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The Dark Side Rock Climbing 


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Location: 43.5368, -116.0949 View Map  Incorrect?
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Chris taking his first whipper onto gear on Promis...

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Description 

This crag is host to a handful of nice sport and traditional routes on the south side of the Boise River, directly above the diversion dam. Facing NNE, the wall is sunny in the early morning and generally goes into the shade before noon.

Getting There 

From downtown Boise, head out Warm Springs Ave until its intersection with Highway 21. Rather than turning left to go up-river, turn right and drive ~1 mile up the hill on the highway, turning left into the Oregon Trail interpretive site. Keep an eye out for E Lake Forest Dr on the right hand side as it is directly across the road and makes for a good marker.
If coming from I-84, this intersection will be found a few miles down Highway 21 (Gowen Rd).

From here, approach as for Green Acres, hiking close to the rim of the canyon, staying left when possible. It is roughly .75 mile to Green Acres and the Dark Side can be found by hiking just a minute past it.

Climbing Season

For the Black Cliffs area.

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',5],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['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 Dark Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Dark Side:
Promiscuity Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For The Dark Side
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt at the crux of The Virgin

The Virgin 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  ID : Black Cliffs : The Dark Side
This route starts out with somewhat insecure moves straight off the deck, with the added bonus of a bad landing if you blow it before making the first clip. The climbing remains technical and sustained until a restful stance below the obvious crux of the route, the overhanging wall split by a tips-width crack. Clip the bolt(probably very hard to reach for short people), and go for it! Anchors are a body length above the crux bolt....[more]   Browse More Classics in ID

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