REI Community
Poland Hill
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Ape Walk T 
Bear Voo, The T 
Bistro, The 
Boulder Hopper T 
Clean and Jerk T 
Cool Jet T,TR 
Estrogen Patch Remover T 
Fantasia T 
Green With Envy T 
Kim T 
Little Old Crack aka Boulder Hop T 
Orbital Ridge T,TR 
Overload T 
Petit Crapon T 
Piece of Dirt S 
Remote Control T 
Skull T 
Soul of a Poet 
Southwest Friction S 
Stem Christie T 
Sugar Crack T 
Sweet Finish T 
Tanfasia T 
Underachiever  T 
Unsorted Routes:

Little Old Crack aka Boulder Hop 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: unknown
Page Views: 1,645
Submitted By: M. Morley on Jun 23, 2002

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (41)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
BETA PHOTO: Boulder Hop.

Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 MORE INFO >>>


This is an okay route to do while waiting to climb Kim. Start around corner left of SW Friction and Kim. Belay in crack and rap as for Kim.

Per Aeon Aki: About 50 feet left of Southwest Friction, Boulder Hop climbs a 30 some foot hand crack to the top of the Rat Brain. Begin by stepping off of a boulder and onto a small ledge. Make an anchor to belay your second then rap from the fixed rings at the top of Southwest Friction.

Eds. This is a combination of two submissions for the same route combined onto 1 page to avoid duplication and confusion.


Light rack - nothing big.

Per Aeon Aki: nuts and cams up to a #3 Camalot.

Photos of Little Old Crack aka Boulder Hop Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt leading Little Old Crack.
Matt leading Little Old Crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: Clint Locks on the lower section of Little Old Cra...
Clint Locks on the lower section of Little Old Cra...

Comments on Little Old Crack aka Boulder Hop Add Comment
Show which comments
By DanMoore
Sep 7, 2004

This has been said before, but I'll say it again. This climb may be 5.5, but it's a different 5.5 than, say, Breezy in Eldo. Way different. There are enough features on the face for your left foot, so you don't have to jam the entire way up. And when you're at the end, you've worked and grunted enough that you certainly feel you've accomplished something. I'd do it again.
By jeffrey heddings
From: denver,CO
Jul 12, 2008

Great route,way fun,and probably just what your looking for.5.5
By kili
From: 29 palms, ca
Oct 7, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Nice beginning lead.
By James
From: Lakewood, CO
Jun 21, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

The Kelman guidebook calls this route Boulder Hop. It also says the previous guide book was mistaken calling it Little Old Crack. Anyway this route and Boulder Hop are the same route.

This is a good lead. I am not sure where the hop comes in. Do you hop across to get to the climb or do you hop on to the route? Either way fun route.
By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Jun 22, 2010

Then what is the route that's called Boulder Hop? Boulder Hop starts in the corridor, this starts outside of the corridor. There's no way that this is 5.9, anymore than Boulder Hop is a 5.5.
By James
From: Lakewood, CO
Jun 22, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b


I believe Boulder Hop and Little Old Crack both in this area are the same route. Perhaps you are confusing Bolder Hop with Boulder Hopper. I would say this route is solid 5.6.
By Eben Daggett
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 5, 2013

I would agree that this is solid 5.6. I did this as a warm-up for Kim (first time to voo). I found this to be a hell of a workout and had to really grunt my way up it. By far the most fun you can have on the Rat Brain. I used a #4 near the top, but this is not necessary. A #2, #3, and a #1 (at the bottom to protect from a fall into the pit) will see you to the top. Great route! Do Kim while you wait to get on this one! haha.

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About