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Fountain Red

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A dream come true 
Ab Lounge 
Center Spooge 
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Eat Your Oatmeal 
El Nino 
Hero Span 
Houses of the Holy 
Le Beak 
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Miles Dead 
Miles High 
Mills Lane 
Munchkin Traverse 
No Hurt Me Foot 
Planet Earth 
Privileged Planet 
Rings Around the Rosy 
Rings of Uranus 
Strickland Dyno 
Top Hat 
Tweak the Beak 

Fountain Red Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,968'
Location: 35.8786, -93.121 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Fontainebleau of Arkansas--the Fountaine Red!!

Fountaine Red has a high concentration of top notch boulder problems, free camping, and a nice remote setting in the Ozarks. The uber-classic Le Beak may be the best V4 in the world, and that is just the beginning. With Fred's Cave, The Power Wall, The Invasion, and more within short walking distance, it is arguable that the Fountaine Red area is one of the best destination bouldering areas in the United States with something for everyone on perfect Southern Sandstone.

Getting There 

Cole Fennel's "Rock Climbing Arkansas" guidebook for a preliminary taste of the area. Get ready for Cole Fennel's "Bouldering Arkansas-Comprehensive" in the winter of 2010 for a full coverage of all the areas that extend out from the one and only FOUNTAINE RED!

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

27 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Fountain Red

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Fountain Red:
Left Spooge   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   
Rings of Uranus   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   
Tweak the Beak   V3 6A     Boulder   
Le Beak   V4 6B     Boulder   
Eat Your Oatmeal   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   
Planet Earth   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   
Electralica   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   
Hulk   V7- 7A+     Boulder, 15'   
Ab Lounge   V10 7C+     Boulder, 15'   
Center Spooge   V10 7C+     Boulder, 14'   
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Ab Lounge V10 7C+  Arkansas : Cowell Area : Fountain Red
A gorgeous boulder, with powerful and elegant moves. Ab Lounge is an obvious line on perfect rock. Climb the sloper rail from left to right, starting on the decent holds at head height. Follow the line of least resistance, and finish in the notch up and right, maybe using the right arete. The flow you get on this thing is incredible. A world class boulder....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arkansas

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By Evan Martin
From: Laramie, WY
Jan 10, 2011
I had a really difficult time finding directions for this place, so I thought I would see if I could help some people in the future.

The Coordinates for Fountaine Red's parking are. (N 35°52.716') (W 93°07.259')
By Jon Wood
Dec 19, 2011
It is a tad tricky to find the first time. There is only one road that intersects the highway when going through Cowell. I believe it's labeled Cowell Rd 55 or some such, but like I said it's the only road. Just pay attention, it's not really a town. Just a few houses. Head east on the dirt road otherwise known as 1200. It's about five miles. You'll pass a few ATV roads labeled with brown forest service posts. The first is 1204a on the right, then 1204b, 1204c on the left, and then 1204d. Take the left on 1204d and head uphill a short way. You'll see the rock and there you go. The camping is right there. The climbing isn't real big, but it's quality. I took my son camping there a few weeks ago. With the leaves down you can see an abundance of rock in the area. I'm sure with a bit of exploring you can find a bunch more than is in the guide book.
By Jon Wood
Mar 6, 2013
I heard a rumor about bolted monoliths past Fountain Red from a ranger at the Buffalo River. Anyone have any info on these?
By JD Borgeson
Jul 14, 2014
font also has a pretty fun little trad route a little bit down from top-hat on the same rock. its 5.9 i think. fun little break from bouldering if you have the gear.

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