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The Bowling Alley 


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Elevation: 7,073'
Location: 40.0021, -105.4127 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

This is a relatively newly bolted crag just east of Practice Rock. Somebody went bolt-crazy on this rock, but the result is very well-protected routes. It's a steep dihedral; the east face is a solid slab, while the west face feels inverted and a little more crumbly. With a 60m rope, there's a great belay station with a nice rock as a bench.

To help reorganize this area, this crag is divided into the Main Crag & Lower Right Side.


Getting There 

Park as for Practice Rock, ~8.1 mi West of Elephant Buttresses. Hike up & right from Practice Rock.


Climbing Season


34 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',10],['5.11',13],['5.12',6],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bowling Alley:
Pooky Proof   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Main Crag
Mosquito Burrito   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 105'   Main Crag
Splitting Hares   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Right Side
Chihuahua Enchilada   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Crag
Father Figure   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Right Side
Bad Girls Get Spanked   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Main Crag
Midge Squadron   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Main Crag
Shady Deal   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lower Right Side
Centennial   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Lower Right Side
A Tall Cool One   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lower Right Side
Meteor Rhoadblock   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Main Crag
Next to Nothing   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 2 pitches, 60'   Main Crag
Super Bon Bon   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Main Crag
Shiny Dog   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Main Crag
Amazing Face   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 2 pitches   Main Crag
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Digital Divide

Digital Divide 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : Main Crag
This route lies on the westface of the lower Bowling Alley Rock (to the left and around the corner of "Mosquito Burrito"). Gain a ledge and place gear in the lower crack, move up on good holds and finger jams to a tricky move to gain a ledge. Place small gear and fire up the thin crack to a wide(big hands)crack. Power up the crack and gain the slab. Belay from good gear or walk off to the east. There was no sign of any activity on this crack and we removed a large, loose flake/block at the crux....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The Bowling Alley and all of its tiers, as seen from across the Canyon. Photo by Tony Bubb, Y2K.
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By Chris Cavallaro
Dec 1, 2005

Does anyone know about the new climbs above the Bowling Alley? Is there a new guidebook which covers these climbs? Any info much appreciated!

Chris

By Rich C
Aug 11, 2008

There is now a lot of very very loose rocks/boulders along the approach to the top tier because of the rescue yesterday. BE CAREFUL

By S.cort
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 26, 2009

Red chalk bag found under the 5.9 or 5.10a behind tree route last week. Does this belong to anyone?