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Northern AZ Bouldering  


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Description 

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.

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 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, 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.

Whether you are a veteran double digit roof crusher, a V0 beginner, or anything in between and around, Flagstaff has what boulderers want.

Getting There 

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417 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Northern AZ Bouldering:
The Fin   V1-2 5     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : The Bat Roof
Centerpiece   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Buffalo Park
Bump to Conclusions   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   East Clear Creek
The Bat Cave   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : The Bat Roof
Tin Ho!   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Parking Area Bouldering
Chuck Taylor   V4 6B     Boulder, 18'   Viet Springs
Bad Ass   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Howard Draw : Bad Ass Roof
Dope Lounge   V5+ 6C+ PG13     Boulder, 18'   East Kelly Canyon : Donkey Punch Area
Alien Baby Left   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 15'   The Anvil Boulders
Cleveland Steamer   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   East Kelly Canyon : Donkey Punch Area
Donkey Punch   V6 7A PG13     Boulder, 15'   East Kelly Canyon : Donkey Punch Area
Anorexic   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Anorexic Roof
Floor Pie   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   Priest Draw : Floor Pie Roof / Flying Sau...
Carnivore   V8 7B     Boulder, 18'   Priest Draw : Anorexic Roof
Wifebeater   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Howard Draw : The Island
Carnivore Direct   V9 7C     Boulder, 12'   Priest Draw : Anorexic Roof
Green Mile Direct   V9 7C     Boulder, 15'   East Kelly Canyon : Donkey Punch Area
The Receptionist   V10 7C+     Boulder, 20'   Priest Draw : Mars Roof
Cosmic Tricycle   V10 7C+     Boulder   Priest Draw : Puzzle Box
Bear Claw   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   East Clear Creek
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James Q Martin sticking another 'flying' jam, and the FA of this classic line.

The Center Pinche V5+ 6C+  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : The Center Pinche Area
This is a truly remarkable line, and stands out in the list of classic crack boulder problems in the greater Flagstaff Area. The clever name is a combination of a piece of the FAist's past, and a reference to the classic Center Piece at Buffalo Park. Perfect!Pockets, edges, and a thin hands crack that splits a 45 degree wall... If you like this sort of thing, it is stunning.Difficulty will vary quite a bit depending on hand size, but for the majority of suitors it will probably feel somewhere ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By Hoez
From: Uganda
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!