This boulder is more an aesthetic pronouncement from the lower ridge than a stand alone boulder. Indeed, the only climbing is found on the wildly overhanging West face. Obvious and clean, this face is a fun time.
This could have been called The Wave, and avoided some confusion. I'm not sure the 2" X 4" hold that is supposed to be the namesake is as identifiable. A nice rail for topping out, to be sure, but not the rock's best feature. Heck, with a cool name like "The Wave" all sorts of route names come to mind...but alas, it wasn't to be. Besides, just above on the upper ridge is a route climbing nice pockets that truly does culminate in a stylish, easily identifiable 2"X4" hold that sticks out on the face. Now That should be called the 2X4 Boulder - but what do I know?
This rock is deceptive. The bottom half slopes inward, leading to a nice horizontal break that affords good edges, and the top half overhangs by up to 45 degrees in spots. It looks like it would be cake from the bottom, then it rears up and gives the full assault. There are nice edges on the right, and horrible holds on the left, but the top out is bomber no matter where you climb.
Start from the South Parking Lot (Fawn Hollow trail parking) and walk out past the Spaceship. Keep walking, passing the Little Boulder and Crayola Rock. A stretch of trail then leads to more boulders on the right. The most obvious is the Short Bus, a square boulder with a large hueco in its bottom left side. Find the trail that leads up to the Short Bus, and keep following the faint trail uphill to the SE another 25 yards to the Lower Ridge. The 2X4 Boulder will be about to crash down on you when you reach the Lower Ridge.
This route really doesn't have a name. Heck, it isn't even in any guidebook. However, when I first tried the V2 on this rock, this seemed a natural escape from the vicious overhanging edges on that route, and turned out to be quite fun.Start on the horizontal flake at midheight. Climb small but nice edges up the overhanging face to a clean, sharp horizontal edge. Spot the flat-topped edge to the right, set up and fire for it from the horizontal. Work straight up from this flat-topped edge t...[more]Browse More Classics in CO