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Fountain Red  

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The Fontainebleau of Arkansas--the Fountaine Red!!

Fountaine Red has a high concentration of top notch boulder problems, free camping, and a nice remote setting in the Ozarks. The uber-classic Le Beak may be the best V4 in the world, and that is just the beginning. With Fred's Cave, The Power Wall, The Invasion, and more within short walking distance, it is arguable that the Fountaine Red area is one of the best destination bouldering areas in the United States with something for everyone on perfect Southern Sandstone.

Getting There 

Cole Fennel's "Rock Climbing Arkansas" guidebook for a preliminary taste of the area. Get ready for Cole Fennel's "Bouldering Arkansas-Comprehensive" in the winter of 2010 for a full coverage of all the areas that extend out from the one and only FOUNTAINE RED!

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

22 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Fountain Red:
Tweak the Beak   V3 6A     Boulder   
Rings of Uranus   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   
Le Beak   V4 6B     Boulder   
Eat Your Oatmeal   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   
Center Spooge   V10 7C+     Boulder, 14'   
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Le Beak V4 6B  AR : Cowell Area : Fountain Red
Five Stars + . . . Seriously. This is why God/Buddha/Allah/Mother-Earth made the V4 grade--maybe the best anywhere. Start on crimps at the low right arete of the formation. Decode the straightforward-to-heaven sequence all the way out Le Beak to the world's highest friction sloper!...[more]   Browse More Classics in AR

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One of the many hallways at cowell
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By Evan Martin
From: Laramie, WY
Jan 10, 2011
I had a really difficult time finding directions for this place, so I thought I would see if I could help some people in the future.

The Coordinates for Fountaine Red's parking are. (N 3552.716') (W 9307.259')
By Jon Wood
Dec 19, 2011
It is a tad tricky to find the first time. There is only one road that intersects the highway when going through Cowell. I believe it's labeled Cowell Rd 55 or some such, but like I said it's the only road. Just pay attention, it's not really a town. Just a few houses. Head east on the dirt road otherwise known as 1200. It's about five miles. You'll pass a few ATV roads labeled with brown forest service posts. The first is 1204a on the right, then 1204b, 1204c on the left, and then 1204d. Take the left on 1204d and head uphill a short way. You'll see the rock and there you go. The camping is right there. The climbing isn't real big, but it's quality. I took my son camping there a few weeks ago. With the leaves down you can see an abundance of rock in the area. I'm sure with a bit of exploring you can find a bunch more than is in the guide book.
By Jon Wood
Mar 6, 2013
I heard a rumor about bolted monoliths past Fountain Red from a ranger at the Buffalo River. Anyone have any info on these?
By JD Borgeson
Jul 14, 2014
font also has a pretty fun little trad route a little bit down from top-hat on the same rock. its 5.9 i think. fun little break from bouldering if you have the gear.
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