The Sanctuary at Big Elk Meadows.
The Sancturary is host to some of the best problems at BEM, and what makes The Sanctuary Wall so interesting is the diversity of problems that have been put up. There is a long traverse (hard to link up but probably still low in V scale), some fine straight up edge problems (V2, V3, V4), cracks (did not try), and some crossed link-ups (?V5 to V7?). At 20 feet, the top-outs seemed a bit high for my taste, or hips. If The Sanctuary has any draw-back, it would be the lack of significant angle. I found that even after an hour of on and off bouldering, while it was possible to build up a real forearm burn, I was still looking for a tree limb where I could go and crank off a slew of pull-ups just to finish the upper body pump. However, the landings are nearly perfectly flat, the rock solid, and the problems interesting enough to making the hike in well worth the effort. Now, if we could just get a bulldozer behind the thing and get the angle tipped back a bit more....
Hike along the creek trail for 20 minutes or so passing the turn off for the Dragon's Den and the Traverse Wall. The Sanctuary is five to ten minutes beyond the Traverse Wall.
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Layback Crack V0 4 CO
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Layback the crack in the obvious dihedral on the right side of the Sanctuary Wall. You can also use the juggy ledges to the right of the crack. This is a very good warm-up to loosen up those sausage fingers you get from the 25-minute hike in....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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The Sanctuary, Big Elk Meadows.
By Andrew Ryder
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 20, 2008
I loved this place. The thick trees provided enough shade to keep it fairly cool until 1pm, even when it was pushing 100 down in Longmont. There are tons of problems all in a row and lots of holds to make stuff up if you get bored, and all of it is nestled in a peaceful, secluded setting with a quiet creek nearby. Moderate boulderers should not miss out.
By Bob Robinson
From: Lone Tree, Colorado
Jul 25, 2011
I agree. I've been visiting this place for the past couple of years, and it is a very peaceful, very fun moderate area. Simply beautiful stone next to a beautiful creek in a beautiful forest. What more could a boulderer want?