|The Booze Pig Area
The large cave, and the start of the Booze Pig Are...
The Booze Pig Area is a collection of premier limestone walls characterized by sweeping bulges, perfect crimps, and devious pockets. This is the best bouldering to be had on the Ridge if you are looking for the hard lines.
Most of the problems here were established by the late Robert Drysdale nearly twenty years ago. This area represents some of his finest face climbing problems, and the harder of which demand serious core tension, long deadpoints, highball top outs, and a cool head. Booze Pig and On Liquor were some of the first problems in Flagstaff to be graded with the now infamous "V" scale.
These walls also sport the reputation as being some of the first dry stone in Flagstaff after a rain or snow storm. The southern aspect of the walls create there own little solar ovens, and the rock sucks up moisture pretty well while retaining its strength.
It's a beautiful area with views of Lower Lake Mary and Mormon Mountain in the distance. The only drawback is that the highway is 300 yards below you. However, that's the reason for the year round easy access as well.
When driving east on Lake Mary Road, just before you get to Lower Lake Mary proper, there is one last dirt road on the left hand (north) side of the road. Take this road through the gate, and up the small hill. There are several small pullouts near the "T" junction of the dirt roads. Please park in these pullouts, and make sure that the dirt road is still passable by large vehicles.
Hike east up the dirt road and hill to the well, and pass it on the right. Locate faint climber's trail that meanders up and right, passing a low, tall band. Eventually, with a little route finding and bushwacking it will lead you up to the highest band. From there hike east until you get to a very large cave. This is the start of the Booze Pig Area.
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: ... : Booze Pig Wall
Booze Pig is a classic crimp line which will test your strength, and certainly the clarity of your head. Start with right hand two finger undercling pocket. This hold is not your typical pocket, and is a bit sharp. Move up and left to the slopey crimp rail. Match and then deadpoint the slopey toothy crimp. One more big move to a finger bucket up and left delivers you into the insecure topout... Twenty years old and still kicking ass....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
|Comments on The Booze Pig Area
|By David Gershwin|
From: San Diego, CA.
Mar 8, 2012
An interesting tidbit about this area is that we actually took JS up here when he was establishing the V-scale, and he climbed a number of the problems and confirmed their ratings. Trivial, I know, but it helped to establish ratings for several more Lake Mary area boulder problems.