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 **16
4The Way Down
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V0 9
5Birthday Boulders #10 - Unnamed
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V3 1
6The Prow sit start
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V2 *25
7The Prow standing start
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V1 7
8Birthday Left
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V0 ***37
9Birthday Left SDS into Birthday Direct
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V3 *1
10Birthday Direct
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V3 ***30
11Birthday Skyline
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V3 ***8
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 ***15
19Dough Boy
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V3 *2
 Stained Glass Boulder 
21Stained Glass
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V10 ***2
 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 4
 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 **10
36Fly Boy
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V6 **5
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 *5
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 7
66Ranger Rock #13
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V2 6
 The Hero Roof Boulder 
68Groovy GritV1 1
69Dishy GritV6 **1
70Easy Grit
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V5 **2
71Rib Direct Sit Start
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V7 *1
72Rib, No Rib
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V1 *4
73Rib, No Rib, Sit
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V6 *3
74Hero Roof
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V0 ***35
75Unamed Slab
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V0- *11
 Iron Man Boulder 
77Iron Man
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V4 ***48
78Iron Fly
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V9 ***2
 The Hagar Boulder 
80Hager Boulder #1
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V0 2
81Hager Arete
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V0 **4
82Hager Face
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V4  
83Unnamed Arete
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V0 2
84Hager Boulder #5
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VB **2
 Golden Boulder 
86Glass Slab
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V0 **1
 The Grovel Roof 
88Grovel Roof
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V3 * 
 The Twins 
90The Twins #16 - Unnamed
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VB **4
91The Twins #17 - Unnamed
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V0 *2
92The Twins #20 - UnnamedV0 2
 The Bowling Pin 
94Original LineV3 **2
95Bowling Pin
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V4 ***12
96Bowling Pin Sit Start
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V6 ***4
97Ten Pin Trial
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V8 **1
 Tut Boulder 
99Tut Boulder #13 - Unnamed
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V1 4
100Tut Boulder #14 - Unnamed
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V0 3
101Tut Boulder #15 - Unnamed
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V0 4
102Milk the MilksV6 **7
103Egypt (no crack)
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V3 *4
104Egypt (crack)
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V0 2
105King Tut
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V3 ***32
106Funky Tut
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V3 ***33
107Ay
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V1 **7
108Howard Carter
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V0 *6
109Tut Crack Left
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V5 *1
110Tut Crack
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V3 *2
111LululatorV4 **1
112Tut Boulder #30 - UnnamedV2 *4
 Corner Boulder 
114Corner Boulders #4V0- *1
115Corner Boulders #5V0 *6
116Corner Boulders #6
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V1 2
117Corner Boulders #? - Unnamed
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V0 1
 Leary/Bard Boulder 
119Hobbs' Problem
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V2 **7
120Leary/Bard Arete
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V5 ***14
 Buttermilk Stem Boulder 
122Buttermilk Stem Boulder #7 - UnnamedV2 1
123Buttermilk Stem
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V1 ***33
124Buttermilk Stem Sit
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V4 ***8
 Rowell Boulder 
126Buttermilk Gem
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V1 * 
127Junior's Arete
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V1 ** 
128Junior's Achievement
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V8 **2
129Mooned
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V9 ** 
130Rowell Face
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V1 ** 
 Pothole Boulder 
132Pothole Traverse
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V1  
133Pothole Direct
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V0  
 Upper Cave Boulder 
135Upper Cave Boulder #1 - Unnamed
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V2  
 Cave Boulder 
137Pain Grain Sit Start
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V7 **3
138Cave Route
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V6 11
139Shelter from the StormV5 8
140Inner Sanctum
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V2 8
141Gleaming the CubeV8 *1
142Gleaming the Cube (high start)
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V6 4
 Fit Homeless Boulder 
144Fit Homeless Boulder #4 - unnamed
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V0- **1
145Fit Homeless Boulder #4 - unnamed (sit start)
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V1 2
146Fit Homeless Boulder #5 - unnamed
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V0 **2
147Fit Homeless Boulder #6 - unnamed
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V0- **2
148Fit Homeless Boulder #7 - unnamed
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V0 **2
 Soul Slinger Boulders 
150Soul SlingerV9 ***4
 Robinson's Rubber-Tester Slab 
152Robinson's Rubber Tester
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V0 **7
 Xenolith Boulder 
154Heavy Grit
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V7 * 
 Roadside Boulder 
156Roadside Highball
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V3 ***3
157Roadside Boulder #8
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V4 2
158The Rail Problem
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V3 **12
159Roadside Boulder #10V0 *7
160Roadside Boulder #13V1 *3
161Roadside Boulder #16V1 1
 Eyes Boulder 
163Eyes Boulder #19 - Unnamed
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V0- 1
 Grandpa Peabody 
165Cave ProblemV4 **8
166Lucid Dreaming
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V15  
167Evilution
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V12 *** 
168Evilution Direct
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V11 *** 
169Evilution To The Lip
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V10 ** 
 Peewee 
171Peewee #20 - Unnamed
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V3  
 Grandma Peabody 
173Baburre
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V12 ** 
174Essential Peabody
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V0 ***14
175Slipstream
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V4 *3
176North Face Direct
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V2 **3
177Center Direct
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V10 ** 
178Direction
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V13 ** 
179Magnetic North
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V8 ***1
180Go Granny Ho
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V7 2
181Go Granny Go
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V5 **20
182Go Granny Go Right
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V5 **5
183West Corner
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V4 *4
184The Southwest Arete5.9 11
 Sunshine Boulder 
186Sunshine Boulder #1
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V0- **2
187Sunshine Boulder #2V0- 2
188Sunshine Boulder #3
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V0 **7
189Good Morning Sunshine
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V1 ***9
190Sunshine Boulder #6
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V1 *2
 Green Wall Boulder 
192Green Wall Boulder #10V5 3
193South Face of the Green Wall
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V5 **1
194Green Wall Arete
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V1 **20
195Green Wall Essential
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V2 ***42
196Green Wall Center
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V6 ***18
197Green Wall Boulder #23 - Unnamed
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V0 8
198Green Wall Boulder #24 - Unnamed
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V0- 6
 The Hunk 
200The Hunk
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V2 ***13
 Drifter (a.k.a. Smoking) Boulder 
202Change of HeartV6 ***5
203High Plains Drifter
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V7 ***17
204Plain High Dyno
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V10 ** 
 Lower Smoking Boulder 
206Lower Smoking Boulder #22 - UnnamedV7 *3
207The Cosmonaut
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V6 *3
208Croft Problem
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V8 *3
 Bachar Boulder 
210Bachar Boulder #27 - Unnamed
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V4 *1
211Bachar Problem Left
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V5 **5
212Bachar Problem Right/Golden Boy
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V5 **5
 Pinch Boulder 
214Pinch Boulder #32 - Unnamed
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V8 * 
215Pinch Boulder #33 - Unnamed
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V7 ** 
 Womb Boulder 
217A Birthing ExperienceV1 *13
 Mandala Boulder 
219The MandalaV12 ***1
220Pope's Prow
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V6 ***7
221Devoted
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V8 **1
222Devoted TraverseV6 *1
 Smooth Shrimp/Buttocks Boulder 
224The FlakeV1 **5
225Smooth Shrimp/Buttocks Boulder #4V1 2
226Smooth Shrimp
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V6 *7
227Perfectly Chicken
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V5 **9
228Cocktail Sauce
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V10  
229Bubba Gump
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V9 **1
 Saigon Boulder 
231SaigonV6 ***9
232Saigon DirectV9 ** 
233Monkey Dihedral
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V2 ***13
234Saigon Boulder #8 - UnnamedV0 **1
235Saigon Boulder #10 - UnnamedV0 1
 Porcelain Boulder 
237Raggedy Ann
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V3 * 
238Doll Face
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V4 ** 
 Sharma Traverse Boulder 
240The Sharma Traverse
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V10 ** 
241Backside 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 
249Edge of Reason
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V3 **1
 The Checkerboard 
251The Checkerboard
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V8 ***6
252The Checkerboard (stand start)V7 ***2
 ---THE PAINTED CAVE AREA--- 
 Painted Cave Boulder 
255Slashface of the ButtermilksV6 *1
256Painted Cave Sit Start
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V6 **2
 Charlie Brown Boulders 
258Evening SnowV7 *1
 Xen Boulder 
 Grain Tower 
 Big Wave Boulder 
 ---THE BONEYARD--- 
 Bone Boulder 
 Solitaire Boulder 
265Solitaire
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V8 ***2
 Get Carter Boulder 
267Sunshine Naked
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V0 3
268Roadside Crack
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V1 3
269Seven Spanish Angels (aka: The Ruckus)
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V6 ***17
270To Kill Ya Corner
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V3 **3
271Michael Caine
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V9 **1
272Get Carter
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V7 **2
273Holy Slab
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VB 2
274Backside Crack
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VB 5
 ---SECRETS OF THE BEEHIVE AREA--- 
 Nectar Boulder 
277Queen Sweet Nectar
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V9 **1
278Queen 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 
285Suspended in Silence
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V5 ***7
286Drone MiltiaV6 ***3
287Lidija's Mouth
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V3 ***7
288Hunting Dog
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V2 *4
289Wanderlust
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V2 *2
290Snake Oil
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V6 *1
291Traverse
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V1 *2
292Moon Grey Blue
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V2 1
293A Smile at the Foot of the Ladder
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V0 1
 Unnamed Boulder 
 Honey Boulder 
296Christine Keeler
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V5 2
297Cindy Swank
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V7 **5
298Charlotte Rampling
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V2 1
299Heidi
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V0 1
300Cover Me With Flowers
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V2 ***4
 Jedi Boulder 
302Jedi Mind TricksV4 ***9
303Out of Focus
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V1 1
304Out
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V0 *1
305Flake Descent
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VB 1
306Loud Dark Eye
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V1 *1
 Spectre Boulder 
308Sidewinder
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V10 ** 
 Beekeeper Boulder 
310Beekeeping for Profit and Pleasure (low finish)
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V3 3
311Follow the Pollen Path (low finish)
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V4 2
312The Beekeeper's Apprentice
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V5 3
 Mead Boulder 
 Apiary Boulder 
 Honey Bear Bong Boulder 
316Honey Bear Bong
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V7 **2
 Apis 
 The Honeycomb 
 The Hive 
 Boulder 1 
 Cracked Cobble Boulder 
322Cracker
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V1 **2
323Cave
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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 
332The NinthV7 *** 
 ---Dale's Camp--- 
 Small Fruit Area 
335Fear of a Black Planet
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VB **3
336Unnamed #1
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V2 *2
337Unnamed #2
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V2 *2
338Tricky GrainV0 1
339Small Fruit
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V3 **3
340Scoopy-Doo
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V0 1
341Unnamed #10
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VB *2
 Hueco Wall Area 
343Hueco Wall
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V9 *** 
344Gastonia
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V8 **2
345Xaviers roof
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V11 ***1
 The Notch 
347Free Your Ass
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V1 *2
348Unnamed #11
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V3 2
349Don Quixote
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V0 **1
 Led Zeppelin Area 
351The Legend of Rosa May
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V5 **1
 Heart Prow Area 
353Pet the KittyV6 **1
354Emotional RescueV2 1
355The Heart ProwV1 *3
356Xenolith SlabVB **1
 ---Dale's West--- 
358The Flake
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V7 **1
359Zen FluteV10 ***3
360Roadside Boulder #12 *V3 **1
361Howard Carter sit start *V6 1
362Ranger Rock #1 *V3 **1
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