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Submitted By: C Miller on Dec 4, 2007


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The Black Velvet Boulder, so named for the healthy accumulation of black lichen on it's north face, is a tall and impressive block with two notable problems. Classic Curl (V0+) and Black Velvet (V3) are both technical for the grade and high enough to elicit some sort of reaction from most who climb them.

Getting There 

Hike west past the western-most picnic table and then head south skirting the rocks on your left. The tall boulder with it's velvety face will be quite obvious. Plan on 5-10 minutes from the car depending upon where you've parked.

Climbing Season

For the Turtle Rock Circuit area.

Weather station 10.5 miles from here

2 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Black Velvet Boulder:
Classic Curl   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 20'   
Black Velvet   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   
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Black Velvet V3 6A  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Black Velvet Boulder
Starts from the left via a mantle (harder) or from edges slightly right and then climbs the high-angled slab with thin, delicate and balancy moves off the deck. It's possible to use the arete on the right making this slightly easier but the pure line is straight up the slab. The easiest descent is to downclimb the southwest arete and then step off (or jump) onto the flat boulder adjacent to this boulder....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By GregParker
From: Denver, CO
Dec 23, 2014
I think I left my chalk bag here a on Friday, Dec 20. Please message me if you grabbed it.
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