BBC Boulder Climbing
Routes in BBC Boulder
|101 Conquistadors V6 7A|
|Across V0 4|
|Balance in Nature V5-6 6C+|
|Breaking Point, The V3 6A PG13|
|Campus Corner V2-3 5+|
|Devil's Work V9 7C|
|East Warmup V1 5|
|Flesh Fest (STAND) V6 7A|
|Fleshfest V9 7C|
|Grapple in the Grundel City V4+ 6B+|
|Grundel City Boy V9 7C|
|Krampus Corner V5 6C|
|Lawn Dart V0 4|
|Lefty V0 4|
|Mailslot, The V4 6B|
|Major Tom V3- 6A|
|Original Grapple V4- 6B|
|PIP's Dyno V? ?|
|Re-Entry Burn V6 7A|
|Righty V0 4|
|Smooth Ride V5 6C|
|South Warmup V0 4|
|Space Oddity V0 4|
|Sudden Change V5-6 6C+ PG13|
|Turning Point, The V8 7B|
|Zero G V5 6C|
|GPS:||39.989, -105.291 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||David Tennant on May 14, 2016|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThe BBC Boulder is probably the highest traffic area, with a full range of difficult testpieces and a handful of moderate and cerebral problems, which exist on all sides of the large boulder. The main testpieces are Fleshfest, V9, The Turning Point, V8, and there is always someone on Original Grapple, V4.
This area also includes the warm-up boulder with South Warmup, V0, and East Warm-up, V1, which is on the southeast side of the BBC Boulder, as well as the boulder including Across, V0, and Zero G, V5.
Left to right starts with 101 Conquistadors and then goes right in a circle around the BBC Boulder, and then the problems on top of the BBC Boulder, and then the remaining problems on boulders just west of the BBC Boulder.
Getting ThereThere are two main options to getting to the Satellites, both of which start at the Chautauqua Trailhead. Park there or along Baseline Road, and start up the wide Chautauqua Trail. Take the trail into the treeline, over a small wooden bridge, past a large boulder, and then to the next intersection of trails (it intersects the Bluebell Baird Trail). From here, you have two options:
Option 1: most direct, more crowds, and more strenuous. Take the 1st/2nd Flatiron trail which is the trail that goes uphill immediately at a diagonal left at the intersection (not the leftmost, the center-left option is the one you want). Take this uphill, and stay left at the next fork. This will spit you out at the base of the Second Flatiron.
From here, follow the trail heading east away from the Second Flatiron. You'll see The Wave Boulder on your right with a trail going uphill. Follow the trail uphill and past The Stardust Boulder on your right. Continue past The Stardust Boulder, and soon The Girlfriend Boulder will be on your left. Continue just past The Girlfriend Boulder, and the A-7 Boulder will be on your left. Directly across from the A-7 Boulder is the BBC Boulder.
Option 2: less direct, less crowds, and less strenuous. Take a left (the leftmost option) onto the Bluebell Baird Trail. From here, stay right at every trail intersection. This will take you past the Bluebell Shelter on your left, take you across a wooden walk bridge, and the last intersection is for the Royal Arch Trail (which goes left), take the trail to the right to continue to the Satellite area. This will take you up a switchback and across a small boulderfield, and then the first boulder you'll arrive to is the Sputnik Boulder.
From here, continue along the trail which goes behind the Sputnik Boulder and then winds up to a trail intersection. The Wave Boulder is now immediately on your left, and access to the base of the Second Flatiron is taking the trail to your right. Take the trail uphill past The Wave Boulder, and The Stardust Boulder will be on your right. Continue past The Stardust Boulder, and soon The Girlfriend Boulder will be on your left. Continue just past The Girlfriend Boulder, and the A-7 Boulder will be on your left. Directly across from the A-7 Boulder is the BBC Boulder.
There is a on the main Satellites page with a trail map of both options and mileage.
I personally take Option 2, 80% of the time, as it gives you a break from walking straight uphill the whole time, and you get to get off the main trail that all the tourists are on for a more peaceful experience.
Classic Climbing Routes at BBC Boulder
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