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V4, Boulder, 15 ft (5 m),
Avg: 3 from 91 votes
California > Sierra Eastside > Bishop Area > Volcanic Tablel… > Happy Boulders > Central Happine… > Happy Boulder
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On the steep South face of the 'Happy Boulder', sit-start on a juggy shelf (same starting holds as 'The Hulk'). Make a tricky sequence up and right onto the arete. Continue up the steep arete heading left on better holds to a few fun last moves.
Stand-start is v2
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Josh Junkermeier, Big Chicken V4, Happy Boulders, Eastern Sierras.
'Happy Boulder', south face topo
Lana Little on Big Chicken. photo: Sulli
Manor Market. Best beer and wine in Bishop. Look for the big chicken. Photo by Blitzo.
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Don't be an idiot on the top out and it gets a lot less scary (for you and your spotter).
A great problem and a must do.
Aug 11, 2013
I believe this was named for the large plastic chicken that roosts on top of the Manor Market in Bishop. There are routes named after this hunk of American in the Gorge too. The route Billion Million comes to mind as we would exaggerate the height of the thing and it ended up being a "billion million" feet tall. In reality is about 7 ft high if memory serves.
Aug 11, 2013
This is v2 in the book. Don't believe it.
Mar 31, 2014
San Luis Obispo, CA
As far as I know, the book's V2 rating assumes a stand start already on the arete. I may be mistaken though!
May 9, 2014
great climb. a bit easy for the grade, but awesome anyway.
Oct 20, 2014
As of last weekend, the last hold that one would grab with their right hand is broken.
Feb 24, 2015
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Holds may or may not be broken at the top, but the problem goes fine at V2 from the stand start. I didn't do it from the sit, so can't comment on the grade for that.
Dec 9, 2016