Tournament Rd 2: Dope Spots Region


Rocky Mountain National Park Hueco Tanks


Photo: Steve Woods

  • Probably the highest concentration of hard bouldering in the country in one of the most idyllic settings
  • Famous problems: Jade (V15), Freaks of the Industry (V13/14), Nuthin’ But Sunshine (V13), Deep Puddle Dynamics (V9) and Tommy’s Arete (V7)
Photo: Trina Ortega/Climbing 

  • One of America’s most historic bouldering areas – Birthplace of the V Scale
  • Unfortunately one of the most tenuous access situations amongst the more popular areas in the U.S.
  • Famous Problems: Terremer (V15), Esperanza (V14), Crown of Aragorn (V13), Babyface (V7)

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Bishop HP40


  • Home to several high quality areas like The Buttermilks, Happy Boulders, Sad Boulders, Pollen Grains, Druids, Dale’s Camp and who knows what else
  • Famous Problems: Mandala (V12), Saigon (V5), Iron Man Traverse (V4)
Photo: Narc 

  • Some of the most perfect sandstone on the planet

  • Famous Problems: God Module (V11), Slider (V9), Skywalker (V9), Hammerhead (V5), Bum Boy (V3)

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Red River Gorge Smith Rocks


  • Probably the largest sport climbing area in the country
  • Famous Routes: Lucifer (5.14c), Fifty Words for Pump (5.14c), Thanatopsis (5.14b), B.O.H.I.C.A (5.13b), Table of Colors (5.13b), Jesus Wept (5.12d)

  • Famous Routes: Just Do It (5.14b/c), The Optimist (5.14b), Scarface (5.14a), Chain Reaction (5.13)

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Yosemite Shawangunks


  • America’s most storied climbing mecca
  • Famous Routes: The Nose (5.14), Astroman (5.11), Meltdown (5.14), Bachar-Yerian (5.11)
  • Classic boulders: Midnight Lightning (V8), Bachar Cracker (V4)


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  • Rich history and tradition
  • Famous Routes: Disneyland (5.6), High Exposure (5.6), Gelsa (5.4)

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One Response to Tournament Rd 2: Dope Spots Region

  1. cultureshock April 4, 2008 at 10:50 am #

    FYI Beth’s line at smith is called The Optimist (14b) 😀

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