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This crag is a nice place to spend a secluded afternoon climbing in a spectacular setting, especially if you have 4 wheel drive! There are currently 5 routes here with potential for several more. All climbs are on high quality, very hard quartzite, although some looseness is ever-present (it's the San Juans ya know). Most routes are sport but 2 require gear as well. All routes are easily toproped since you approach from the top and rappel in. Bring webbing for large pine tree for anchor at the top of Bad Bowl.
Go south out of Ouray on Hwy. 550 a few miles until you reach Engineer Mountain Pass Road on the left. Put it into 4 wheel drive and start bumping up the road 0.8 mile to a parking pullout/campsite on the right. If you do not have a 4x4, then park it on the highway and hike 20 minutes up the road, or hitch a ride on a Texas Wheelchair. From lower campsite at parking, start hiking behind firepit heading West towards Uncompahgre River gorge and tall pine tree on the cliff edge. The approach time is maybe 1 minute from the truck!
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Bad Bowl 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c CO : Ouray vicinity (rock) : The Secret Stash
This is the easiest route here and definitely one of the best. Start on right side of main wall near huge pine tree, climb 5 bolts, step left to crack and overlap. Plug in cams as you pull sweet moves to the top. Bring anchor slings for the tree at the top....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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