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*Prescott Area Bouldering

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*Prescott Area Bouldering  

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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 34.54562, -112.46906 View Map  Incorrect?
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Mike Gasch moving up on The Pearlman Problem, Doug...

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Prescott is the epicenter of some of the finest bouldering to be had mid state. Though many of the in-town bouldering crags have been plagued with access issues for decades, I know stealthy sessions are still being had by considerate locals.

Danny Mauz trying to keep calm in the midst of a t...
Danny Mauz trying to keep calm in the midst of a tremendous Dose of Thunder, VHard....

Fortunately, larger areas surround the city, and because of elevation differences, chances are you can find a place with good weather despite bad weather in the area. So whether it's granite slopers at Groom Creek, basalt pockets at Thumb Butte, or the crisp crimps of Watson Lake, chances are you will find whole areas that will leave you torched and satisfied... For a while anyway.

JJ cranking out The Cranium Crack.
JJ cranking out The Cranium Crack.

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126 Total Routes

['4 Stars',22],['3 Stars',71],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for *Prescott Area Bouldering:
Wave Traverse   V0 4 PG13     Boulder, 15'   Main Boulders : The Wave Area
Spiderman's Wet Dream   V0 4     Boulder, 12'   Main Boulders : The Back Porch slabs and Ju...
The Wave   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 10'   Main Boulders : The Wave Area
Rat Pack   V1+ 5     Boulder, 12'   Main Boulders : Alley Rocks
Space Lord   V2 5+ PG13     Boulder, 20'   Main Boulders : Layback Rock
The Infamous Lieback   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Main Boulders : Layback Rock
Steppin' Out   V3 6A     Boulder, 16'   Main Boulders : Moonstone, Leg Lock Rock, B...
Facelift   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Satellite Areas : The Island (Facelift Area)
Drivin' The Lane   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Thumb Butte Boulders : New Outfromunder Boulders
Syphilis Traverse   V4-5 6B+     Boulder   Main Boulders : The Canyon Area
Charles in Charge   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Main Boulders : Moonstone, Leg Lock Rock, B...
Dangling Woo Lee Bastard   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   Main Boulders : The Canyon Area
Moonstone   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Main Boulders : Moonstone, Leg Lock Rock, B...
The Diggler   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Satellite Areas : Lifestyles Rock
DRL Drive   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 1 pitch, 12'   Thumb Butte Boulders : New Outfromunder Boulders
New Moon / Eclipse   V8 7B     Boulder, 10'   Main Boulders : Moonstone, Leg Lock Rock, B...
The Golf Ball   V8 7B     Boulder, 15'   Main Boulders : Alley Rocks
Mainline   V8 7B     Boulder   Main Boulders : Rad Rocks Area
DRL Drive Sit Start   V8-9 7B+     Boulder, 15'   Thumb Butte Boulders : New Outfromunder Boulders
DRL Drive Right   V9 7C PG13     Boulder, 15'   Thumb Butte Boulders : New Outfromunder Boulders
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Featured Route For *Prescott Area Bouldering
JJ Schlick out smarting The Cranium Crack V4, 1999...

Cranium Crack V4 6B  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Cranium Crack Area
The Cranium Crack is one of the best crack problems in Prescott, and an overall classic. This tall line starts out with some dramatic cranking to actually enter the crack. Once your jamming, keep going till you are mantling out on fist jams!! I cleared the landing to this line in 1999, and quickly sent it. Years later, Brent Edens told me that he and Bill Cramer had maybe tr'ed the line, though he wasn't sure....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Josh Zimmerman cranking off a rad Matty Pearlman p...
Josh Zimmerman cranking off a rad Matty Pearlman p...
Mike Gasch on the stone, JJ Schlick, Josh Zimmerma...
Mike Gasch on the stone, JJ Schlick, Josh Zimmerma...
Mike Gasch on The Pearlman  Problem, 1999.
Mike Gasch on The Pearlman Problem, 1999.
Mike Gasch warming up at The Daugherty St. boulder...
Mike Gasch warming up at The Daugherty St. boulder...

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By sam long
From: Prescott, AZ
Jun 12, 2012
Rough Draft of NEW Groom Creek Bouldering Guide For Sale:

I have been working on a bouldering guide book for the granite boulders of Groom Creek in Prescott, AZ for the last 6 months. Unfortunately, I can no longer work on it because I am moving out of state for a job.
The rough draft contains almost 500 problems with color photos of each. With both visual and written descriptions of each route and approaches. There are at least 100 new problems that have been undocumented or not climbed. All the problems are on the forested granite boulders out at Groom Creek with the exception of three small areas at Thumb Butte (basalt). This guide is by far more thorough, detailed, and includes a much larger area than the present guide published in 2006.

At this point, all that the new author needs to do is climb the problems and put them in a nice format, create an overview map, print it and sell it. I have also created a list of vendors, an index, and have several price quotes from regional printers. My plan was to create a nice 250 page full-color guide that would retail for 34.95. At this price there is enough room for a 100% margin on each book!! And that does not even include selling ad space!!

There is a huge market for this guide. Groom Creek and the other areas around Prescott have tons of rock. Plus, you can climb all year around! Future editions will certainly be possible.

I am asking $1500 for this draft. The guide is a hand drawn paper format which has been transferred to electronic format, written in Microsoft Word Publishing. The electronic version is photos with graphic overlays with route descriptions and approaches. You will have complete control and all the rights for it.

Serious inquiries only.
Sam Long
By Luke W.
From: Prescott
Jun 13, 2012
I would be interested in knowing what "new" areas you have included.
By collinsclimbing
Nov 27, 2014
One of the best places to boulder in Arizona-happy climbing!
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