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Junior Right - SDS 
Smooth as a Baby's Ass 

Shard Boulder Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: E. Ramos on Mar 13, 2004
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BETA PHOTO: Shard Boulder (3-12-2004)

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  • Description 

    Climbing is not allowed on the face of this boulder behind the sign any longer due to it's proximity to the nearby Equinox Marker.

    The Shard Boulder is a good friction warmup for a day of 'solving problems'. Part of the Indian Wave Boulder circuit, there are 3 routes on this rock.

    Junior (V-easy) is the easiest rated route, but also the most fun while laying back and using friction technique up the arete. Smooth as a Baby's Ass (V3) is all friction, as is Babyface (V-easy) but diagonal up the 'dike'. An alternative route would be to traverse the entire rock. It's not high, so downclimbing and jumping are not much of a risk

    "Shard" may be too warm come mid-day all the way through the afternoon.

    Getting There 

    From the Barker Dam parking lot follow the trail head about 30 yards, turn right (east), and follow the boulders along the east trail until you see the the edge of "Shard" pointing directly at you :)

    Climbing Season

    For the Barker Dam Bouldering area.

    Weather station 8.8 miles from here

    4 Total Climbing Routes

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

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    By Jeff Sewell
    Mar 27, 2004
    I always went for the traverse. What is considered in today's terms? V1 or V2?Old Skewl 10c- ish? ('cept it's 3 feet off the ground and breast climbing to boot
    By C Miller
    Jan 26, 2009
    Please note that climbing is no longer allowed on the face behind the sign posted near this boulder due to it's proximity to the nearby Equinox marker. There's a Park Sevice sign conveniently placed right under the problem called Junior informing of the restriction. The exception to this rule may be the problem on the northwest arete which doesn't lie behind the sign.