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Location: 38.86329, -120.21902 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Oct 7, 2004
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BETA PHOTO: The taller side of this boulder.


I don't know the name of this boulder next to the Wright's Lake main wall. I can't find information on it anywhere, it looked to me like a crocodile being bashed by a gigantic wedge on one side, and a basilica on another, hence the previous name.

This lengthy bouldering rock sits on the shelf at the base of the main rock, and is the best warm up to prepare you for the endeavors you'll surely encounter on your way up the difficult routes that comprise the climbing at Wright's Lake.

Climbing is on 3 of the four sides of rock, containing excellent warm ups from V1 and up, with the easiest route on the Southwest face. The Main Traverse (V2) on the Northwest face is excellent, a pumpy 30 foot long traverse that never gets more than 6 feet off the ground, and tops out on the Crocodile tail.

Walking off the West side of the boulder is the easiest way off, though jumping down off the Northwest face is a flat sandy 5 foot drop in most places.

A pad is recommended for routes on the Southwest face, as most contain a demanding last move.

Getting There 

The long, rectangular rock on the slab is the Main Boulder.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

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Start on the snout on the right side northwest face of the rock. Move left on a series of shelfs until they disappear. Then use the slabby top of the rock for hands as you continue left. The feet start to get worse unti you finally reach the tail, where a mantle finishes the problem.You may also chose to continue traversing around the corner and finish on 'Back and Forth' (V0+) but that makes for a much less safe finish.Keeping your hands below the slab on the traverse probably ups the grade t...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Sep 23, 2008
Aron, I'm not a fan of your habit of naming formations/boulders/problems/whatever when you don't know what it is. If you don't know, please resist the urge to just make something up and post it on the internet. Thank you.
By Aron Quiter
From: Oakland, CA
Oct 6, 2008
Fair and valid... I got out of this habit a few years back after (properly!) getting yelled at by many people. I've renamed the rock, and all associated information.

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