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Jul 29, 2016
Hi All!

firstly, I have had a little search (although my computer knowledge is minimal) so sorry if this has been covered before.

I am travelling from New Zealand, and wanting to spend a week or 2 in boulder while waiting for some friends to arrive so I can go to Tensleep, WY.

So I have a few questions:

1:can you boulder in boulder without the use of a vehicle reliably?

2: Is there a store somewhere that will hire boulder pads?

3: where is a good place to stay when on a budget? I will probably look for some friendly couchsurfers as my first go-to,. but failing that I need somewhere to stay without breaking my pocket

4: (2 part question) if all else fails and I have to hire a car,
-from Denver, any personal recomendations for good price car rental?
-somewhere I can stay that I can sleep in car, but have cooking facilities?

5: I see a lot about highball bouldering around boulder, but is there much standard height stuff around? (lost my nerve with a broken ankle.... now struggle with highballs)

also, if anyone feels like showing a Kiwi (new zealander) around some cool boulders? I will be around V5-V7 (depending on how grades compare to other places)

Thanks in advance for your help!
Rob Lucking
Joined Dec 24, 2015
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Jul 29, 2016
1) Theres plenty of bouldering that you could hike to from Boulder--flatirons, flagstaff, etc.
2) Not sure but I bet. Call a few gyms, or check with Neptunes mountaineering, someone will rent pads
3) Staying around boulder is tricky. If you have a car, theres free camping at upper dream canyon (offshoot of boulder canyon). more of a routes area though. Discreet sleeping in your car is also quite possible in town
4) Dont know about rental cars
5) The bouldering around here is varied in terms of height

When is your trip? Its hot around Boulder and the temps wont be ideal in the summer, but you could have an okay time in the morning shade. Check out Guanella Pass maybe--free camping at a high elevation with boulders ~ 1.25 hr southwest of Boulder.

Good Luck,
Andy, a boulder local
Andrewwhitty
Joined Sep 7, 2014
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Jul 29, 2016
Yes, you can hike to bouldering. Flagstaff and the Satellite Boulders are your best local bets that can be walked to.

The Spot rents pads, and I think Neptune does too.

Budget? No car? Couch surfing or camping with the homeless people along Boulder Creek are probably your best bet.

There are highballs, but most of Flagstaff and the Satellites are not highball.
Zach M
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jun 15, 2011
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Jul 29, 2016
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Q1. There is a lot of bouldering at the west edge of town. Go to mountainproject.com/v/flatiron... and select Boulder from the drop down menu for Route Type. Lots of stuff within walking distance, but expect longish walks and possible city bus rides (30 to 120 min depending on where you start), or borrow or buy a cheap used bike. Note that the local buses (RTD system) span the flatirons north to south and also go up and down Boulder Canyon.

Q4: Regarding renting a car, if you are flying into Denver, better to take an RTD bus from the DIA to Boulder, and then do a local car rental from a Boulder office. Renting a car from the airport is about 2X the price, and picking up and returning a car at the same place also saves a lot on cost.

See mountainproject.com/v/camping-... for cheap ways to stay around Boulder.
Tim Meehan
From Boulder, CO
Joined Apr 12, 2016
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Jul 29, 2016
Thanks everyone for the replies so far!

Ideally I will try hire a car, but it really does depend what it's going to cost (still researching that)

As for timing, I'll be there around the end of august/into september so my understanding is it should be ok?

Thanks again to everyone!
Rob Lucking
Joined Dec 24, 2015
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Jul 29, 2016
Hey Rob, if you find a way to Golden you're welcome to borrow our two. Haven't used them much this season and feel bad with all the time they've spent in the garage. PM if interested. Shop tech
From Golden, CO
Joined Jul 18, 2014
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Jul 29, 2016
hey mate, welcome to town....

1. yes, bouldering nearby, borrow my guidebook
2. not sure, try Neptune Mountaineering or offer somebody a few bucks on MP.com
3. i'd check with the Boulder Adventure Lodge. you could conceivably ride a bike up there (couple miles west of town) and pre-floods (2014), they were allowing tent-camping on their property. not sure now. by far the cheapest (legal) option in/around town.
4. priceline for a rental car or look locally (avoid renting at the airport, as it's expensive).
5. yeah, mellow bouldering, plenty of people to hang with, too. me? my ankle is shot and my knees are pissed off...so i rarely do it! but plenty of other young senders to keep you sane....

lemme know what else i can do to help-----rob
coppolillo
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Jul 30, 2016
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I haven't been keeping tabs on the situation but there was (is?) a fire up in Tensleep. Just a heads up to check and see if the canyon is open to climbing. Brent Apgar
From Out of the Loop
Joined Oct 20, 2007
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Jul 30, 2016
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Brent Apgar wrote:
I haven't been keeping tabs on the situation but there was (is?) a fire up in Tensleep. Just a heads up to check and see if the canyon is open to climbing.


inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4877...

The switchbacks at east end of the closure area split the canyon in half roughly. It would appear that the upper part of the canyon is open. And at 85% containment it is likely in 2 weeks that all climbing will resume. But...that's a guess.
Eliot Augusto
From Boulder, CO
Joined Dec 29, 2013
79 points
Aug 5, 2016
Thanks everyone for your replies! They are very very useful to me! :)

So I do have one more question, and this one is a bit cheeky,
I am looking on Couch Surfing as well, but is there anyone out there in Boulder that has a couch/piece of floor for a friendly Kiwi to sleep on, and the want to show me some cool boulders?

payment in the way of adventure and climbing stories from Europe, I cook a good meal and clean up after myself!

again, thanks to everyone for the help!
Rob Lucking
Joined Dec 24, 2015
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Aug 5, 2016
Rob Lucking wrote:
Thanks everyone for your replies! They are very very useful to me! :) So I do have one more question, and this one is a bit cheeky, I am looking on Couch Surfing as well, but is there anyone out there in Boulder that has a couch/piece of floor for a friendly Kiwi to sleep on, and the want to show me some cool boulders? payment in the way of adventure and climbing stories from Europe, I cook a good meal and clean up after myself! again, thanks to everyone for the help!


You're on an overseas trip and can't afford your own accomodations? I'm sorry - we can't allow you in our country unless you can support yourself without mooching. :)
FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
284 points
Aug 7, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: who did name you?
Because I added that info about the fire, I can say it wasn't an issue. I just got back from Ten Sleep and felt no impact. I heard one person say a particular crag was closed earlier in the week...but that was it. Eliot Augusto
From Boulder, CO
Joined Dec 29, 2013
79 points


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