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Fountain Red

Arkansas > Cowell Area

Description

The Fontainebleau of Arkansas--the Fountaine Red!!

Fountaine Red has a high concentration of top notch boulder problems, free camping, and a nice remote setting in the Ozarks. The uber-classic Le Beak may be the best V4 in the world, and that is just the beginning. With Fred's Cave, The Power Wall, The Invasion, and more within short walking distance, it is arguable that the Fountaine Red area is one of the best destination bouldering areas in the United States with something for everyone on perfect Southern Sandstone.

Getting There

Cole Fennel's "Rock Climbing Arkansas" guidebook for a preliminary taste of the area. Get ready for Cole Fennel's "Bouldering Arkansas-Comprehensive" in the winter of 2010 for a full coverage of all the areas that extend out from the one and only FOUNTAINE RED!

Routes from Left to Right

V0 4
 3
Free Parking
Boulder
V2 5+
 3
C-Span
Boulder
V4 6B
 3
Munchkin Traverse
Boulder
V6 7A
 3
Hero Span
Boulder
V1-2 5
 1
Hard Head
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 1
Retrograde
Boulder
V7- 7A+
 11
Hulk
Boulder
V3 6A
 75
Rings of Uranus
Boulder
V2 5+
 15
Rings Around the Rosy
Boulder
V0- 4-
 8
Gak
Boulder
V1 5
 27
Left Spooge
Boulder
V10 7C+
 5
Center Spooge
Boulder
V0 4
 3
Miles Dead
Boulder
V7 7A+
 4
Mills Lane
Boulder
V4- 6B
 9
El Nino
Boulder
V2 5+
 1
Big Crunch
Boulder
V3 6A
 15
Privileged Planet
Boulder
V5 6C
 43
Planet Earth
Boulder
V6 7A
 6
No Hurt Me Foot
Boulder
V3 6A
 30
Top Hat
Boulder
V4 6B
 81
Le Beak
Boulder
V3 6A
 5
Tweak the Beak
Boulder
V3 6A
 5
Give it to Mikey
Boulder
V5 6C
 20
Eat Your Oatmeal
Boulder
V6 7A
 3
Mikey
Boulder
V0 4
 2
Miles High
Boulder
V9 7C
 6
Ab Lounge
Boulder
V0 4
 2
Houses of the Holy
Boulder
V6 7A
 19
Electralica
Boulder
V0 4
 6
Discloser
Boulder
V7 7A+
 8
Strickland Dyno
Boulder
V0- 4-
 1
Dinosaurs Asscrack
Boulder
V6- 7A
 2
A dream come true
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Free Parking
 3
V0 4 Boulder
C-Span
 3
V2 5+ Boulder
Munchkin Traverse
 3
V4 6B Boulder
Hero Span
 3
V6 7A Boulder
Hard Head
 1
V1-2 5 Boulder
Retrograde
 1
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Hulk
 11
V7- 7A+ Boulder
Rings of Uranus
 75
V3 6A Boulder
Rings Around the Rosy
 15
V2 5+ Boulder
Gak
 8
V0- 4- Boulder
Left Spooge
 27
V1 5 Boulder
Center Spooge
 5
V10 7C+ Boulder
Miles Dead
 3
V0 4 Boulder
Mills Lane
 4
V7 7A+ Boulder
El Nino
 9
V4- 6B Boulder
Big Crunch
 1
V2 5+ Boulder
Privileged Planet
 15
V3 6A Boulder
Planet Earth
 43
V5 6C Boulder
No Hurt Me Foot
 6
V6 7A Boulder
Top Hat
 30
V3 6A Boulder
Le Beak
 81
V4 6B Boulder
Tweak the Beak
 5
V3 6A Boulder
Give it to Mikey
 5
V3 6A Boulder
Eat Your Oatmeal
 20
V5 6C Boulder
Mikey
 3
V6 7A Boulder
Miles High
 2
V0 4 Boulder
Ab Lounge
 6
V9 7C Boulder
Houses of the Holy
 2
V0 4 Boulder
Electralica
 19
V6 7A Boulder
Discloser
 6
V0 4 Boulder
Strickland Dyno
 8
V7 7A+ Boulder
Dinosaurs Asscrack
 1
V0- 4- Boulder
A dream come true
 2
V6- 7A Boulder

Photos [Hide ALL Photos]

Ethan mid-dyno on Le Beak
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Evan at the crux of Center Spooge at Fountain Red, Arkansas
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One of the many hallways at cowell
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v2 at font red
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Rings of Uranus
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Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Evan Martin
Moscow, ID
[Hide Comment] I had a really difficult time finding directions for this place, so I thought I would see if I could help some people in the future.

The Coordinates for Fountaine Red's parking are. (N 35°52.716') (W 93°07.259') Jan 10, 2011
[Hide Comment] It is a tad tricky to find the first time. There is only one road that intersects the highway when going through Cowell. I believe it's labeled Cowell Rd 55 or some such, but like I said it's the only road. Just pay attention, it's not really a town. Just a few houses. Head east on the dirt road otherwise known as 1200. It's about five miles. You'll pass a few ATV roads labeled with brown forest service posts. The first is 1204a on the right, then 1204b, 1204c on the left, and then 1204d. Take the left on 1204d and head uphill a short way. You'll see the rock and there you go. The camping is right there. The climbing isn't real big, but it's quality. I took my son camping there a few weeks ago. With the leaves down you can see an abundance of rock in the area. I'm sure with a bit of exploring you can find a bunch more than is in the guide book. Dec 19, 2011
[Hide Comment] I heard a rumor about bolted monoliths past Fountain Red from a ranger at the Buffalo River. Anyone have any info on these? Mar 6, 2013