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|Shared By:||Nathanael Hansen on Oct 20, 2010|
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DescriptionThese sandstone boulders are part of the Ute Valley Parks large system of broken ridges.
I stumbled across this place when I was working on Tech Center Drive a few years ago. Based on the state of the rock and landings when I found it, it looks like I was the first to develop the area, but everything could have been done forever ago and just forgotten....
The boulder problems described in this guide only represent the current circuit problems. Lines that are dangerous, chossy or just not as much fun are not listed. The naming convention and lack of individual grades are only partially due to laziness - it should:
- help prevent getting caught up in "number chasing" (because everything's a V0 at the V-Naughts, whether sandbagged or legit),
- not offend anyone that might have had a true FA in 1970, and
- allow for easy expansion of the current list of problems.
The main ridge gets pretty big as you follow it northwest, so there are plenty of highballs on loose rock - Ive only done a couple of them. Cleaned up top-ropes could be interesting.
Make no mistake, some of these boulders are slabby and some are pretty small. Perhaps my affinity to the place is because it kept me sane at work, discovering fun, convenient lines....
Although its not a destination area, it's been great for checking out new rock, taking the kids, and its a great spot for a 30+ minute circuit (all of the original problems were established with approach shoes).
Just like the rest of the the area, the rock stability is questionable. Remember to pull down, not out. There have been many snake, lizard and deer sightings, so be careful and conscientious of the wildlife.
Check out the attachments and pictures for more detailed beta.
Getting There[UPDATE 2/13/16]
There has been a lot of mountain bike trail work through this area, and you can avoid the 5450 building and the NBC building using the new trail.
The new trail connects with Tech Center Drive just south of the businesses. Look for a long dirt pulloff to the west of Tech Center Dr. The trail is on the north end of the pulloff. Take the trail all the way to the Alpha Block.
(Using 5450 parking lot: park on the far south end of the Tech Center parking lot and head south down the hill. You'll hit the trail going west. Take it straight into the Alpha Block.)
They are normally accessed via the backdoor of 5450 Tech Center Drive (Northrop Grumman building). Park in the parking lot and either go in the front door and right out the back, or walk around the building. Then follow the cairned trail (2 minutes). You can also park in the lot directly north of the boulders and hike down (20 seconds). That method seems a little sketchy though.
Check out the Getting There Maps attached.
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