The bouldering at Hartman Rocks can be best described as "limitless". The thousands of acres at Hartman Rocks contain some of the best bouldering in the state of Colorado (yes, the whole state). Similar to bishop and Joshua Tree, the boulders at Hartmans will definately do a number on your fingertips. The problems run the spectrum with technical slabs, powerful crimping, splitter cracks, improbable sequences on 'non-holds', and some of the best mind-bending highballs around. The Areas and Problems listed here barely scratch the surface of the potential at Hartmans. With so many boulders and hoards of new problems going up almost daily it can be hard to keep track of it all. Please use this page to post up new and old problems so we can start documenting this amazing climbing resource.
Bouldering at Hartmans is far from 'new' If any old-timers out there have any good first ascent info or other entertaining stories, let 'em rip!
Because Hartman Rocks is such a large area and directions can be confusing, try to post good beta photos of the areas to make their identification easier.
99 Total Routes
['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',54],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
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At the top of Kill Hill, park in the first area on the right after the cattle guard. You will see two grouping of rock, one to the right and the other to the left. Water Groove is located on the southwest corner of the right grouping. It basically looks like an egg balancing tip down on some rocks. A water groove ascends the south corner in an obvious well.. water groove. Good luck. I have yet to put this one together....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 7, 2010
So I'm from South Dakota and I'm here in Gunnison couch surfing and decided to head up to Hartman just to see what the bouldering was like. I hiked around and found this "arch-like" boulder behind white lightning and to the left. It was an extremely overhung boulder and pretty chalked up. The route appeared to climb from bottom left and traversed right under the arch before moving up and topping out on some slopers out of the arch. What route is this? great find! I'd rate it a V3-4 but I'd like to see what the local beta says.
Apr 16, 2011
It actually is an old (18 years or so) problem of Town Council member Jonathon Houck called "HOFNAR"...it's awesome to see all the psyche on Hartmans and climbing in the valley in general. Remember while you are naming your recent send, there has been three decades of climbing out in the crumbly wonderlands of Hartmans and surrounding hills by a quiet crew of old crushers. Peace!
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Apr 18, 2011
I agree, Pedropeacock!, although it's actually probably more than 4 decades. I was living out there every afternoon in 1972. By then, people had established tons of stuff already, long before I started applying flesh to that ragged, feel-so-good stone.
From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Apr 27, 2011
Will, I don't think anyone I know would be insulted. We didn't really name most of the problems, just had our own names for the rocks.
I don't know about others, but I'm just interested to find out how hard (or easy) some of the stuff we were doing was. I'll say one thing, we used to highball some of the stuff that was 5.8 or less, but you guys are hanging it out on things that we used to toprope. Of course we didn't have pads back then, just spotters, and they were usually fairly "baked".
|By JP Griffith|
From: Denver, CO
Jul 29, 2011
I was climbing on a boulder probably 50 yards NW of the main circular parking area and saw a piece of paper on the ground that said "Split Face Boulders". Does anyone know the names or difficulties of the routes on these boulders?
Also, there is a small boulder about 50 yards further on the road past "Quarter Inch Master Area". No such sign existed by this boulder, but there were two fun little crack routes on it but no chalk marks. Are there names for this rock and these routes?