The Flagstaff area is a boulderer's paradise. There are more than a dozen different bouldering areas all within a short drive from downtown. Some areas can be approached in minutes by foot or bike. The rock types include volcanic andesite, dacite, and basalt, as well as sedimentary limestone and sandstone. The variety of bouldering locales combined with a generally mild, sunny climate allow for year round bouldering. Even on the worst wintery days, one can still find dry rock under one of Priest Draw's many sheltering roofs.
Matt Gentile at one with his environment on Renegade Roof.
Photo Ken Etzl
Most of Flagstaff's bouldering history has been chronicled in Tim Toula's Cheap Way to Fly. From the early 80's til mid 90's, most of Flagstaff's bouldering areas we're discovered and developed, including Buffalo Park, Mount Elden areas, Turkey Tanks, Priest Draw, The Ridge, and more. As bouldering became more popular in the late 90's, another wave of exploration and development began that continues to this day. The prevalent bouldering mentality around Y2K spawned the development of new areas like Kelly Canyon, Cherry Canyon, The Peaks, The Hinterlands and more, while modern classics were added to existing areas. East Clear Creek and Sedona's Anvil Boulders became essential nearby getaways for the growing population of Flagstaff boulderers.
Bad Ass V5, Howard's Draw, Priest Draw.
If you've climbed out Priest Draw, be sure to get beta from locals about the Hinterlands. The latest and hardest development has occurred at satellite areas like Choss Roof, BVB Roof, Blimp Roof and other limestone locations around Flagstaff. Whether you are a veteran double digit roof crusher, a V0 beginner, or anything in between, Flagstaff has what boulderers want.
Thomas Maxson looking to be debt free on The Debt Ceiling, Canyon Diablo backlands.
Photo Matt Gentile
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Complex, sustained, and frequently projected. Crawl into the cave and begin at a wide pocket far back in the roof (starting feet out is acceptable.) Aiming for the obvious tufa pinch on the headwall, navigate the complex of pockets to an undercling and sloper at the lip, then pull a difficult cross to the pinch. Bump right on more underclings to a heartbreaker throw for victory holds and an easy topout....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
Latest Regional Forum Messages
Nov 11, 2011
Hey there!! Im wanting to visit flagstaff in January/February and am hoping for some more info on the place. Is it reasonable to try and climb during the cold months??? and how far is all the bouldering from the ASU campus?? If anyone would care to e-mail with just a general gist of what the scene is like down there I would REALLY appreciate it!!!!!! Im from Colorado and would love any and all feedback! Thanks guys.. C
By Jason Kevin
From: Sedona, Arizona
Feb 11, 2013
Please check out midgely bridge area for a litter of problems. The area and its difficulty ratings is expanding every week. Working on a V8 I could sure use some help on!