hike to check out the boulders if they appear to have climbing potential. J Miles
From Queensbury, NY
Joined Mar 20, 2012
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Apr 17, 2012
Push-5.12C at Good Luck Lake Cliffs
Justin, the Wallface boulders are high on my priority list. We are planning a big development excursion in early September to see what they have to offer. The main problem being is that with the lengthy hike into the talus at the base of the cliff, any type of injury from the highball bouldering could be quite serious. Definately interested in the potential...I have heard great things. Also have to get on the routes as well! Justin Sanford
From Broadalbin, New York
Joined May 26, 2009
544 points
Apr 17, 2012
Flatirons
I was thinking the same thing. It will be hard to push out the thought of a 4.4 mile hike when you're preparing for a tough move high up. Let me know when you guys area heading up. I wouldn't mind joining the adventure if I'm free. Also, the routes look awesome! I can't wait to learn trad so that I can have more options when I go climbing. J Miles
From Queensbury, NY
Joined Mar 20, 2012
16 points
Apr 17, 2012
On that note, there is an excellent erratic on the col between Rocky Peak Ridge and Bald that has a couple of nice problems on it if you like long approaches. Nathan Stokes
Joined Oct 20, 2008
439 points
Apr 25, 2012
Flatirons
Does anyone have any info on the approach to the boulders? I'm out of climbing for the weekend due to a minor injury and am thinking of taking a hike in just to see what the boulders have to offer. Will the trails be awful due to all the rain this week? Is this a dog friendly hike, or will he have trouble walking around the boulders with me (will we be walking over a bunch of smaller rocks with holes between instead of something flat)? Do you recommend coming from the south, or doing the longer approach from the north? J Miles
From Queensbury, NY
Joined Mar 20, 2012
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Apr 25, 2012
The approach from the Loj starts out with miles of flat, smooth trail, but then goes up a steep, boudler-filled streambed. The hike from the other side is shorter and easier, and has less elevation.

Getting down into the boulders is a steep scramble down a hillside, and then lots of scrambling up, over, between, and under massive boulders. Some are quite literally house-sized, many are more like car to RV sizes. It's a time consuming part of the approach to the wall, and a rather confusing jumble.

The boulders are a huge field under the wall. I can't point you to any specific problems, but I suggest camping there for a weekend and checking out as much as you can. The possibilities are endless, and you'd barely get to check anything out in a single day.
Auto-X Fil
From NEPA and Upper Jay, NY
Joined Aug 1, 2010
46 points
Apr 26, 2012
Brass monkey
I agree with Auto-X Fil; you will need more than a day. Its like the land of the lost down there in some spots. Its is very overgrown amongst the boulders, most have a thick layer of vegetation on top of or hanging over the edges that may affect bouldering. There are some deep "cave" style holes that go deep into the boulder field that will have very cool air blowing out from them. It is a really cool spot, but be very careful with landings and what not. If you mess yourself up you are more than likely your only means out (obviously no cell phone reception either). There are some boulders larger than houses down there that split in half and created huge overhangs when they landed. If you go post some pics, good luck and have fun! Brassmonkey
Joined Jan 19, 2012
70 points
Apr 26, 2012
Brass monkey
And yes, come from the south. Brassmonkey
Joined Jan 19, 2012
70 points
Apr 26, 2012
NRG
Yup Brassmonkey has got it right. Bring a brush and some elbow grease. The boulders were looking pretty furry when I was there last year. The ones closer to wall might be fine though.

Wallface approach
Wallface approach


addendum: in no way do I recommend stripping boulders of their moptops. picture is meant as a humorous reference.

seriously, there is 700 feet of clean rock a mere 5 min walk above this photo
John Douglass
From Seattle, WA
Joined Sep 12, 2010
62 points
Apr 26, 2012
Flatirons
Thanks for the picture! The landing looks a little damp as well. J Miles
From Queensbury, NY
Joined Mar 20, 2012
16 points
Apr 26, 2012
Something to consider before encouraging folks to get to work cleaning those vegetated boulders MojoMonkey
Joined Jan 29, 2009
65 points
Apr 26, 2012
You should post the picture of that furry boulder to the "Why do you live in CO" thread.

That picture alone would end the discussion.
Eric G.
From Saratoga Springs, NY
Joined Apr 18, 2012
53 points
Apr 26, 2012
Rumney
MojoMonkey wrote:
Something to consider before encouraging folks to get to work cleaning those vegetated boulders


There's no shortage of rock with moss and lichen growing on it. There's no reason to act like it needs "protecting". People just like to argue and be self-righteous.
Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Joined Jul 10, 2010
1,491 points


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