Philip Mothena sending the Bozoo Roof
Bozoo has long been considered a "local crag." This idea along with it's back wood's locale and it's proximity to the New River Gorge has kept the bouldering at Bozoo under the radar. Don't let this fool you, the bouldering here is excellent and holds it's own against many hyped up bouldering locations in the US. If you are a V9+ climber this is not your spot unless you want to develop. There are many beginner problems here but the large number of moderates in the V4-V8 range is where Bozoo really shines.
We are currently working to "renovate" the entire Bozoo bouldering section, look for tons of updated beta, pictures and topo's over the next few months!
Development has gone on quietly at Bozoo for nearly 20 years. Many that have passed through have contributed to the development but their efforts have just barely been "documented" through a fragmented oral tradition. With the help of several early developers we are working to create a solid online database and history of the Bozoo Bouldering here on MP.
The first wave of dedicated developers were Shawn MaCauley, Andy Quillen, Ed Lyman, Jonathon Kingston, Matt Behrens, Jeremy Kane, British Mike and Kenny Parker from about 94'-04'. A second wave of development and "re-development" happened between 2004 and 2012 by Truc Allen, Adam Walker, Josh Hepler, Travis Melin and others.
Bouldering at Bozoo is super beta and weather intensive, more so than many places you will visit. Don't be surprised to get stymied on problems well below your level. This also makes even the easier problems worth trying. Grades are considered stiff by many. My experience is that if you can boulder a certain grade here it will translate well to most any other boulderfield.
Though Bozoo is boulder-able year round you will suffer badly in the summer. The whole area is generally south facing and seems to have a solar oven effect in the river valley. For the dedicated sender, iIdeal temps are around 35-50 degrees and sunny for most of the south facing problems and 50-60 for what you can find in the shade. This is a great Winter Bouldering location. If it is mid-winter and sunny, you can climb here, even after snow on a sunny day. The rock is also less sensitive to failure after rain/snow than other local areas like McAfee's. Please stay away from flakes immediately after the rain.
Thanks to Bingo Bango for putting together this video to show a good sampling of 5 Main Area Classics (Hershey Squirt, Driver 8, Firepole, Grinding for Tips, The Pocket Problem) and Ape Rage over in the Project Area.
Follow directions to the Main Bozoo crag to access most of the areas. Some of the sub-areas have different approaches that will be described in their descriptions.
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