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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
    Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in The Bowling Alley

    Featured Route For The Bowling Alley
    Rock Climbing Photo: Mark below the easy roof around the 2nd-3rd bolt.

    Lucky Strike 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Colorado : Boulder Canyon : ... : Main Crag
    5.11c (R=Rolofson). Like many routes on the wall, the grading may be soft or simply not the same for everyone. LS is the furthest left of the routes on the Bowling Alley proper and just right of the Mineshaft. Run up through some funky blocks for about 5.10 and then surmount the bulge on sloper moves. It has solid rock, but this is a bit weird for my taste....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Shane on Take the Termites Bowling.
    Shane on Take the Termites Bowling.

    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 Sofia 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?
    By Ginny Keith
    Sep 5, 2017
    MISSING! Pink Solution size 40. Please comment if you find. Lost on Sunday the 27th.

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