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Elevation: 9,500 ft
Shared By: DavidHH on Jul 27, 2007
Admins: Mike Snyder
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A wonderful boulder that the approach road dead ends at. There is several good problems, a V1,V2 and V4 that I can't even get off the ground on. Again I have worked these problems on several different occasions and never seen another soul in sight. Enjoy!

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Follow the directions to Stonehenge and stay straight on the approach road and it dead ends at this boulder.

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this is a great boulder and it is a shame that it was damaged. i have spent a lot of time with friends on this piece which i would say is one of the best climbs there. if you go though try to bring as many friends as you can and as many pads. there is a rock at the bottom of Drule Cup that can be a backbreaker. it is in perfect line with the overhanging mantle at the top of the problem. (see pictures) pop that and you will definatly need some good spotters and be able to take a hit. i love this problem though. drule cup is a great line and fun too!

sidenote. most of the sport climbs in the area are 3 to 4 bolt lines and some would even be concidered highballs if the landings were better. there is nothing over 50 feet so dont pack your 70m up there with you. we do it with half a 50m and it works great. it is a supper fun place to go after work or in the evening when it cools. and please pick up your junk and trash.

Aug 25, 2008
DavidHH
Parker, Colorado
DavidHH   Parker, Colorado
Tristan, thank you for that unique piece of history. Aug 20, 2007
John Sherman came to this area around 2000 and did the FAs of some of these great boulder problems. A few of us locals liked to mess around here well before that, but when he showed I remember he climbed some things that previously we thought were very unlikely and futuristic. (Remember, also, that Todd Skinner grew up around here and it is likely that he did many problems without reporting them that have been claimed as "FAs" by others).

I grew up a few miles away from "Stonehenge" and came dozens of times without ever seeing chalk on the boulders. I used to call the proud centerpiece boulder with the overhanging face the "Old Impossible Boulder," as I used to flail away with my parents watching and saying it couldn't be done! I guess others have found another name for it now...

I know some lines on the premier boulder pictured here are quite moderate, but they were proud, likely virgin lines and before they had chalk on them - I personally used to walk away empty-handed more often than not. Also, when Sherman showed up we found out how useful spotting, crashpads, and a little strategy could be!

The arete to the right of the overhang is really good (and also goes from a sitstart with little added difficulty), and would be classic in any area. The slab problem is equally worthwhile! Also, the classic arete to the left of the overhang has been done...and several lines go up the center of the overhanging face, utilizing sharp, incut pockets. Spotting is crucial here, as a backbreaking boulder lurks below. Many other worthwhile boulders exist, mostly featuring tall slabs, gritty cracks, and crystal pinching.

This is a GREAT area that used to be a kind of a secret. In recent years, the area has been used and abused... Some people (probably high school kids) come here and leave hundreds of cartridges on the ground as they shoot the little critters that hang out everywhere. When they can't find anything else, they shoot holes in the rock for target practice or shoot clay pidgeons. It seems to be a popular party spot too. I have no problem with this by itself, but I wish they would clean up after themselves. Some asshole even spraypainted beautiful Old Impossible! So, if you come here, please bring a trashbag and do a public service by picking up a little, even if you've had nothing to do with the littering problem. Every time I come here, I am a little saddened by the broken glass and crumpled cans that I find strewn about in this special and secluded haunt. Aug 20, 2007
DavidHH
Parker, Colorado
DavidHH   Parker, Colorado
I would love to include FA info if anyone has it. Jul 27, 2007

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