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Take the Termites Bowling

5.11b/c, Sport,  Avg: 2.1 from 51 votes
FA: Chris Alber and Rick Leitner, March 1998.
Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Bowling Alley > Main Crag
Access Issue: Seasonal Closure / 2020 Update Details


This route is the farthest right in the gully which separates the two separate rock formations at the bowling alley. There are three routes here that are really close together. One of them should of been left as a toprope. Climb up on good golds to a seam, lieback and an interesting crux. The bolts stay on your left for most of the climb. They seem to be a little far to the left for the bottom, but that might be due to loose rock.


5 bolts and 2 bolt anchor.

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Glen about halfway up.
[Hide Photo] Glen about halfway up.
Travis On-Site. Pic. By Scott B.
[Hide Photo] Travis On-Site. Pic. By Scott B.

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[Hide Comment] Is this the route at the rightmost area as you begin your hike up the Bowling Alley (w/ a tree within feet of your back)? If not, what is the name of that route? Oct 7, 2002
Elijah Flenner
Fort Collins, CO
[Hide Comment] I think the route with the tree you are referring to is called mosquito burrito, and is listed in the Bowling Alley climbs. There is no tree by this route. Oct 7, 2002
[Hide Comment] Elijah, the route I am talking about is about 4 climbs to the right of Mosquito Burrito. I'm not sure if it is listed on this site. Anyone? Oct 7, 2002
[Hide Comment] Although this route isn't great to look at, it's interesting and surprisingly good. Personally I feel that the crux comes low moving past the 2nd bolt, although the upper move is also challenging. Jan 25, 2005
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] A pretty fun route, but certainly too close to neighbors. As was said, stay right of the bolts (keep the bolts to your left) because if you climb this belly to the bolts, you'll have to decide which line of botls to clip. There are 4 routes within 3 meters. This one, Shiny Dog, ???, and Meteor Roadblock.Maybe as another poster suggested it's been a little overdone. The line is reasonably fun though, and a good warm-up for the 5.11 climber. May 27, 2005
Jay Eggleston
[Hide Comment] I thought the crux on this was down low. I made it through the upper part which is supposed to be the crux. The bottom took a lot of strength. Maybe I am just not strong enough for it. Mar 13, 2014
Mark Rolofson
[Hide Comment] There are two ways to climb the upper crux past the 4th bolt. Many people climb the corner to the right. The original (intended) line ascends the thin, vertical seam crack just left of the 4th bolt to where the crack curves straight left, becoming horizontal. Then move up & slightly right to 5th bolt & moderate corner to finish. Nov 22, 2020