Elevation: 942 ft
GPS: 44.005, -71.237 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Robert Hall on Jul 15, 2020 · Updates
Admins: Jay Knower, M Sprague, Lee Hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall

Description

These are the Boulders located on the right of the hiking trail, and run roughly parallel to that trail from just before the trail splits, to just after the trail splits. Many of the existing problems were reported by Jon (and reside in the section "Boulder Loop Bouldering" until they are moved) , including the climb "Stop in French" and its associated boulder(s).

You are close to the campground, please act and sound accordingly !

NOTE: A Left-to-Right ordering of the boulders is as one looks at the sub-area from the trail towards the actual WMNF campground, which is "opposite" the order you come upon them following the expanded "Getting There" directions below. You can "click" the order icon to get Right-to-Left order if you want to "follow along" with the "getting There" directions.

Getting There

From the kiosk, hike the Boulder Loop Trail for about 400-500 feet (for me about 100 paces, or 200 steps) until you get to a 12-15 ft-high boulder immediately on the right of the trail. The boulder has an slightly overhanging, dark-colored "north face" facing the trail. I call it the "Landmark" boulder [please, if anyone knows its rreal name, or the key problem on it, write a COMMENT. Thanks ! See photo of "Landmark Boulder" ) There is some evidence of a 'problem' on this overhanging north side. There is also a burned-out, cut-off* stump in the middle of the trail as a landmark. (photo)  If you get to where the trail splits, you've gone about 200 ft too far. [ * This is the 2nd such burned-out stump you'll encounter, but the first one is not chainsawed off. ]

Leave the hiking trail and walk around the left end of the "Landmark Boulder" and you'll see its backside (south face) has been cleaned. Directly below are two additional boulders ("Ledge Fund" on the left, and "Slab Dyno" on the right) with potential, and/or existing problems. The boulders don't look like much from here, but walk through the "slot" between them and you'll see the climbs and the potential for more. (See photos in the individual boulder's submissions)  

Looking left you'll see a large, downed tree. Walk above its up-ended root system and in a few more feet you'll pass between a 4 ft high boulder and a 2-ft diameter tree.  The problem "Campsite Crusher" is 10 ft further and and 10-15 ft lower to your right. Until you actually get to face it, the boulder its on looks like a "nothing".  The campground road and some of the campsites should be visible to your right.

Leaving "Campsite Crusher", and returning back up the 15+/- feet to the "path" (Ha ! ...not much of a path right now), continue through the open woods, sort of parallel to the hiking trail, for another 150+/- feet you'll come to two more boulders, and 100 ft down to the right (across a wide gully) is the Flake and Bake boulder with two trees (with 4 or 5 climbs) (Many photos in the "Flake & Bake" submission)

Continuing parallel to the hiking trail again, in another 100-150 +/- feet you arrive at the two large boulders where the climb "Stop in French" climbs the striking arete on the SouthEast side of the "lower" of the two boulders. It took me a while to realize that these two large, very-close-together, boulders each had their own name. As you approach from the west, the boulder on the left (and the only one you can really see from that vantage point) is Tall Boy with its striking north face with a traversing-hand-crack. The boulder to the right is the "Stop in French" boulder.  The landings are quite flat, and there are several smaller boulders for just sitting and recovery.  

Direct Approach to "Stop in French" & Tall Boy Boulders - Continue on the hiking trail to the split, take the "straight ahead" branch (i.e. don't go left ) and continue about 250 ft.  Look for a place where the trail levels off after a gentle rise and there are two reasonably large (4-5 ft high) boulders on the left ["Lurp", but be sure to look at the photo without the tree] and a group of 4 large pine trees on the right.  (photo) ...look to your right and the "Tall Boy"  boulder should be visible about 100 ft through the open trees.

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