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The Potato Chip Boulder

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The Potato Chip Boulder Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: Peter Beal on Jul 28, 2009
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  • Description 

    This boulder is a popular warm-up area located on the eastern edge of Lower Chaos, close to the lower lake below Lake Haiyaha. It is the second formation you will encounter after the walk in. It is easily identified by a long, slightly overhanging north face and a deep gully on the west end, on the right as you face the wall. The Potato Chip (V7, sds V8 or 9) climbs an obvious series of crimps out of the gully. Other nondescript problems can be found on the wall to the left.

    Getting There 

    Follow the usual approach to Lower Chaos, rockhop along the edge of the lower lake, pass the Warm-Up Boulder heading west and The Potato Chip will show up on the left shortly.

    Climbing Season

    For the Chaos Canyon Bouldering area.

    Weather station 9.5 miles from here

    5 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in The Potato Chip Boulder

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Potato Chip Boulder:
    Middle Warm up   V1 5     Boulder, Alpine, 12'   
    Potato Chip Layback   V3 6A     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   
    Potato Chip Pinch   V5 6C     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   
    Potato Chip   V7- 7A+     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   
    Potato Chip Sit Start   V8 7B PG13     Boulder, Alpine, 20'   
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    Featured Route For The Potato Chip Boulder
    Rock Climbing Photo: Erin in send mode on this nice problem.

    Potato Chip V7- 7A+  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : The Potato Chip Boulder
    This climb begins on a decent left hand crimp and a good right hand sidepull. Cross left hand, bad right hand, bump to the "potato chip" hold. Shuffle feet, left hand up to a bad intermediate pinch and bump to a nice incut jug/crimp. Match. Left hand up to a decent sidepulling crimp right foot up. Toss to a decent sidepull--the top of it is a jug. Stay cool on the topout or move slightly left on jugs.Crux is moving to the nice incut jug/crimp. Two stars for good holds and nice movement. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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    By acouncell
    From: Estes Park, CO
    Aug 24, 2009
    Does anyone know the name of the boulder directly SW of the Potato Chip Boulder? You know, the short, gently overhanging one with the top-out through the tree branches...thanks in advance.
    By Peter Beal
    From: Boulder Colorado
    Aug 25, 2009
    I think you are referring to Geeks of the Industry, V7.