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Elevation: 8,476 ft
GPS: 39.141, -105.195 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Andy Librande on Feb 9, 2012
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

The Wash Boulders are located in a small valley on the West side of the Sheep's Nose formation.

There are a number of big blocks scattered throughout the area, and it seems development has been minimal. The whole area is completely burnt out from the fire, so sun protection is virtually non-existent and it is best to not visit on hotter days. Most of the climbable boulders are located lower in the small valley just above a prominent dry river bed (where the name "wash" comes from). However, high on the hillside is a number of impressive looking rocks that may hold climbs.

In Colorado Bouldering 2, the following boulders were identified: Washout Boulder, Second Boulder, Mouth Boulder, Tonsils Boulder, Fifth Boulder, and Smashing Boulder. All have several established problems in the V0-V3 range.

The description in Colorado Bouldering 2 for the area is hilarious and I quote it for prosperity: "Feel Free to keep an open mind and explore the area more thoroughly: boulders line the hillside like hippies at a Dead concert." (The fire happened after that guidebook was published.)

Getting There

The easiest way to find the boulders is to first find the Air Jordan Boulder.

From the Air Jordan Boulder, head Northwest towards the prominent ridgeline. At the ridgeline, you should be able to overlook a small valley below and identify a dry riverbed on the far side of the valley. Between you and that riverbed will be several large boulders; these are the ones you want to climb on.

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