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Sitting waaay out in Howard's Draw is the Whale Shark Boulder, worth visiting for the two superb arete problems climbing either side of its striking overhanging prow. There is also a tricky dyno on the nearly blank trail side of the boulder, and a wall behind the boulder with some decent moderate problems. The Whale Shark is located in a beautiful, wide meadow and seems to rarely see traffic, making it an ideal escape on a crowded weekend day.
Follow the main trail from the parking lot until it splits off to the left, heading to a side draw (Howard's Draw.) Follow the trail into Howard's Draw, passing much good bouldering, until the trail dissipates. Cross the streambed (usually dry) and continue on an old road until you reach a wide meadow. Keep walking and the Whale Shark Boulder will soon appear on the left. Approach time 15-20 minutes.
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Right Arete V0+ 4+ Boulder, 12'
Left Arete V3 6a Boulder, 10'
Dyno V5 6c Boulder, 8'
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Much harder than the right side! Start on a small dish for the left hand and a good sidepull rail for the right and climb the overhanging arÍte with slopey holds, crimps and power till you can throw for the nose of the boulder. ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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