Lower Mound (western cluster of boulders)
BETA PHOTO: View of west cluster from the south at sunset
There are a few good problems on the balancing boulder, on the south, east, and north sides. The problems on the north side of the balancing boulder and the adjacent northern aspect of the big boulder (to the west) are hard and rather awkward - one has a wicked rockover that tweaked my meniscus. The south face of the big boulder is a nice place to end the day, particularly on cooler evenings, as it catches the last rays of sun.
This clump of boulders is separated from the upper clumps by a little saddle, with a wide hiking trail running through it (trail goes north-south). The major landmark which can be seen well from various vantage points is a large roundish boulder (about the size of a VW bus or minivan, depending on your vintage) that balances on a pedestal. There's a well-worn trail from the saddle that leads directly to the balancing boulder, and then to the big boulder beyond.
Weather station 3.5 miles from here
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Balancing boulder problem V3 6A NM
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2 ways to do this problem. Either way, you start using the disk-shaped dark blob, about the size of a frisbee, at chest height.- Easier start uses the podium rock for feet. Start standing on it, with both hands underclinging the frisbee. Reach high to get onto the chalked sloper, match it, and work your way up from there. Some people move off the sloper with their right hand, others go up with their left.- Harder start avoids using the podium altogether, and only allows you to use the balancing ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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From: ABQ, NM
Feb 26, 2009
Everyone I know refers to this as Lower Mound.