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Routes in The Checkerboard Boulder

Checkerboard V7-8 7B
Checkerboard Crack V5 6C
Checkerboard Direct V8 7B R
Checkerboard Right V9 7C
King Me V10 7C+
Type: Boulder, 20 ft
FA: Chris Sharma
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Shared By: Ben Snyder on Mar 26, 2008
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Start at a prominant incut flake (not the jug rail just to the right) a bit left of center on the tall, slightly overhanging NW face of the 'Checkerboard Boulder'. Climb up and right to an exciting last move high off the deck. An excellent problem!


This climb is located on the boulder farthest right in this area. This boulder also happens to be the largest in the area, so finding it should not be difficult.


Four or more pads would be ideal. The sloping rock under the left part of this problem has leg-breaking potential.


Salt Lake
  V7-8 R
Raddam6   Salt Lake
  V7-8 R
I have climbed 100 boulders in Bishop and this stands out as one of the best.

I definitely see the R rating if and only if you barn door off the final moves. Don't. Jan 6, 2018
Tim Iwako
Tim Iwako  
I'm short (5'1) and no move on this climb felt harder than V7 but it was pretty pumpy! Nevertheless, a great climb! Sep 16, 2017
  V8 R
  V8 R
Total classic.

I understand that many don't understand why this would be dangerous - but there have been at least 2 broken legs (that I know of) from falls off this rig.

Crux is a bit harder if you're short. Aug 11, 2013
Colin R
Ottawa, ON
Colin R   Ottawa, ON
The beta that Andy uses is the preferred beta for me - i.e. going to the intermediate but slightly higher crimp instead of the massive iron cross move to the jug. Either way, this line is a stunner. The shorter variation (i.e. not starting too far to the left) is probably more just standard V7. I really ought to go back and finish it from the far left jug... Mar 9, 2013
Andy Liu
Eastern Sierra
Andy Liu   Eastern Sierra
C Miller   CA  
Checkerboard on Youtube -… Dec 1, 2009
Peter Franzen
Phoenix, AZ
Peter Franzen   Phoenix, AZ  
I didn't find this to be as dangerous as many people make it out to be. The first moves are quite easy, and the crux at the end is easily protected by a few pads and a good spotter. Mar 31, 2008
Ben Snyder
CSprings, Sandy Hook (CT)
Ben Snyder   CSprings, Sandy Hook (CT)
Given V8 but felt like soft V7 to me. Still - rad rad rad! Mar 26, 2008