The Rock­ies of­fer jagged peaks, alpine walls, and mas­sive boul­ders—plus end­less boul­der­ing in the foothills and the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of prob­lems above V12 in the US. High-al­ti­tude boul­der­ing in Rocky Moun­tain Na­tional Park started in earnest in the l

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A no­to­ri­ous sand­bag, first climbed by the equally no­to­ri­ous boul­derer/boul­der­ing his­to­rian (read Stone Crusade!) John Sher­man in the mid-1980s, this be­he­moth over­hang reels out a jug flake to terrifying crimp-man­tel lip en­counter at 15 feet. Many climbers bring half a dozen pads, even strap­ping one to the pine tree nearby to pin­ball off. Or, you could forego the pads like on the first as­cent. Naomi Guy threw down the gaunt­let by do­ing this in 2003 in a bil­low­ing hoop skirt fot the clas­sic film Front Range Freaks. Nearby clas­sics: Milton (V4), Res­onated (V7), Never Say Never (V9)


Lo­cated at nearly 10,000 feet at Lake Haiyaha, this pit sit-start prob­lem fol­lows en­gag­ing and sus­tained move­ment on gneiss to a com­mit­ting crux at 15 feet. Amer­i­can climb­ing leg­end Tommy Cald­well, go­ing off a re­port from his dad about huge boul­ders around Lake Haiyaha, picked this plum in 1999, help­ing kick off the boom in RMNP boul­der­ing. It will leave you breath­less—lit­er­ally—if not for the al­ti­tude then for its scary talus land­ing, 45-minute and 885-foot-el­e­va­tion-gain ap­proach, or sit­u­a­tion next to the post­card-per­fect blue-green wa­ters of the lake. Nearby clas­sics: Au­to­bot (V5), Potato Chip (V7), Whis­pers of Wis­dom (V10)


“We, Bachar and I, used to climb this baby un­roped,” wrote John Long on Moun­tain Project of this aptly named great-white-shark­look­ing blade of tight-grained gran­ite. This old-school clas­sic on In­de­pen­dence Pass above As­pen tack­les a 20-foot arête, with a dis­tinc­tive roof in the mid­dle and a crimp crux sur­mount­ing it. Sand­wiched be­tween High­way 82 and the Roar­ing Fork River in a for­est at 9,000 feet, it’s an easy crawl back to the car if you fall and break your leg, as the edi­tor of this magazine did in 2004 when he slipped from dew­cov­ered holds and landed on tree roots at the base. Nearby clas­sics: The Ined­itable (V6), The Vam­pire (V7)

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