|Nine Mile Hill
Nine Mile Hill
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|Administrators: ||Jesse Zacher, Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman|
|Submitted By: ||Matthew Seymour on Oct 15, 2009|
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BETA PHOTO: The long pumpy traverse along lower East Creek in ...
The climbing along Nine Mile Hill exists on the Cretaceous-era Dakota Sandstone formation. Although not as solid as its famous Wingate brother, the Dakota is certainly capable of moments of brilliance. Several cliffs along Nine Mile Hill have been developed with both traditional crack climbs and bolted sport routes. However, the main draw along Nine Mile Hill is bouldering.
The boulder fields along CO-141 extend the entire nine miles from the Gunnison river to the top of the Uncompagre Plateau, at an average width of over a mile. Now that is a lot of boulders! It is true that a lot of these boulders don't contain climbable rock; for every climbable boulder there are perhaps 5 unclimbable boulders. But in an area where the boulders literally number in the thousands, that leaves about (hmmm lets see [several X 1,000 X (1/6)= uhmmm]) a lot of climbable rock. Whats more, a lot of those boulders that have routes have amazing routes.
The bouldering in this area is still largely undeveloped, and much that has been developed has gone unreported. This often gives the bouldering an adventurous feel.
The earliest known bouldering in this area was developed in the late '80s and early '90s by the climbers heading out to the main canyon. Many areas were developed throughout the '90s, and there were a few chipping incidents whose offenders shall go nameless here. Many of the classic areas were explored and developed by the reticent hardman Matt Lisenby and friends throughout the late '90s and early 2000s. Many more strong climbers have developed boulders as of late. Several of them have posted these areas to this database, and I will let them tell their own stories.
The land in the Nine Mile Hile area is all BLM, and few regulations are in place. There is no camping in the East Creek Day Use Area. Once you pass the cattle guard at the base of the real hill there is legal at large camping with the usual 14 day limit. Please help keep this area free of regulation by being respectful of this great resource.
From Grand Junction, Colorado, head south out of town on US 50, towards Montrose and Delta. After traveling about 9 miles south of Grand Junction, turn right on CO-141, toward Gateway. This intersection is located in the small town of Whitewater.
The Nine Mile Hill area begins about 1 mile past this intersection and continues along CO-141 for about, you guessed it, nine miles.
Driving directions to crags are generally measured from the intersection of CO-141 and US 50, or from the cattle guard just past East Creek Day Use Area and the beginning of Nine Mile Hill proper.
517 Total Routes
['4 Stars',22],['3 Stars',160],['2 Stars',266],['1 Star',56],['Bomb',3]
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Knife Wrench! V4 6B
: Grand Junction area
: ... : Scrubs Boulder
Start on the overhung southwest side of the boulder and begin to move out and right. Use not bad holds, then head around the corner and start to move up. I loved it. I thought it was a lot of fun. The top out is kind of sketchy with some large boulders underneath, but it's worth the little bit of scare....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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BETA PHOTO: Traverse wall along Hwy 141 at the bottom of Nine ...
East Creek in the Fall makes for scenic climbing a...
Some very pretty lichen and sandstone combinations...
BETA PHOTO: Bucket Racer Boulder.
Nine Mile fossil.
|Comments on Nine Mile Hill
May 27, 2013
While I absolutely applaud the new route activity going on on the long overlooked walls lining this canyon, you guys need to start using painted hangers. It is getting pretty bad. You can bet the land managers see it too.
Aug 30, 2013
I was climbing Four Blocks Crag out in Nine Mile Canyon with a friend last night, Aug. 29th, and my friend accidentally pulled our rope with a knot in the end. It was too dark to climb it again, and so we left it. We came back the next day and SOMEONE HAD STOLEN OUR ROPE!! I would appreciate if anyone knows about this to please contact me and help us get our rope back, so we can continue to climb another day. Thank you.