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The Yosemite Boulder Area

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Bloody Knuckles 
Brett Does Lawn Jobs (aka.- Keep it Subtle) 
Bulletproof 
Ceadas 
Death of the Blues 
Gun Show 
Hemlock Gate  
Kalbro 
Kids With Guns 
Knuckle Dragger 
My Girlfriend 
NRA 
Power & Technique 
Slab-dercling 
Standard Direct 
Standard Route 
Still Remains 
Very Bad Idea, The 
Yosemite Arete 

The Yosemite Boulder Area  


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Description 

This upstream cluster of boulders generally provides exciting highball problems like Yosemite Arete (V5), Keep It Subtle (V5-6) and Kalbro (V3), but there are a bunch of shorter problems as well such as NRA (V2-3) and Bloody Knuckles (hard V5). The Yosemite Boulder, the tallest boulder in the area, is home to numerous classics and hikers regularly scramble up the obvious chimney to stand at its peak. Years ago, a sizeable chunk of rock broke off, destroying some of the old classics. For those seeking something difficult, check out Ceadas (V11) or what's left of Gunshow (V8). This area also includes the classic Bulletproof (V6) which is a shorter super slopey problem, and a number of projects.

Getting There 

From the zoo head upstream past Fritz Demise (V0) towards the tallest boulder you see. Thatís the Yosemite boulder and the problems surround it. You have to pass it on your way to Devilís Den

Area Map 

A quick overview map w/climbs shown for reference.
A quick overview map w/climbs shown for reference.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.0 miles from here

19 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Yosemite Boulder Area:
Hemlock Gate    V0 4     Boulder   
Kalbro   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 10'   
Standard Direct   V3 6A     Boulder, 30'   
Standard Route   V3 6A     Boulder, 30'   
Power & Technique   V4 6B     Boulder, 20'   
Death of the Blues   V4+ 6B+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   
Yosemite Arete   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 20'   
Brett Does Lawn Jobs (aka.- Keep it Subtle)   V5 6C     Boulder   
Bulletproof   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   
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Brett Does Lawn Jobs (aka.- Keep it Subtle) V5 6C  NH : Pawtuckaway : ... : The Yosemite Boulder Area
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By Lanky
From: Portland, ME
Sep 29, 2009
Was at P'way on Saturday and worked a pretty cool problem to the right of Standard Direct and to the left of the line of old bolts. Don't know if it has a name, but it felt V5ish. Photo of me screwing it up here: flickr.com/photos/23874488@N03...
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Sep 29, 2009
I cant tell you if that route has a name or anything but it looks awesome!
By nhclimber
From: Newmarket, NH
Sep 30, 2009
Does it start with a weird undercling and move up to a dish that you mantel with an easy but tall traversing top out? If so it's like a party trick v3, once you get it you always can.
By BDalhaus
Administrator
From: Manchester, NH
Sep 30, 2009
Julian, that problem is called Keep It Subtle (aka Rainbow Mist). It's in Kemple's latest guide with a completely different name, but it was climbed in the 80's then recleaned and renamed by Brett about a year ago. Those slopers in the crux are horrible.
By Lanky
From: Portland, ME
Sep 30, 2009
Thanks Bryce. Haven't really looked at the new guide, so all I knew was it wasn't in the old edition.
By Lanky
From: Portland, ME
Sep 21, 2010
May be old news by now, but the big tree right next to Gun Show has fallen, taking out the little tree next to Bulletproof and complicating the downclimb off Kalbro.