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Mecca Boulder Area Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.8909, -108.5058 View Map  Incorrect?
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This area is an attempt at getting most of the great problems in this area up on this site. I am aware of the long bouldering history this canyon has - and will do my best to give proper credit to whom it belongs, too. Nevertheless, I probably will make some mistakes along the way. It's a work in progress - the knowledge of FAs and route names around here is harder to obtain than that next grade level we all strive to achieve.

Getting There 

This area can be found further past the bone park area by a few miles. Come up and around a bend to a large pulloff - the main area can be found heading past the tourist info signs and what not - through the green gate (make sure to close as ranchers have cows grazing in this area) and down and over the small creek - coming up on the other side on a large path to follow that heads north/south respectively.

The area's main parking is located 8 miles from the junction of U.S. 50 and Highway 141.

Climbing Season

Weather station 15.8 miles from here

475 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',83],['2 Stars',131],['1 Star',245],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mecca Boulder Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mecca Boulder Area:
Endocrine Disruptor   V3 6A     Boulder, 13'   Pink Floyd Area : Megalomania Block
Orangutang   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Pink Floyd Area : Megalomania Block
Full Torque   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Other Side Of Road Area : Stronger Than Water Boulder
Western Implements   V4 6B     Boulder, 13'   Mecca Area : Moby Dick Boulder
Ping Pong   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Mecca Area : Mecca Boulder
Young Lust   V5 6C     Boulder, 14'   Pink Floyd Area : Main Boulder
Chinese Algebra   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Mecca Area : Mecca Boulder
Magic Tricks    V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Pink Floyd Area : Main Boulder
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Rock Climbing Photo: Liesel matching on the sloper+edge.

Stilt Fiction SDS V5-6 6C+  Colorado : Grand Junction Area : ... : Aegis Rock
SDS down and left on the south face. Small foot pockets under the rooflet help make the initial left hand movement from downpuller to sidepull, crimp rail. Make your way up and right to the sloper + edge on the arete. Match on this hold and slide around to the right on the east face. Complete the remainder of Stilt Fiction....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Hidden, classic beauty.
BETA PHOTO: Hidden, classic beauty.
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Rock Climbing Photo: The pulloff from the road.
The pulloff from the road.

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By Matt Lisenby
Jan 18, 2010
When we started going out to this area, in the mid '90s, we ended up calling it Mecca because we kept returning to it. At that time, there was no cattle fencing in place at the parking area and the "Overlook" interpretive signage was faded & unreadable. It sometimes gets called the "Green-gate" and "Overlook" area for obvious reasons. As is often the case, only a couple of the most obvious lines looked like they had ever been climbed before. We had it all to ourselves. Unaweep bouldering history is very difficult to track and after a couple of years of no traffic, many climbs feel like first ascents. I've posted some photos and pictures of some of our early development, with ratings that we accepted at the time. There is WAY more in the area that what is posted here, and wandering around Unaweep "discovering" boulders is the best way to experience it anyway. Be careful with the edges, especially after rain/show, don't chip/enhance & respect the solitude and unspoiled setting that we have the privilege of experiencing.
By Jakekasper
Feb 21, 2010
I have, over the last nine years, bouldered extensively in this area and it holds a special place in my heart. There have been obivous sings (chipped rock, heavy chalk, stacked boulders) that people have been coming here off and on. As with any climbing area to those who visit, please respect the rock for future generations to enjoy. As Matt has said "many climbs feel like first ascents" chances are they have already been done. Also please respect the desert, it is as fragile as the rock. I have to disagree with Matt that it is best to "wandering around Unaweep 'discovering' boulders." This area is very rugged and at times unforgiving as well as fragile, if someone sees new foot prints they will follow them, even if it leads to nowhere. During the summer months, it is easy for the area to go weeks without rain fall, leaving footprints in the soil that can last a lifetime. I will reiterate the basic climbing ethics, DON'T BREAK THE ROCK. Someday I want to take my kids here and let them experience the "many climbs (that) feel like first ascents" just as I do now when I return to vist a place once home.
By Nick Reecy
May 6, 2015
I have always wondered who built the trails that access the Mecca area, particularly the trails that wind through the Blue Moon > Pink Floyd > Southie areas below the cliff band.

I've heard a few different stories: an old cross-country running route, or Steve Cheyney created it to access the bouldering area.

Anyway, I've used it on hundreds of occasions now, and I'm absolutely appreciative of its existence, and I'm curious where it came from.

Anyone know anything?
By Nick Reecy
Jan 15, 2017
Bumped into Steve Cheyney today and learned that he established and continues to maintenance the trail system that tours the Mecca area. Props to Steve for all the hard work!

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