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The Bowling Alley Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,073'
Location: 40.0021, -105.4127 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    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.

    To help reorganize this area, this crag is divided into the Main Crag & Lower Right Side.

    Getting There 

    Park as for Practice Rock, ~8.1 mi West of Elephant Buttresses. Hike up & right from Practice Rock.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 5.5 miles from here

    34 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',11],['5.11',11],['5.12',6],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in The Bowling Alley

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Bowling Alley:
    Pooky Proof   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Main Crag
    Mosquito Burrito   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 105'   Main Crag
    Splitting Hares   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Right Side
    Chihuahua Enchilada   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Crag
    Bad Girls Get Spanked   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Main Crag
    Father Figure   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Right Side
    Shady Deal   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lower Right Side
    Midge Squadron   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Main Crag
    A Tall Cool One   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lower Right Side
    Meteor Rhoadblock   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Main Crag
    Next to Nothing   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 2 pitches, 60'   Main Crag
    Super Bon Bon   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Main Crag
    Amazing Face   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 2 pitches   Main Crag
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    Comments on The Bowling Alley Add Comment
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    By Chris Cavallaro
    Dec 1, 2005
    Does anyone know about the new climbs above the Bowling Alley? Is there a new guidebook which covers these climbs? Any info much appreciated!

    Chris
    By Rich C
    Aug 11, 2008
    There is now a lot of very very loose rocks/boulders along the approach to the top tier because of the rescue yesterday. BE CAREFUL
    By S.cort Cortopassi
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 26, 2009
    Red chalk bag found under the 5.9 or 5.10a behind tree route last week. Does this belong to anyone?

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