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Amazing Face S 
Bad Girls Get Spanked S,TR 
Bloodstone T 
Bowling Ball and Chain S,TR 
Chihuahua Enchilada T,TR 
Digital Divide T 
Frothing Green S 
Gutter Ball T 
Lucky Strike S 
Meteor Rhoadblock S 
Midge Squadron S 
Mosquito Burrito S,TR 
Next to Nothing S 
Oil Pan Hook Shot S,TR 
Pooky Proof T 
Shiny Dog S 
Singin' in the Rain T 
Super Bon Bon S 
Take the Termites Bowling S 
Woody's Landlord T 

Main Crag Rock Climbing 

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This is a relatively newly bolted crag just east of Practice Rock. Somebody went bolt-crazy on this rock, but the result is very well-protected routes. It's a steep dihedral; the east face is a solid slab, while the west face feels inverted and a little more crumbly. With a 60m rope, there's a great belay station with a nice rock as a bench. This is section contains the bulk of the routes on this crag.

The following routes are on Main Crag of Bowling Alley, about 75 yards before Practice Rock. L->R:

A. Lucky Strike, 11, 1p, 100', bolts.
B. Frothing Green, 11-, 1p, 105', bolts
C. Next To Nothing, 12, 2p, 105', bolts.
D. Amazing Face, 12+, 2p, 105', bolts.
E. Meteor Roadblock, 12, 1p, 55', bolts.
F1. Super Bon Bon, 12, 1p, 55', bolts.
F2. Shiny Dog, 12+, 1p, 50', bolts.
G. Taking The Termites Bowling, 11, 1p, 45', bolts.

Above a ledge half-way up:

AA. P2 of Next To Nothing, 12, 1p, bolts.
BB. continuation of Amazing Face, 12+, 1p, bolts.
CC. Bloodstone, 11, 1p, 55', bolts.
DD. Oil Pan Hook Shot, 11-, 1p, 50', bolts.
EE. Singin' in the Rain, 10, 1p, 60', bolts.
FF. Bowling Ball And Chain, 10-, 1p, 50', bolts.

Down and R:

H. Digital Divide, 10+, 1p, 40', bolts.
I. Midge Squadron, 11, 1p, 90', bolts.
J. Bad Girls Get Spanked, 11, 1p, 90',bolts.
K. Pooky Proof, 7+, 1p, 105', gear.
L. Mosquito Burrito, 8 or 9, 1p, 105', bolts.
M. Chihuahua Enchilada, 10+ R, 1p, gear.

Getting There 

At 8.1 miles from the entrance to Boulder Canyon (the first bridge you cross - see Yahoo! map) there is a small turn off. It's on the right side, just below practice rock, about 300 yards past Boulder falls. The crag is about 50 yards east and 30 yards up the hill from the parking lot.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Main Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Main Crag:
Pooky Proof   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Mosquito Burrito   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 105'   
Chihuahua Enchilada   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Bad Girls Get Spanked   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
Midge Squadron   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Meteor Rhoadblock   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Next to Nothing   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 2 pitches, 60'   
Super Bon Bon   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Amazing Face   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 2 pitches   
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Oil Pan Hook Shot 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : ... : Main Crag
This route is located on the upper tier of 'The Bowling Alley'. Climb the gully to the right of 'Take the Termites...' up to a ledge at the base of 2 bolted routes on the upper right hand side of the main wall. This route is the leftmost of the 2 routes. The crux comes at you right off the ground. There are 3 close bolts, (10+ back to back moves) once past this crux (keeping feet and hands away from the crack system left) the climbing eases to a final move to the anchor. The bottom ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Ivan Rezucha
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jan 11, 2003
Is this named the Bowling Alley because of the car noise? (Bowling alleys are loud.) It's extremely loud and distracting. It made communication hard at times even though we were only about 60-80 feet apart.
By Anonymous Coward
Jun 3, 2005
Gear Alert
I was climbing here a couple of weeks ago on that unnamed 5.9 that's only 3 bolts. I was toproping, and as I went to clean the route, I pulled a pretty big chunk of rock off right below the anchors. I don't know for certain if it compromised the integrity of the anchors, but I didn't trust it much (since I was up there!). It wasn't that the anchors were going or anything, but it was scary how easily I yanked off that big chunk. It just makes me wonder a bit about the rock that the anchors are drilled in to. I'm no rock master or anything, but I would suggest either not climbing it at all, and if you absolutely have to, then don't toprope it and rap off the anchors when you clean it. I'm probably being overly cautious here, and I'm sure it's probably fine, but I would feel awful if people didn't at least know about it and something did happen. Sorry to post as an "anonymous coward!" I don't have much time to set up a name.

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