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Drifter/Smoking Boulder

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Change of Heart 
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Knobs, The 

Drifter/Smoking Boulder Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,400'
Location: 37.32888, -118.57484 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tim Steele on Jan 14, 2007

59° | 35°

53° | 28°

55° | 28°

52° | 28°

57° | 28°

61° | 30°
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Descending The Drifter Boulder. Photo by Blitzo.


This huge boulder just up the hill from the 'Peabody Boulders' is home to 'High Plains Drifter', a Dale Bard problem that is a must-do old-school classic. In addition, there are many other classic problems, especially on the North Face of the boulder.

Getting There 

Walk up hill from the Peabody Boulders.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Drifter/Smoking Boulder

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Drifter/Smoking Boulder:
The Knobs   V5 6C     Boulder   
Change of Heart   V6 7A     Boulder, 35'   
High Plains Drifter   V7 7A+     Boulder, 35'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Pouya on his send of High Plains Drifter

High Plains Drifter V7 7A+  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Drifter/Smoking Boulder
Start with sharp patina crimps and make some long pulls slightly up and right to gain a couple of slopers. Make a dynamic move off the slopes to gain better holds and an easy, but airy summit. This problem is a North American classic and a must do for the visiting boulderer.As a note of trivia, John Sherman referred to this problem as a benchmark standard for V6 in the first edition of his Hueco guide when he initially introduced the V-scale. It has since crept up in grade. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Drifter Boulder. Photo by Blitzo.
Drifter Boulder. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Drifter, northwest face
The Drifter, northwest face

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