Elevation: 6,368 ft
GPS: 38.887, -108.519 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 2,058 total · 83/month
Shared By: Jared LaVacque on May 2, 2020
Admins: Jesse Zacher, Jared LaVacque, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

The Resurrection of Kevin Bacon Boulder has two problems, which are on the consistently shaded steep west side. Both problems share the same start (southwest directionally OR lower right when looking at the steep side) and first six opening moves comprise the crux of both routes (which terminate on a jug). Rest up there and then choose which route you want to finish up. The way they differ is that each route has a secondary crux that completely changes the character of the rest of the route. They start with power on 50 degree overhanging rock, offering moves uncharacteristic of the majority on Unaweep, coupled with something that is also atypical of Unaweep steep routes…amazingly solid rock.

The Resurrection of Kevin Bacon Boulder (RoKBB) was discovered in late 2013 by myself, Nick Reecy, and Brad Edwards. It was cleaned during the same time. The fall zone was cleaned up and the removal of a large dead log/dead root system was mostly removed as it was in both the fall zone and grew in toward the wall itself (see the photo). The boulder is named for the uncanny similarity of the FA party to Kevin Bacon, in appearance and it was a start of a 4-month climbing trip after stopping a 15-year career as a Network Engineer to pursue Nutritional Biochemistry ad nauseum, as a new profession. I know, I know, too much information.

The first route to be sent was Situs Inversus, which is the right power exit. Anger in Motion was sent following Situs Inversus, which takes a technical top out in lieu of more power and tops out on the slab with slapping slopers to finish on small holds.

Both problems on this boulder are easily within the 10 best lines in the canyon (after 26 years of climbing in the canyon and with consensus of those who have seen the boulder….but still, this is also just my opinion). The quality, angle, diverse movement both before and after the crux, and then add in the remoteness of the location come together in one great package.

Getting There

Locate one of the two faint trails, foot path 1 or 2, from lower Mecca (Moby Dick, etc.), and follow it continuing past Acromion Division until you reach The Mistress Boulder. From the Mistress Boulder, either continue southwest along the creek bed, and then trend upward (west) through small talus and vegetation until you reach an oblong boulder with a steep, shaded side (This is The RoKBB) with a huge boulder that is 15 meters up from it.

Or approach as for Slabalicious, proceed west and go up toward the cliff band and then go around the huge boulder that sits just west of The Resurrection of Kevin Bacon Boulder, then descend east (downhill), as passing between the two boulders is less than a fun approach. The approach is approximately 1.35 miles and will take 25-35 minutes from the parking area.

See the climbing area map or GPS coordinates or supplied satellite imagery map for clarification.

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