BETA PHOTO: Jeff Russell on the backside of Graduation Boulder...
The bouldering near/on Graduation Boulder is the best in North Cheyenne Canyon. The approach is 3 seconds, so it is convenient. It is usually climbable all-year around (unless it just snowed, of course). The rock is solid, with dozens of problems of varying difficulty. On Graduation Boulder, the south, creek-facing side has several good highballs, the north, road-facing side has great warm-ups, and the west overhang sports the best problem on the boulder, Graduation (V1), a fun, jugfest. The boulder has been traversed at a hard grade (I've heard V10?). Post-Graduation Boulder isn't nearly as good, but also has some good problems, namely River Rumble (V4), a highball.
Climbers have been bouldering here for decades. Several years ago I thought I knew every problem on this boulder, until old-timer Harvey Carter showed me about twenty new problems and variations I'd never seen before. In many cases, these problems were done long ago, statically, and without climbing shoes or chalk. The photos only show the most obvious lines, so keep in mind that there are literally dozens of other problems on this boulder.
GRADUATION BOULDER PROBLEMS:
1. GRADUATION TRAVERSE - travese the main face and finish up the main problem 2. CORNER PROBLEM - start on the slopers and go straight up on crimps 3. GRADUATION - the classic line, ascend the overhang using jugs and jams 4. ARETE PROBLEM - start as low as possible and climb the arching arete 5. FACE PROBLEM - start on the arete but go up the face, avoiding the arete 6. FACE PROBLEM - follow hard crimps up the face 7. FACE PROBLEM - more hard crimps up the face 8. RAMP - ascend the prominent rail cutting across the face 9. CREEK WALL - from good holds at the base of the rail, move big to a slopey topout, highball 10. SHORT OVERHANG - start at chest height and use fun holds to surmount the short overhang
POST-GRADUATION BOULDER PROBLEMS (Problems face the trail):
1. TOUGH GUY - the full right-to-left traverse
2. RIVER RUMBLE - climbs the main, north-facing overhang to the highball slab above
From the park entrance, drive 0.7 miles and pullout on either side of the road. Park near a large, obvious boulder (Graduation Boulder) on the south (left) side of the road. If you miss this boulder, get an eye transplant.
Post-Graduation Boulder is about 40 feet directly uphill from Graduation Boulder, on the trail.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Graduation Boulder and Post-Graduation B:
When the crack running up the west side of the rock flattens out you can throw to a nice pincher on the southern arrete. From there it's whatever you can find. I'd like to hear if anyone can come up with something.
This is probably one of the best boulders in the springs for quality and quanity of problems on a single boulder. The problems on the creek side are a little bit more committing and harder but are definately three star quality.
Oh, people come up with quite a bit, actually. I think there are probably hundreds of eliminates on the western bit o' this boulder. If it didn't bore me so much, I could spend a lifetime there and never climb something twice. And it IS a sweet boulder.
By Chris treggE Administrator From: Madison, WI Jul 30, 2007
This is a great boulder and an excellent way to kill a couple hours. Couldn't pull off the right to left traverse-- way too pumped, but the rest of the obvious lines are quite do-able and have reasonably safe landings without a pad.
Absolutely one of my favorite spots to chill out and climb. I'm still woundering what that problem is called Over the River. I posted a pic of it. Personally I would call it a classic. I never can have enough fun with those 2 finger crimps on either side! Lovin' every bit of it, man!
Andrew - Yes, the traverse has been done many times over (left, right, barefoot, etc...), and before you were born. On another note: I've been climbing this boulder for many years now, and this year someone feels the need to tick mark everything with chalk. It's starting to look pretty trashy, also after it rains your tick marks turn into mushy slick spots-NOT cool.
"If you don't bring a brush bouldering, then (I hate to break it to you) you are a gumbie." I've never seen or heard of John Gill using a brush while bouldering (or tick marks for that matter). So are you saying John Gill was a gumbie?