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Shared By: Brian T. Wandzilak on Jan 9, 2003
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Note: See the Snake Pits description for a summary on Garden Bouldering.

The Blowouts area is a neat bouldering area. It is an overhanging area where the holds are mostly slopey huecos with smearing feet. The holds are fairly high off the deck with some rocky landings. So, bring a spotter and crash pad in order to avoid bsuting an ankle. The problems here are mostly traversing, but like any bouldering area (and especially in the Garden) just find some holds and your thing.

Getting There

The Blowouts is on the west side of North Gateway Rock. Probably the easiest way to get here is to follow the main path around North Gateway to the west face. It is just past a large cave. It is near the disabled parking area to give you an idea of where on the rock it is.

White Chalk is not allowed!

The Park staff want to remind the climbing community that white chalk (calcium carbonate) is prohibited in the park due to visual impact. While any chalk use is discourage, chalk substitute that does not discolor the rock may be used. Eco balls are sold at the Visitor Center.

When placing closure signange/notifications, our park rangers noted chalk stains on several routes in the closure area (Anaconda and Grapefruit Dance), as well as the Blowouts bouldering area (which were cleaned last year, meaning all the chalk here is new). We are again hoping that the community can come together and address this issue before it requires any action on our part. Access may come into play! We'd also like to thank the PPCA for their efforts to remove chalk stains in these areas last year and hope that local climbers might consider helping them remove chalk stains from the rock this season- check their website for more info on upcoming events- pikespeakclimbersalliance.o….

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I stand corrected. I just now noticed that William Prehm had put a summary of bouldering in the Garden. There are also comments listed under his rock area that apply to bouldering also. Alas, my attempt at helping the cause appears to have fallen short. At the very least i put up some pics that may be of use. If any of the above people is offended that I added my own thing in, I apologize. But it can't hurt to have the rocks listed, can it? Jan 14, 2003
The Blowouts Area is the bouldering destination in GOG! The hike to get there is worth the walk. Start out just north of the base of Cowboy Boot Crack and follow the base of NGR, avoiding hopping the fence from the sidewalk as the area is under reclamation. Unlike the Winter Wall, you are secluded from the tourons, protected from the rain (the base almost never sees precip), and there is considerably less dust and sand on the holds. The ground-level traverse is the obvious problem, but look up, ignoring the moronic chalk ball-sized tick marks, to find a higher traverse with solid holds. A short V3? (never worried about the grade) starts out on matching pockets, traverses left through crimps via a heel-toe move, reaches up right to shallow three finger pocket, and twists out left to finish at a jug big enough to fit a pony keg in! You can either drop or elegantly downclimb the potholes. If you're first name is Uber you can reverse it and finish at the starting match. Just to the south of the cave is an neat broad arete with an interesting traverse around the base, although it's an eliminate (at least for me), it uses some pretty cool holds and creative feet. This traverse could keep going left to finish on the ramp or up to end higher. Something to work on! Enjoy!

-D Mar 2, 2006
Patrick Manitou
Atlanta, GAAAAA
Patrick Manitou   Atlanta, GAAAAA
Anybody have info on the overhanging arete downhill from the main Blowouts Area? If you look at the big cave, (the V6 traverse starts on the left side of the cave and moves left into the main area), this is just to the right of the cave, a few feet left of where the old sign was bolted to the wall.

It's a bunch of chalked slopers, looks very hard. I think I may have heard either V9 or V11 back in the day? Feb 18, 2010
Patrick Manitou
Atlanta, GAAAAA
Patrick Manitou   Atlanta, GAAAAA
Thanks Ben! I've worked the opening moves, definitely tricky. Seems like a great winter project. Feb 20, 2010