Happy Boulders Rock Climbing
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BETA PHOTO: Area locations at the Happy Boulders
The Happy Boulders offer highly concentrated world-class volcanic bouldering with hundreds of worthy problems ranging from simple to impossible.
Long shadowed by the more well-known and publicized Buttermilks, more and more climbers are realizing the potential inside the Happy Boulders canyon. Most first-time visitors will be overwhelmed by the amount of projects they just gathered and will find themselves making time to return. Some say at the Happies your muscles will fail first, whereas in the Buttermilks its usually your skin that will be your reason for leaving. Regardless, it's nice to have the options so close. Visitors experiencing Bishop in the colder months can find shelter and warmer temps here rather than the exposed and wind-swept Buttermilks. * * * * * * STAY OFF THE PLANTS, STAY ON TRAIL & PACK OUT ALL TRASH * * * * * *
The rock, which looks brittle and crumbly with a quick glance is surprisingly bomber volcanic Bishop Tuff, just be weary on high top-outs that may not see much traffic. The boulders found here offer faces that test every technique - most notably is the abundance of finger pockets which are found everywhere. You'll also find steep, gymnastic juggy overhangs and crimpy faces, as well as low traverses and unlimited eliminates and link-ups. Cracks of wide ranges can be found on the rim along with easy and scary highballing... it's all here. The landings are flat, the boulders are jam-packed, and everyone in your posse will find what they're looking for.
The Happy Canyon with Mt Tom and the Wheeler Crest in the background
From US 395 in Bishop, take US 6 north out of town towards Benton/Chalfant/Tonopah. After 1.3 miles, turn left on Five Bridges Rd. Follow this down the straightaway around the left-hand curve, past the Aggregate Plant to a 4-way intersection where the pavement turns to dirt. Take a left on Chalk Bluff Rd. Follow for 2.3 miles and park on the left side of the road. The canyon can easily be seen to your right, up the hill.
Pulling through the easy section of Black Magic.
Weather station 3.8 miles from here
480 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',19],['3 Stars',129],['2 Stars',184],['1 Star',130],['Bomb',3]
Classic Climbing Routes in Happy Boulders
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Happy Boulders:
Featured Route For Happy Boulders
Atari V6 7A
: Sierra Eastside
: ... : Atari Area
Dubbed "The World's Shortest Highball", Atari Arete is one of the most aesthetic boulder problems on the east side of the Sierras (or anywhere) and offers an exciting finish. What starts off as a wide sloping bear-hug style arete, eventually becomes narrower and less secure. Most beta involves heel-hooking one side of the arete (generally the right side) as you squeeze the arete and pull off the ground. Keep your eye out for marginal foot smears as you pull off the ground and again higher up. Th...[more] Browse More Classics in California