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Air Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Earth Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Fire Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Water Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7

Description

As compared to the Contact Station Boulders at the beginning of the trail, the "Alchemy Area" isn’t as classic. That being said, these shorter blocks are a very fun place to climb and visit after climbing all the more classic lines. Several of the shorter lines in Alchemy are worthwhile and challenging, and the forest setting beautiful and often secluded.

There are four overhanging boulders (three along the trail, "Fire" is toward the road a bit more from "Earth") that are from 10-13 feet in height, and full of crimps and small pebbles. Lots of thin flakes and all have solid landing areas. Quiet and private.

Getting There

Take the Split Rock Bouldering Trail, and turn left onto the spur. Follow specific boulderfield access/directions in the GHSP Bouldering Guidebook, or GHSP's Rakkup Guidebook App

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Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
Yes, I agree it’s quicker to #1 that way for sure. I think that the fire road, once cleared out will be better though, since it’s wider and leads to boulder 3 easily, plus #2 is directly above 3. I’m thinking from the perspective of an overhead topo in the guide when it comes out however. I may be making it more complicated though... Oct 27, 2010
Steve Lineberry
Charlotte, NC
Steve Lineberry   Charlotte, NC  
I will say that once you know where the boulders are, the trail on the right is quicker to get to Boulder #1, #2, and #4 than the trail on the left. Oct 26, 2010
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
The trails are small deer trails, neither are manmade or maintained, so they also may be overgrown at some point, but the left trail has historically been the most prominent. The left deer trail is diagonal and leads into the old (also not maintained) fire break. There is some downed brush along the fire road, so navigate that as well. The fire road takes you right to the 3rd boulder which will be on your right. Sorry for any confusion and ill update the directions promptly. Thanks for the input claudmia.
-Aaron Oct 4, 2010
claudmia
Raleigh, NC
claudmia   Raleigh, NC
Note that the trail up to fire road is to the LEFT of the "jutting out rock" (if standing on the road), just left of a small patch of ferns. There is a second trail that leads up to the right and following that one makes the fire road incredibly difficult to find. Aug 9, 2010

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