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Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders)

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Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders) Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 37.41601, -118.43994 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, John Robinson, M.Morley, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Adam Stackhouse, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: AWinters on Jan 22, 2008
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Description 

Just north of Bishop the floor of the Owens Valley rises abruptly forming a 300 foot-high volcanic plateau that runs for miles from east to west, stretching north to the higher Sherwin Plateau. Along the southern tip numerous canyons and washes containing thousands of boulders can be found slicing into and through the plateau - including the two that make up the Happy and Sad bouldering areas. Dozens of other rises and rock bands are scattered throughtout to quench the explorer's thirst.

Pack out ALL trash, control your dogs, and avoid ALL plants and vegetation! They are disappearing rapidly in these areas due to heavy foot traffic! Please let them grow.

Avoid ALL physical contact with Petroglyphs


This area is often referred to as 'The Mesa' to locals...

Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the Sads towards Bishop.
Looking down from the Sads towards Bishop.

Getting There 

From US 395 in Bishop, take US 6 north out of town towards Benton/Chalfant/Tonopah. After 1.3 miles, turn left on Five Bridges Rd. Follow this down the straightaway around the left-hand curve, past the Aggregate Plant to a 4-way intersection where the pavement turns to dirt. Take a left on Chalk Bluff Rd. for the Happy and Sad Boulders.

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Climbing Season



Weather station 3.6 miles from here

651 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',28],['3 Stars',175],['2 Stars',239],['1 Star',188],['Bomb',6]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',176],['V2-3',247],['V4-5',100],['V6-7',69],['V8-9',35],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',20],['>=V14',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders):
The Pursuit of Wow   V0 4 PG13     Boulder, 20'   Tom Peter's Slab Area : Tom Peter's Slab
China Doll   V0 4     Boulder, 18'   Sad Boulders : Molly Area
Corner Route   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 18'   Slow Dance/Gleaner Area : Corner Boulder
Heavenly Path   V1 5 PG13     Boulder, 25'   Central Happiness Area : Heavenly Path Boulder
Hard Crack   V3 6A     Boulder   Happy Boulders : Hard Crack Area
Rio's Secret Arete   V3 6A     Boulder   Sixty Foot Woman/Shadow Pla... : Secret Arete Boulder
Black Magic   V3 6A R     Boulder, 20'   Blood Simple Area : Black Magic Boulder
Solarium   V4- 6B     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Solarium Boulder
Ketron Classic   V4 6B     Boulder   Savannah Area : Savannah Boulder
Molly   V5 6C     Boulder, 13'   Sad Boulders : Molly Area
Serengeti   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Serengeti Area : Serengeti Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)   V5 6C     Boulder, 18'   Sad Boulders : Strength in Numbers Area
Mister Witty   V6 7A PG13     Boulder, 15'   West Rim Area : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
Atari   V6 7A R     Boulder, 14'   East Rim Area : Atari Area
Every Color You Are   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   West Rim Area : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
The Hulk   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Happy Boulder
Lawnmower Man   V7 7A+     Boulder, 18'   Sad Boulders : Los Locos Area
Los Locos   V7 7A+     Boulder, 25'   Sad Boulders : Los Locos Area
Morning Dove White   V7-8 7B     Boulder   West Rim Area : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
Pow Pow   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 10'   Pow Pow Area : Pow Pow Alcove
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Start low and reach up to a good pocket. From the pocket reach up left to a flake which is followed to a move right and a good undercut flake.From the flake make the crux move to a good small spike like hold and from here climb directly on up the wall on good hidden holds....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Evening session in the Tablelands.
Evening session in the Tablelands.
Rock Climbing Photo: The south end of the Tablelands, looking west towa...
The south end of the Tablelands, looking west towa...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sad boulders, Bishop
Sad boulders, Bishop
Rock Climbing Photo: Jona Price, happy at the Happies. Photo by Blitzo.
Jona Price, happy at the Happies. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: unusual rock on the Tablelands
unusual rock on the Tablelands
Rock Climbing Photo: KK on a superb lip traverse on the 'Orgasm Boulder...
KK on a superb lip traverse on the 'Orgasm Boulder...
Rock Climbing Photo: Andy Patari in the Tablelands
Andy Patari in the Tablelands
Rock Climbing Photo: The Volcanic Tablelands
The Volcanic Tablelands
Rock Climbing Photo: The Sierra Nevada skyline from the top of the Tabl...
The Sierra Nevada skyline from the top of the Tabl...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the Sads towards Bishop.
Looking down from the Sads towards Bishop.
Rock Climbing Photo: Happies
Happies
Rock Climbing Photo: Found this guy close in the area... and he found a...
Found this guy close in the area... and he found a...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Buttermilk's
The Buttermilk's
Rock Climbing Photo: Sierras from The Tablelands. Photo by Blitzo.
Sierras from The Tablelands. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Aerili enjoying the Volcanic Tablelands. Photo by ...
Aerili enjoying the Volcanic Tablelands. Photo by ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Don't mess with the locals...
Don't mess with the locals...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tablelands. Photo by Blitzo.
Tablelands. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Owens Valley meets the Volcanic Tablelands
The Owens Valley meets the Volcanic Tablelands
Rock Climbing Photo: Somewhere out on the Tablelands...
Somewhere out on the Tablelands...
Rock Climbing Photo: Somewhere out on the tablelands...
Somewhere out on the tablelands...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cloud belt and storm on the Wheeler Crest from the...
Cloud belt and storm on the Wheeler Crest from the...
Rock Climbing Photo: A weathery day in the central Tablelands
A weathery day in the central Tablelands
Rock Climbing Photo: Happy's; Hall of Mirrors
Happy's; Hall of Mirrors
Rock Climbing Photo: Nate Bowe on 'El Hueco de Hunta' v5, one the best ...
Nate Bowe on 'El Hueco de Hunta' v5, one the best ...

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By AWinters
Administrator
From: NH
Jan 22, 2009
People need to settle down with the tick marks, it's getting ridiculous. It seems almost every boulder I walk up to I have to spend 10 minutes brushing off these eyesores! Come on, if you make a tick brush that ugly bastard off when you leave the boulder.

Also, who needs tick marks on STARTING footholds??? Ridiculous.
By Euan Cameron
Administrator
From: Redlands and Mammoth Lakes
Jan 22, 2009
I agree it is getting out of hand. It seems to be 'the' in thing this year to mark it up.

Seriously it isn't a gym, tick marks don't belong outside.
By C-Tuttle
Jul 14, 2011
By Leonie
Nov 7, 2016
Does anyone have any photos from the happy and sad boulders I can use? PM me, thanks!