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Sad Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,300'
Location: 37.4176, -118.43277 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tim Steele on Nov 25, 2007
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Eric Wolff gives Los Locos a go. Photo: Sulli


Bishop Tuff boulders like the Happy Boulders, but can be cooler in spots due to the narrow, catacomb-like channels and caves. The area has a dense collection of problems, but caters more to climbers in the V6 - V10 range than the neighboring Happy Boulders, though some easier classics, such as China Doll (V0) and 'Still Life' (V3) do exist.

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Getting There 

From Bishop take road 6 North. Left on Five Bridges Road. Left again on Chalk Bluff Road. Park in pullout on your left after about a mile. The Sads can also be approached from Casa Diablo Road, but the parking lot at the top of the canyon is small and parking off road is highly discouraged by the BLM.

Rock Climbing Photo: Sad Boulders.  from the top of the approach lookin...
Sad Boulders. from the top of the approach looking back towards the parking area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

197 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',59],['2 Stars',74],['1 Star',52],['Bomb',3]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sad Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sad Boulders:
The Groove   V0 4     Boulder, 12'   Misery Area : Flake Boulder
China Doll   V0 4     Boulder, 18'   Molly Area
The Great Dominions   V1 5     Boulder   Molly Area
Prozac Nation   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Prozac Nation Bluffs : Prozac Nation Boulder
Maximum Relaxum   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Death Star Cave
The Fang   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Sad Parrot Area : The Bird Cage Boulder
Whiskey, Beer and Splif Hits for Breakfast   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Kindergarten Area : Rim Job Boulder
Mothership Connection   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Ice Caves
Molly Dyno   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 7'   Molly Area
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)   V5 6C     Boulder, 18'   Strength in Numbers Area
Erotic Terrorist   V5 6C     Boulder, 14'   Ice Caves
Molly   V5 6C     Boulder, 13'   Molly Area
Fueled By Hate   V5 6C     Boulder, 8'   Ice Caves
Anti-Hero   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Death Star Cave
Chizam   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Ice Caves
French Press   V6 7A     Boulder   Misery Area : Misery Cave
Rio's Crack   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Rio's Crack Area
Lawnmower Man   V7 7A+     Boulder, 18'   Los Locos Area
Los Locos   V7 7A+     Boulder, 25'   Los Locos Area
Pow Pow   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 10'   Pow Pow Area : Pow Pow Alcove
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Featured Route For Sad Boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: Eric Wolff gives Los locos a go.  Photo: Sulli

Los Locos V7 7A+  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Los Locos Area
Work straight up from a blocky starting hold on "slopey" jugs to a right sidepull up high. Now the fun begins, traverse left using a hard to find sidepull, not the obvious one, and a series of bad edges with terrible feet, all while staring at the boulder that you could hit if you blew it in a bad way. Finish the hard section with a scary pop to a sloping but well textured hueco. From here continue easily to the top of the boulder....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sad Rock
Sad Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: back of the sads near the ice caves
back of the sads near the ice caves
Rock Climbing Photo: Sad Pockets
Sad Pockets
Rock Climbing Photo: Sad Boulders.  from the top of the approach lookin...
Sad Boulders. from the top of the approach lookin...

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By GhaMby Eagan
From: Heaven
Apr 2, 2012
BLM would prefer if NOONE used the upper parking lot. I would rather hike in from the bottom since it is faster than the drive around and less wear on my car.
By splitclimber
Jun 14, 2012
yeah, i hate pulling up at the bottom thinking no one is out in the sad's, then see tons of people and realize they all come in from the top. fooey.

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