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Mecca Area Bouldering
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DescriptionThe Mecca area is the first group of boulders encountered when heading west from the green gate parking area. Most of the boulders in the group are exposed and receive plenty of sunshine making it an ideal winter destination, but the lack of shade can make for a blistering summer session. Snow melt and heavy rain can turn the soil into peanut butter, and biting gnats greedily suck the blood of any living creature during late spring through early summer. Nonetheless, the area can be bouldered during each season, if done at the right time of day with a keen eye for aspect.
In general, Mecca isn't a one-stop tickfest that is characteristic of more popular areas. Most of the boulders are spread out, and possess only a line or two on each of them. In addition, chalk-filled lines and manicured landings exist on only a few of the more popular boulders. This may lead some to believe their efforts are the first of their kind, but closer inspection often reveals evidence of prior efforts. The area has been the host of many, impressively strong climbers, that sent and left without documenting their efforts. Regardless of the rich and nebulous bouldering history, there are many untouched lines remaining for those interested.
Overall, the rock quality is fantastic and landings are remarkably good. Problems are predominately vertical and crimpy, this promotes a controlled, finger-wrenching technical style. Be sure to allow the boulders some drying time after rain and snowmelt. Stick to the trails where they exist, and pack your trash out.
Classic must-see boulders include Mecca, Birdhouse, Moby Dick, Hueco, and Gunny Gold. Each of these has a good number of problems that climb excellent rock over flat landings.
Getting ThereFrom the green gate parking area (be sure to close it), head down hill, cross East Creek, and you're there. The boulders can be accessed by taking either a left or right at the dirt track. In addition, there are numerous foot paths/cattle trails that access the area's boulders. The area is large, but the furthest boulder takes no more than 10 minutes to walk to.
Classic Climbing Routes at Mecca Area
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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