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Upper Mound (main upper cluster of boulders)

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Upper Mound (main upper cluster of boulders)  


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Description 

A cluster of boulders with a variety of problems and a nice sheltered nook to hang out in. Great place to set up "camp" on crisp sunny days.

Getting There 

Walk up the hill about 30 meters to the north of the warmup boulders and you're there.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.5 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['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',1],['V2-3',3],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',1],['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 Upper Mound (main upper cluster of boulders):
Manatee trad traverse   V0+ 4+     Boulder   
Jelly Bean hand traverse   V2 5+     Boulder   
Highball slab problem   V2 5+     Boulder   
Knob Problem   V3 6A     Boulder   
The Murray Highball   V4 6B     Boulder, 18'   
The Manatee   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 18'   
Arete to Crack   V8 7B     Boulder, 15'   
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Featured Route For Upper Mound (main upper cluster of boulders)
The Murray Highball climbs the portion of rock  without lichen. Access via the low start can made through the chalked cobble visible in the lower portion of the photo

The Murray Highball V4 6B  NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : ... : Upper Mound (main upper clu...
This U-Mound classic is on par with The Manatee (in my opinion) but strangely, it sees far less traffic. Perhaps it's the really bad landing or hard to reach start? Either way, this is a must do. While it is definitely easier and not quite as tall as the The Manatee, it requires a different level of commitment and risk. Can also be linked via a low start on the arete which makes it a formidable hard line for those who have U-Mound dialed. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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Overview of problems at upper boulder cluster. Climber is hand-traversing the "tipped over jelly bean boulder" (Should actually be called the "cut in half jelly bean boulder").
Overview of problems at upper boulder cluster. Cli...
Upper cluster viewed from the north side of the warmup boulders. The Manatee is the crazy looking blobby formation behind Dan, with the patch of green lichen matching his shirt. The big, low boulder further right in the foreground has some fun slab problems on it.
Upper cluster viewed from the north side of the wa...
The Egg (V1/2).
The Egg (V1/2).

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By LeeAB
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From: ABQ, NM
Feb 26, 2009
Also known as Upper Mound.