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Elevation: 6,537 ft
GPS: 38.7915, -104.8749
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Shared By: Dan Russell on Dec 31, 2001
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The bouldering near/on Graduation Boulder is the best in North Cheyenne Canyon. The approach is 3 seconds, so it is convenient. It is usually climbable all-year around (unless it just snowed, of course). The rock is solid, with dozens of problems of varying difficulty. On Graduation Boulder, the south, creek-facing side has several good highballs: the north, road-facing side has great warm-ups, and the west overhang sports the best problem on the boulder, Graduation (V1), a fun, jugfest. The boulder has been traversed at a hard grade (I've heard V10?). Post-Graduation Boulder isn't nearly as good but also has some good problems, namely River Rumble (V4), a highball.

Climbers have been bouldering here for decades. Several years ago I thought I knew every problem on this boulder, until old-timer Harvey Carter showed me about twenty new problems and variations I'd never seen before. In many cases, these problems were done long ago, statically, and without climbing shoes or chalk. The photos only show the most obvious lines, so keep in mind that there are literally dozens of other problems on this boulder.

Graduation Boulder Problems:

1. Graduation Traverse - traverse the main face and finish up the main problem.
2. Corner Problem - start on the slopers and go straight up on crimps.
3. Graduation - the classic line. Ascend the overhang using jugs and jams.
4. Arete Problem  - start as low as possible, and climb the arching arete.
5. Face problem  - start on the arete, but go up the face avoiding the arete.
6. Face problem  - follow hard crimps up the face.
7. Face problem  - climb more hard crimps up the face.
8. Ramp - ascend the prominent rail cutting across the face.
9. Creek Wall - from good holds at the base of the rail, move big to a slopey topout, this is a highball.
10. Short Overhang - start at chest height, and use fun holds to surmount the short overhang.

Post-Graduation boulder problems (the problems face the trail):

1. Tough Guy - the full right-to-left traverse.

2. River Rumble - climb the main, north-facing overhang to the highball slab above.

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From the park entrance, drive 0.7 miles and pullout on either side of the road. Park near a large, obvious boulder (Graduation Boulder) on the south (left) side of the road. If you miss this boulder, get an eye transplant.

Post-Graduation Boulder is about 40 feet directly uphill from Graduation Boulder, on the trail.

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