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Western Bouldering Area Rock Climbing 


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Location: 33.52083, -111.97165 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Located at Echo Canyon Trailhead and has numerous large boulders. There are many traverses that are clearly marked with chalk, with most problems being easier than V3. Rock quality leaves something to be desired, but it's solid enough to climb on.

Open from Sunrise to Sunset.

Most boulders are in a 'closed' area, but as long as climbers are respectful to it, everything will work out.

There are ~50 notable problems here, which are mostly in the guidebook.

Getting There 

Go to Echo Canyon Trailhead (N Echo Canyon Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85018). Paved road with parking lot.

Follow the main trail from the parking lot. After 500 feet or so you'll hit a large boulder with pockets. This is just before the Ramada on the right. There is a climbers trail on the left of the boulder.

This trail will lead to nearly all the main boulders, though some boulders are easier to get to by taking the main trail further. There are other boulders past the Ramada on the right and others to the left of the climbers trail.

Climbing Season

For the Camelback Mountain area.

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=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',2],['V2-3',2],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Flaming Testicle V3+ 6A+  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : Western Bouldering Area
The most popular problem in the area. This variation makes use of a few pockets to go straight up after the testicle, requiring more strength.Beta:Start on obvious, large rocks to the right and behind the testicle. Match on the testicle, using its good holds on the rear (flat side). Right hand to small 2 finger pocket above testicle. Climb up using the lip to get to the large pocket, cross, and finish on a bigger lip.Crux:The crux varies depending on height/reach, but it's u...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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