Red Boulder Climbing
|GPS:||32.219, -110.926 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Adam Block on Nov 23, 2009|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
DescriptionThis boulder is almost never climbed, I have driven this road literally thousands of times and seen cars parked on the road where you would park to go there only a handful. It's a very nice, large boulder with a good number of problems on it, the area is very peaceful, it's ideal for winter bouldering and there's enough to do and explore in the area to easily make a half a day out of the adventure.
There is one bolt on the top of the boulder, looks like a pretty old home made hanger if I recall correctly. This is a large boulder so I would recommend a couple pads and good spotters.
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Getting ThereFor directions I want to be slightly more clear than I've seen elsewhere. From I-10 and Ina you head west on Ina 3 miles, past Silverbell and keep going until you see Wade road, there will be signs telling you to turn left for Picture Rocks Road, if there are cars in front of you the flow of traffic is normally going that way as well. After the left turn you will drive almost exactly 3 miles where you will see a 35 MPH sign. If you park at the pullout on the right side of the road a few hundred feet before that 35mph sign I think you would be better suited. When you park, look to the north at that huge wall, the bouldering book says to look for a section of the cliff that is flat and lower than the rest of the cliff, I don't think that huge boulder half way up all that scree was there 5 years ago (when the descriptions I've read were written) but it is now and that's what you should aim for. There is a wash right there (where you parked, it should be fairly small and might be a little tough to see right away) and it makes for easy walking and no bushwacking. You can take that about half way back. Just keep following the main flow. Once that wash tries to go off to the west (or left) where the large 30 foot steep rocky slope is turn your direction to that large boulder.
You're going to want to walk like you're going to that. The red boulder is at the bottom of that slope under that huge one and it should be pretty easy to see if you have been there before but it won't be obvious until you're pretty close if it's your first time.
The approach is about 0.5 mile so it isn't too bad and shouldn't take more than about 20 maybe 25 minutes. I was able to get there and back with 3 kids in tow in about an hour and a half.
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