Climbs 500
Rocktype Granite
Altitude 1964m a.s.l
Faces all

Approaching Storm: TimS Searches for Soul Slinger V9. Owens River Valley, California. © ChrisJD

Crag features

World-class bouldering venue with something for everyone. The quartz-monzonite rock is hard on the fingertips.

Approach notes

No problems - see the Bishop Bouldering Guide for more info re wild camping etc

If you want world class bouldering with the finest weather imaginable, GET YOURSELF HERE!!! The best times to go are March-Early May or Late Sept-November if you want to climb in Shorts/T-shirt. Winter months can be very cold and alot of the mountain roads are closed due to snow. The Buttermilks are at 6500ft but rarely get much snow. Take warm gear for the night times though, it gets really cold! Bishop is the place to stay but not much in the way of nightlife. Whiskey Creek Bar is about as good as it gets but happy hour food is a bargain (5-7pm) and very very good! North Western Airlines is probably the cheapest way to travel, only cost 165 each return. You have to transfer at Miniapolis and fly into LAX then a 270 mile drive to Bishop. A hire car is essential as there is no public transport in the area. The roads to the crags (happy/sad boulders and Buttermilks) are all dirt tracks but can easily be used by a normal car. If you don't have a bouldering mat or are considering buying another, BUY IT IN BISHOP! Wilsons Eastside Sports has a very good climbing dept and everything is less than half the price of the uk. You can pick up Metolius Cheap Bastard mats for less than 50! Rock shoes and everything else are a bargain too. Food is what you would expect from the states, massive portions and very cheap! Hope this info is useful. This place is so good I'm buying a house here! Nuff said. Steve
TheNorthernOne - 25/Dec/06
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 ---BUTTERMILKS MAIN--- 
 Birthday Boulders 
3Birthday Mantel
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V0 **15
4The Way Down
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V0 7
5Birthday Boulders #10 - Unnamed
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V3 1
6The Prow sit start
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V2 *24
7The Prow standing start
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V1 7
8Birthday Left
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V0 ***34
9Birthday Left SDS into Birthday Direct
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V3 *1
10Birthday Direct
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V3 ***28
11Birthday Skyline
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V3 ***7
12Birthday Boulder #? - Birthday Boulder SDS
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VB 2
 The Loaf 
14The Loaf #19 - Unnamed
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V0 2
15The Rising
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V4 **6
16Naan Bread
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V4 *4
17YeastV3 **1
18Sheepherder
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V2 ***14
19Dough Boy
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V3 *2
 Stained Glass Boulder 
21Stained Glass
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V10 ***1
 Five and Dime Boulders 
23Five and Dime Right
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V0 *2
24Five and Dime
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V1 **6
25Five and Dime Left
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V0 3
 Bun Boulder 
27Bun Boulder #1 - Unnamed
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V0 1
28Bun Boulder #2 - Unnamed
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V0 1
 Big Wall Boulder 
30Big Wall
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V1 * 
31Big Mantel
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V4 * 
 Fly Boy Boulder 
33The Fall Guy
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V9 *** 
34Haroun and the Sea of Stories
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V12 *** 
35Fly Boy AreteV5 **8
36Fly Boy
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V6 **3
37Fly Boy Sit-start
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V8 ***4
38Fly Boy Boulder #22
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V0 *1
39Fly Boy Boulder #23
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V3 *2
 Scoop Boulder 
41Scoop
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V2 * 
42Erosion
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V1 * 
 North Boulder 
44East Side Story
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V3 ** 
45Larger than Life
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V3 ** 
 Pope's Hat Boulder 
47Pope's Roof
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V6 * 
48Pope's Problem a.k.a. No Girlfriend
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V4 * 
 Boy and Girl Rocks 
50Boy and Girl Rocks #12
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V0 2
51Boy and Girl Rocks #13
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V1 6
52Boy and Girl Rocks #15
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V4 *5
53Boy and Girl Rocks #16V1 *8
54PatinaV0 *11
55Patina Right Finish
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V1 3
 Ranger Rock 
57Ranger Rock #2
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V5 *1
58Rail Problem
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V5 **1
59Ranger Rock #6
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V2 **4
60Ranger Rock #7
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V0 *4
61Ranger Rock #8
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V6 1
62Ranger Rock #9
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V2 5
63Ranger Rock #10
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V1 3
64Ranger Rock #11
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V0 4
65Ranger Rock #12
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V0 5
66Ranger Rock #13
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V2 6
 The Hero Roof Boulder 
68Easy Grit
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V5 **2
69Rib Direct Sit Start
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V7 *1
70Rib, No Rib
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V1 *4
71Rib, No Rib, Sit
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V6 *3
72Hero Roof
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V0 ***34
73Unamed Slab
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V0- *11
 Iron Man Boulder 
75Iron Man
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V4 ***47
76Iron Fly
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V9 ***1
 The Hagar Boulder 
78Hager Boulder #1
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V0 2
79Hager Arete
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V0 **4
80Hager Face
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V4  
81Unnamed Arete
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V0 2
82Hager Boulder #5
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VB **2
 Golden Boulder 
84Glass Slab
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V0 **1
 The Grovel Roof 
86Grovel Roof
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V3 * 
 The Twins 
88The Twins #16 - Unnamed
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VB **4
89The Twins #17 - Unnamed
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V0 *2
90The Twins #20 - UnnamedV0 2
 The Bowling Pin 
92Original LineV3 **2
93Bowling Pin
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V4 ***11
94Bowling Pin Sit Start
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V6 ***4
95Ten Pin Trial
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V8 **1
 Tut Boulder 
97Tut Boulder #13 - Unnamed
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V1 4
98Tut Boulder #14 - Unnamed
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V0 3
99Tut Boulder #15 - Unnamed
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V0 4
100Milk the MilksV6 **7
101Egypt (no crack)
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V3 *4
102Egypt (crack)
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V0 2
103King Tut
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V3 ***28
104Funky Tut
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V3 ***28
105Ay
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V1 **6
106Howard Carter
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V0 *6
107Tut Crack Left
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V5 *1
108Tut Crack
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V3 *2
109LululatorV4 **1
110Tut Boulder #30 - UnnamedV2 *4
 Corner Boulder 
112Corner Boulders #4V0- *1
113Corner Boulders #5V0 *6
114Corner Boulders #6
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V1 2
115Corner Boulders #? - Unnamed
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V0 1
 Leary/Bard Boulder 
117Hobbs' Problem
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V2 **7
118Leary/Bard Arete
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V5 ***14
 Buttermilk Stem Boulder 
120Buttermilk Stem Boulder #7 - UnnamedV2 1
121Buttermilk Stem
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V1 ***30
122Buttermilk Stem Sit
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V4 ***7
 Rowell Boulder 
124Buttermilk Gem
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V1 * 
125Junior's Arete
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V1 ** 
126Junior's Achievement
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V7 **1
127Mooned
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V9 ** 
128Rowell Face
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V1 ** 
 Pothole Boulder 
130Pothole Traverse
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V1  
131Pothole Direct
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V0  
 Upper Cave Boulder 
133Upper Cave Boulder #1 - Unnamed
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V2  
 Cave Boulder 
135Pain Grain Sit Start
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V7 **3
136Cave Route
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V6 11
137Shelter from the StormV5 8
138Inner Sanctum
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V2 8
139Gleaming the Cube (high start)
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V6 4
 Fit Homeless Boulder 
141Fit Homeless Boulder #4 - unnamed
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V0- **1
142Fit Homeless Boulder #4 - unnamed (sit start)
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V1 2
143Fit Homeless Boulder #5 - unnamed
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V0 **2
144Fit Homeless Boulder #6 - unnamed
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V0- **2
145Fit Homeless Boulder #7 - unnamed
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V0 **2
 Soul Slinger Boulders 
147Soul SlingerV9 ***8
 Robinson's Rubber-Tester Slab 
149Robinson's Rubber Tester
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V0 **6
 Xenolith Boulder 
151Heavy Grit
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V7 * 
 Roadside Boulder 
153Roadside Highball
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V3 ***3
154Roadside Boulder #8
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V4 2
155The Rail Problem
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V3 **11
156Roadside Boulder #10V0 *6
157Roadside Boulder #13V1 *3
158Roadside Boulder #16V1 1
 Eyes Boulder 
160Eyes Boulder #19 - Unnamed
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V0- 1
 Grandpa Peabody 
162Cave ProblemV4 **8
163Lucid Dreaming
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V15  
164Evilution
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V12 *** 
165Evilution Direct
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V11 *** 
166Evilution To The Lip
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V10 **1
 Peewee 
168Peewee #20 - Unnamed
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V3  
 Grandma Peabody 
170Baburre
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V12 ** 
171Essential Peabody
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V0 ***14
172Slipstream
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V4 *3
173North Face Direct
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V2 **3
174Center Direct
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V10 ** 
175Direction
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V13 ** 
176Magnetic North
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V8 ***1
177Go Granny Ho
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V7 2
178Go Granny Go
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V5 **20
179Go Granny Go Right
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V5 **5
180West Corner
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V4 *4
181The Southwest Arete5.9 11
 Sunshine Boulder 
183Sunshine Boulder #1
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V0- **2
184Sunshine Boulder #2V0- 2
185Sunshine Boulder #3
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V0 **6
186Good Morning Sunshine
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V1 ***7
187Sunshine Boulder #6
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V1 *2
 Green Wall Boulder 
189Green Wall Boulder #10V5 3
190South Face of the Green Wall
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V5 **1
191Green Wall Arete
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V1 **19
192Green Wall Essential
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V2 ***39
193Green Wall Center
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V6 ***17
194Green Wall Boulder #23 - Unnamed
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V0 8
195Green Wall Boulder #24 - Unnamed
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V0- 6
 The Hunk 
197The Hunk
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V2 ***12
 Drifter (a.k.a. Smoking) Boulder 
199Change of HeartV6 ***5
200High Plains Drifter
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V7 ***17
201Plain High Dyno
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V10 ** 
 Lower Smoking Boulder 
203Lower Smoking Boulder #22 - UnnamedV7 *3
204The Cosmonaut
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V6 *3
205Croft Problem
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V8 *3
 Bachar Boulder 
207Bachar Boulder #27 - Unnamed
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V4 *1
208Bachar Problem Left
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V5 **5
209Bachar Problem Right/Golden Boy
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V5 **5
 Pinch Boulder 
211Pinch Boulder #32 - Unnamed
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V8 * 
212Pinch Boulder #33 - Unnamed
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V7 ** 
 Womb Boulder 
214A Birthing ExperienceV1 *12
 Mandala Boulder 
216The MandalaV12 *** 
217Pope's Prow
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V6 ***7
218Devoted
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V8 **1
219Devoted TraverseV6 *1
 Smooth Shrimp/Buttocks Boulder 
221The FlakeV1 **4
222Smooth Shrimp/Buttocks Boulder #4V1 2
223Smooth Shrimp
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V6 *5
224Perfectly Chicken
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V5 **8
225Bubba Gump
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V9 **1
 Saigon Boulder 
227SaigonV6 ***9
228Monkey Dihedral
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V2 ***11
229Saigon Boulder #8 - UnnamedV0 **1
230Saigon Boulder #10 - UnnamedV0 1
 Porcelain Boulder 
232Raggedy Ann
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V3 * 
233Doll Face
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V4 ** 
 Sharma Traverse Boulder 
235The Sharma Traverse
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V10 ** 
236Backside Mantel
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V7 * 
 ---BUTTERMILKS OUTLYING--- 
 The Pawn 
 High and Mighty Boulder 
 Green Slab Boulder 
 The Knight Boulder 
 Chess Boulder 
 Edge of Reason Boulder 
244Edge of Reason
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V3 **1
 The Checkerboard 
246The Checkerboard
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V8 ***6
247The Checkerboard (stand start)V7 ***2
 ---THE PAINTED CAVE AREA--- 
 Painted Cave Boulder 
250Slashface of the ButtermilksV6 *1
251Painted Cave Sit Start
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V6 **2
 Charlie Brown Boulders 
253Evening SnowV7 *1
 Xen Boulder 
 Grain Tower 
 Big Wave Boulder 
 ---THE BONEYARD--- 
 Bone Boulder 
 Solitaire Boulder 
260Solitaire
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V8 ***2
 Get Carter Boulder 
262Sunshine Naked
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V0 3
263Roadside Crack
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V1 3
264Seven Spanish Angels (aka: The Ruckus)
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V6 ***16
265To Kill Ya Corner
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V3 **3
266Michael Caine
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V9 **1
267Get Carter
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V7 **2
268Holy Slab
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VB 2
269Backside Crack
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VB 5
 ---SECRETS OF THE BEEHIVE AREA--- 
 Nectar Boulder 
272Queen Sweet Nectar
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V9 **1
273Queen Sweet Nectar left
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V9 ***1
 Secrets/Titan Boulder 
 Unnamed Boulder 
 Brown Wall Boulder (a.k.a. Titan) 
 Form Destroyer Roof Boulder 
 ---THE POLLEN GRAINS/LIDJA BOULDERS--- 
 Pollen Grain/Lidja Boulder 
280Suspended in Silence
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V5 ***5
281Drone MiltiaV6 ***2
282Lidija's Mouth
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V3 ***6
283Hunting Dog
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V2 *4
284Wanderlust
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V2 *2
285Snake Oil
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V6 *1
286Traverse
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V1 *2
287Moon Grey Blue
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V2 1
288A Smile at the Foot of the Ladder
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V0 1
 Unnamed Boulder 
 Honey Boulder 
291Christine Keeler
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V5 2
292Cindy Swank
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V7 **4
293Charlotte Rampling
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V2 1
294Heidi
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V0 1
295Cover Me With Flowers
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V2 ***4
 Jedi Boulder 
297Jedi Mind TricksV4 ***7
298Out of Focus
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V1 1
299Out
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V0 *1
300Flake Descent
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VB 1
301Loud Dark Eye
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V1 *1
 Spectre Boulder 
303Sidewinder
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V10 ** 
 Beekeeper Boulder 
305Beekeeping for Profit and Pleasure (low finish)
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V3 3
306Follow the Pollen Path (low finish)
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V4 2
307The Beekeeper's Apprentice
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V5 3
 Mead Boulder 
 Apiary Boulder 
 Honey Bear Bong Boulder 
311Honey Bear Bong
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V7 **2
 Apis 
 The Honeycomb 
 The Hive 
 Boulder 1 
 Cracked Cobble Boulder 
317Cracker
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V1 **2
318Cave
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V5 **2
 Boulder 3 
 Small Cobble Boulder 
 Big Cobble Boulder 
 Small Cave Boulder 
 White Slab Boulder 
 Big Arete Boulder 
 The Visor 
 The Ninth 
327The NinthV7 *** 
 ---Dale's Camp--- 
 Small Fruit Area 
330Fear of a Black Planet
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VB **3
331Unnamed #1
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V2 *2
332Unnamed #2
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V2 *2
333Tricky GrainV0 1
334Small Fruit
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V3 **3
335Scoopy-Doo
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V0 1
336Unnamed #10
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VB *2
 Hueco Wall Area 
338Hueco Wall
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V9 *** 
339Gastonia
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V8 **1
340Xaviers roof
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V11 ***1
 The Notch 
342Free Your Ass
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V1 *2
343Unnamed #11
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V3 2
344Don Quixote
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V0 **1
 Led Zeppelin Area 
346The Legend of Rosa May
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V5 **1
 Heart Prow Area 
348Pet the KittyV6 **1
349Emotional RescueV2 1
350The Heart ProwV1 *3
351Xenolith SlabVB **1
 ---Dale's West--- 
353The Flake
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V7 **1
354Zen FluteV10 ***2
355Groovy Grit *V1 1
356Dishy Grit *V6 1
357Gleaming the Cube *V8 1
358Checkerboard (Full line) *
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V8+ ***1
359Juniors Achievement *
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V8 **1
360Fly Boy Sit *
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V8+ ***1
361Cocktail Sauce *
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V9 *1
362Saigon Direct *V9 ***1
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