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--- 
2Wimberries *V4 *1
 Birthday Boulders 
4Birthday Mantel
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V0 **17
5The Way Down
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V0 11
6Birthday Boulders #10 - Unnamed
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V3 1
7The Prow sit start
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V2 *30
8The Prow standing start
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V1 7
9Birthday Left
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V0 ***39
10Birthday Left SDS into Birthday Direct
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V3 *2
11Birthday Direct
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V3 ***35
12Birthday Skyline
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V3 ***10
13Birthday Boulder #? - Birthday Boulder SDS
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VB 2
 The Loaf 
15The Loaf #19 - Unnamed
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V0 3
16The Rising
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V4 **8
17Naan Bread
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V4 *4
18YeastV3 **1
19Sheepherder
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V2 ***16
20Dough Boy
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V3 *2
 Stained Glass Boulder 
22Stained Glass
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V10 ***2
 Five and Dime Boulders 
24Five and Dime Right
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V0 *2
25Five and Dime
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V1 **6
26Five and Dime Left
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V0 4
 Bun Boulder 
28Bun Boulder #1 - Unnamed
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V0 1
29Bun Boulder #2 - Unnamed
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V0 1
 Big Wall Boulder 
31Big Wall
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V1 * 
32Big Mantel
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V4 * 
 Fly Boy Boulder 
34The Fall Guy
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V9 *** 
35Haroun and the Sea of Stories
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V12 *** 
36Fly Boy AreteV5 **12
37Fly Boy
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V6 **5
38Fly Boy Sit-start
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V8 ***8
39Fly Boy Boulder #22
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V0 *1
40Fly Boy Boulder #23
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V3 *2
 Scoop Boulder 
42Scoop
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V2 * 
43Erosion
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V1 * 
 North Boulder 
45East Side Story
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V3 ** 
46Larger than Life
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V3 ** 
 Pope's Hat Boulder 
48Pope's Roof
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V6 * 
49Pope's Problem a.k.a. No Girlfriend
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V4 * 
 Boy and Girl Rocks 
51Boy and Girl Rocks #12
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V0 2
52Boy and Girl Rocks #13
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V1 6
53Boy and Girl Rocks #15
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V4 *5
54Boy and Girl Rocks #16V1 *8
55PatinaV0 *11
56Patina Right Finish
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V1 3
 Ranger Rock 
58Ranger Rock #1V3 *2
59Ranger Rock #2
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V5 *1
60Rail Problem
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V5 **1
61Ranger Rock #6
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V2 **5
62Ranger Rock #7
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V0 *6
63Ranger Rock #8
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V6 1
64Ranger Rock #9
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V2 5
65Ranger Rock #10
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V1 3
66Ranger Rock #11
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V0 4
67Ranger Rock #12
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V0 7
68Ranger Rock #13
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V2 6
 The Hero Roof Boulder 
70Groovy GritV1 1
71Dishy GritV6 **2
72Easy Grit
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V5 **3
73Rib Direct Sit Start
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V7 *1
74Rib, No Rib
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V1 *5
75Rib, No Rib, Sit
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V6 *3
76Hero Roof
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V0 ***43
77Unamed Slab
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V0- *12
 Iron Man Boulder 
79Iron Man
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V4 ***56
80Iron Fly
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V9 ***3
 The Hagar Boulder 
82Hager Boulder #1
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V0 2
83Hager Arete
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V0 **4
84Hager Face
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V4  
85Unnamed Arete
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V0 2
86Hager Boulder #5
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VB **2
 Golden Boulder 
88Glass Slab
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V0 **1
 The Grovel Roof 
90Grovel Roof
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V3 * 
 The Twins 
92The Twins #16 - Unnamed
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VB **4
93The Twins #17 - Unnamed
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V0 *2
94The Twins #20 - UnnamedV0 2
 The Bowling Pin 
96Original LineV3 **2
97Bowling Pin
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V4 ***15
98Bowling Pin Sit Start
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V6 ***8
99Ten Pin Trial
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V8 **1
 Tut Boulder 
101Tut Boulder #13 - Unnamed
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V1 5
102Tut Boulder #14 - Unnamed
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V0 4
103Tut Boulder #15 - Unnamed
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V0 5
104Milk the MilksV6 **8
105Egypt (no crack)
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V3 *5
106Egypt (crack)
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V0 4
107King Tut
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V3 ***35
108Funky Tut
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V3 ***34
109Ay
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V1 **8
110Howard Carter
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V0 *6
111Howard Carter sit startV6 *1
112Tut Crack Left
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V5 *1
113Tut Crack
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V3 *3
114LululatorV4 **2
115Tut Boulder #30 - UnnamedV2 *4
 Corner Boulder 
117Corner Boulders #4V0- *1
118Corner Boulders #5V0 *6
119Corner Boulders #6
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V1 2
120Corner Boulders #? - Unnamed
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V0 1
 Leary/Bard Boulder 
122Hobbs' Problem
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V2 **7
123Leary/Bard Arete
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V5 ***16
 Buttermilk Stem Boulder 
125Buttermilk Stem Boulder #7 - UnnamedV2 1
126Buttermilk Stem
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V1 ***40
127Buttermilk Stem Sit
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V4 ***11
 Rowell Boulder 
129Buttermilk Gem
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V1 * 
130Junior's Arete
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V1 ** 
131Junior's Achievement
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V8 **3
132Mooned
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V9 ** 
133Rowell Face
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V1 ** 
 Pothole Boulder 
135Pothole Traverse
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V1  
136Pothole Direct
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V0  
 Upper Cave Boulder 
138Upper Cave Boulder #1 - Unnamed
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V2  
 Cave Boulder 
140Pain Grain Sit Start
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V7 **4
141Cave Route
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V6 11
142Shelter from the StormV5 8
143Inner Sanctum
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V2 9
144Gleaming the CubeV8 *1
145Gleaming the Cube (high start)
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V6 4
 Fit Homeless Boulder 
147Fit Homeless Boulder #4 - unnamed
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V0- **2
148Fit Homeless Boulder #4 - unnamed (sit start)
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V1 3
149Fit Homeless Boulder #5 - unnamed
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V0 **3
150Fit Homeless Boulder #6 - unnamed
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V0- **3
151Fit Homeless Boulder #7 - unnamed
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V0 **3
 Soul Slinger Boulders 
153Soul SlingerV9 ***10
 Robinson's Rubber-Tester Slab 
155Robinson's Rubber Tester
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V0 **9
 Xenolith Boulder 
157Heavy Grit
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V7 * 
 Roadside Boulder 
159Roadside Highball
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V3 ***3
160Roadside Boulder #8
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V4 2
161The Rail Problem
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V3 **12
162Roadside Boulder #10V0 *7
163Roadside Boulder #12V3 **1
164Roadside Boulder #13V1 *3
165Roadside Boulder #16V1 1
 Eyes Boulder 
167Eyes Boulder #19 - Unnamed
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V0- 1
 Grandpa Peabody 
169Cave ProblemV4 **9
170Lucid Dreaming
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V15  
171Evilution
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V12 *** 
172Evilution Direct
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V11 *** 
173Evilution To The Lip
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V10 **2
174Advanced Rockcraft Arete5.8 1
 Peewee 
176Peewee #20 - Unnamed
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V3  
 Grandma Peabody 
178Baburre
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V12 ** 
179Essential Peabody
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V0 ***15
180Slipstream
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V4 *4
181North Face Direct
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V2 **4
182Center Direct
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V10 ** 
183Direction
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V13 ** 
184Magnetic North
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V8 ***1
185Go Granny Ho
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V7 2
186Go Granny Go
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V5 **22
187Go Granny Go Right
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V5 **5
188West Corner
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V4 *4
189The Southwest Arete5.9 17
 Sunshine Boulder 
191Sunshine Boulder #1
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V0- **3
192Sunshine Boulder #2V0- 2
193Sunshine Boulder #3
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V0 **10
194Good Morning Sunshine
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V1 ***12
195Sunshine Boulder #6
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V1 *2
 Green Wall Boulder 
197Green Wall Boulder #10V5 3
198South Face of the Green Wall
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V5 **1
199Green Wall Arete
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V1 **24
200Green Wall Essential
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V2 ***46
201Green Wall Center
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V6 ***23
202Green Wall Boulder #23 - Unnamed
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V0 11
203Green Wall Boulder #24 - Unnamed
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V0- 7
 The Hunk 
205The Hunk
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V2 ***15
 Drifter (a.k.a. Smoking) Boulder 
207Change of HeartV6 ***6
208High Plains Drifter
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V7 ***27
209Plain High Dyno
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V10 ** 
 Lower Smoking Boulder 
211Lower Smoking Boulder #22 - UnnamedV7 *4
212The Cosmonaut
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V6 *3
213Croft Problem
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V8 *3
 Bachar Boulder 
215Bachar Boulder #27 - Unnamed
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V4 *1
216Bachar Problem Left
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V5 **6
217Bachar Problem Right/Golden Boy
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V5 **5
 Pinch Boulder 
219Pinch Boulder #32 - Unnamed
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V8 * 
220Pinch Boulder #33 - Unnamed
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V7 ** 
 Womb Boulder 
222A Birthing ExperienceV1 *14
 Mandala Boulder 
224The MandalaV12 ***1
225Pope's Prow
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V6 ***7
226Devoted
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V8 **1
227Devoted TraverseV6 *4
 Smooth Shrimp/Buttocks Boulder 
229The FlakeV1 **5
230Smooth Shrimp/Buttocks Boulder #4V1 2
231Smooth Shrimp
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V6 *7
232Perfectly Chicken
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V5 **10
233Cocktail Sauce
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V10 1
234Bubba Gump
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V9 **2
 Saigon Boulder 
236SaigonV6 ***16
237Saigon DirectV9 **3
238Monkey Dihedral
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V2 ***14
239Saigon Boulder #8 - UnnamedV0 **1
240Saigon Boulder #10 - UnnamedV0 1
 Porcelain Boulder 
242Raggedy Ann
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V3 * 
243Doll Face
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V4 ** 
 Sharma Traverse Boulder 
245The Sharma Traverse
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V10 ** 
246Backside 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 
254Edge of Reason
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V3 **1
 The Checkerboard 
256The Checkerboard
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V8 ***12
257The Checkerboard (stand start)V7 ***2
 ---THE PAINTED CAVE AREA--- 
 Painted Cave Boulder 
260Slashface of the ButtermilksV6 *1
261Painted Cave Sit Start
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V6 **2
 Charlie Brown Boulders 
263Evening SnowV7 *1
 Xen Boulder 
 Grain Tower 
 Big Wave Boulder 
 ---THE BONEYARD--- 
 Bone Boulder 
 Solitaire Boulder 
270Solitaire
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V8 ***3
 Get Carter Boulder 
272Sunshine Naked
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V0 3
273Roadside Crack
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V1 3
274Seven Spanish Angels (aka: The Ruckus)
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V6 ***24
275To Kill Ya Corner
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V3 **3
276Michael Caine
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V9 **1
277Get Carter
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V7 **3
278Holy Slab
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VB 2
279Backside Crack
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VB 5
280Twin Cracks *
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f7C **1
 ---SECRETS OF THE BEEHIVE AREA--- 
 Nectar Boulder 
283Queen Sweet Nectar
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V9 **1
284Queen 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 
291Suspended in Silence
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V5 ***7
292Drone MiltiaV6 ***5
293Lidija's Mouth
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V3 ***10
294Hunting Dog
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V2 *7
295Wanderlust
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V2 *4
296Snake Oil
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V6 *1
297Traverse
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V1 *4
298Moon Grey Blue
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V2 1
299A Smile at the Foot of the Ladder
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V0 1
300Suspended in Silence *f7A+ ***1
 Unnamed Boulder 
 Honey Boulder 
303Christine Keeler
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V5 2
304Cindy Swank
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V7 **6
305Charlotte Rampling
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V2 1
306Heidi
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V0 1
307Cover Me With Flowers
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V2 ***6
 Jedi Boulder 
309Jedi Mind TricksV4 ***17
310Out of Focus
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V1 1
311Out
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V0 *1
312Flake Descent
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VB 1
313Loud Dark Eye
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V1 *1
 Spectre Boulder 
315Sidewinder
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V10 ** 
 Beekeeper Boulder 
317Beekeeping for Profit and Pleasure (low finish)
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V3 3
318Follow the Pollen Path (low finish)
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V4 2
319The Beekeeper's Apprentice
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V5 4
 Mead Boulder 
 Apiary Boulder 
 Honey Bear Bong Boulder 
323Honey Bear Bong
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V7 **2
 Apis 
 The Honeycomb 
 The Hive 
 Boulder 1 
 Cracked Cobble Boulder 
329Cracker
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V1 **2
330Cave
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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 
339The NinthV7 *** 
 ---Dale's Camp--- 
 Small Fruit Area 
342Fear of a Black Planet
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VB **3
343Unnamed #1
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V2 *2
344Unnamed #2
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V2 *2
345Tricky GrainV0 1
346Small Fruit
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V3 **3
347Scoopy-Doo
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V0 1
348Unnamed #10
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VB *2
 Hueco Wall Area 
350Hueco Wall
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V9 *** 
351Gastonia
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V8 **2
352Xaviers roof
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V11 ***1
 The Notch 
354Free Your Ass
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V1 *2
355Unnamed #11
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V3 2
356Don Quixote
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V0 **1
 Led Zeppelin Area 
358The Legend of Rosa May
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V5 **1
 Heart Prow Area 
360Pet the KittyV6 **1
361Emotional RescueV2 1
362The Heart ProwV1 *3
363Xenolith SlabVB **1
 ---Dale's West--- 
365The Flake
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V7 **1
366Zen FluteV10 ***3
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