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Routes in The Yosemite Boulder Area

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This upstream cluster of boulders generally provides exciting highball problems like Yosemite Arete (V5), Keep It Subtle (V5-6) and Kalbro (V3), but there are a bunch of shorter problems as well such as NRA (V2-3) and Bloody Knuckles (hard V5). The Yosemite Boulder, the tallest boulder in the area, is home to numerous classics and hikers regularly scramble up the obvious chimney to stand at its peak. Years ago, a sizeable chunk of rock broke off, destroying some of the old classics. For those seeking something difficult, check out Ceadas (V11) or what's left of Gunshow (V8). This area also includes the classic Bulletproof (V6) which is a shorter super slopey problem, and a number of projects.

Getting There

From the zoo head upstream past Fritz Demise (V0) towards the tallest boulder you see. That’s the Yosemite boulder and the problems surround it. You have to pass it on your way to Devil’s Den

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Lanky
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Lanky   Tired
Was at P'way on Saturday and worked a pretty cool problem to the right of Standard Direct and to the left of the line of old bolts. Don't know if it has a name, but it felt V5ish. Photo of me screwing it up here: flickr.com/photos/23874488@N03/3966295527/ Sep 29, 2009
matthewWallace
Sandwich, NH
matthewWallace   Sandwich, NH
I cant tell you if that route has a name or anything but it looks awesome! Sep 29, 2009
nhclimber
Newmarket, NH
nhclimber   Newmarket, NH
Does it start with a weird undercling and move up to a dish that you mantel with an easy but tall traversing top out? If so it's like a party trick v3, once you get it you always can. Sep 30, 2009
BDalhaus
Bangor, ME
BDalhaus   Bangor, ME  
Julian, that problem is called Keep It Subtle (aka Rainbow Mist). It's in Kemple's latest guide with a completely different name, but it was climbed in the 80's then recleaned and renamed by Brett about a year ago. Those slopers in the crux are horrible. Sep 30, 2009
Lanky
Tired
Lanky   Tired
Thanks Bryce. Haven't really looked at the new guide, so all I knew was it wasn't in the old edition. Sep 30, 2009
Lanky
Tired
Lanky   Tired
May be old news by now, but the big tree right next to Gun Show has fallen, taking out the little tree next to Bulletproof and complicating the downclimb off Kalbro. Sep 21, 2010
DRusso  
Has anyone climbed the line between Still Remains and Standard Route? Essentially start in the crack for Still Remains and then climb straight up the middle of the face to the left of Standard Route. Jan 24, 2018
Alec Woolley
Allenstown
Alec Woolley   Allenstown
Yeah, that line goes. I think it was around v2 for difficulty but its been a few years since I've been on it. If i remember correctly there was one move that felt like a huge reach but there is still short person beta for it. Definitely easier than Power & Technique but harder than Still Remains. Jan 24, 2018
DRusso  
Alec It felt like to truly go straight up and not to the right using holds from the top of Standard route would have been a really big and committing move to a sloper but perhaps it was the lack of chalk and all the pine needles this fall that gave me pause. Jan 25, 2018
Alec Woolley
Allenstown
Alec Woolley   Allenstown
Yup, it is a big committing move. I wouldn't argue if anyone said it was in the v3 range, the v2 grade was just out of vague memory. Once you stick that hold the difficulty eases up. Jan 25, 2018

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