Climbs 256
Rocktype Volcanic tuff
Altitude 1342m a.s.l
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Crag features

The Sad Boulders is a 1/2 mile long shallow canyon, running roughly north-south, cut into the southern end of the volcanic tableland north of Bishop. There are small bands of cliff either side, some free-standing boulders, and a few areas where the giant blocks create a cave-riddled chaos. The rock is volcanic Bishop tuff, like the neighbouring Happy Boulders, often heavily pocketed or roughly featured, but occasionally smooth.

The Sads is not only a tuff connoiseur's paradise with a slew of amazing hard lines, it is also an explorer's treasure trove of climbing at every level on some of the best rock in the Bishop area. With 250 problems crammed into a small area, and much more to be done, there is plenty to enjoy here no matter what level you climb.

At around 1300m, the Sads are generally free of snow during the winter, and only get rain during the heaviest mountain storms. During hot days, the Sads is remarkable for offering some cool air within its many caves.

Approach notes

From Bishop, head north out of town and take Highway 6 for a mile or so to the second of two roads on the right (signed Five Bridges Road). Follow this to a crossroads just after a construction site and take the dirt road on the left (Chalk Bluff Road). Follow this for about 1.5 miles, looking out for the layby parking on the left side. There is a large noticeboard set back from the road on the right, next to the trail leading to the Sad boulders.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  *Lower Canyon*
  First Boulder
3 Unnamed #1 V0  
  Bird Boulder
5 Unnamed #2
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V3 **  
6 Unnamed #3 V3 *  
  Bruiser Boulder
8 Bruiser
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V6 *  
  Cool Boulder
10 Easy Cool
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V3 *  
11 Birth of the Cool
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V6 *  
  Guantanamera Boulder
13 Guantanamera
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V3 **  
14 José
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V5 *  
  Sun Trap Boulder
16 Project
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?  
  Small Cave
18 Pinball
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V7 *  
19 Dumb Luck
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V2 *  
20 Fumble in the Dark
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V3 1
21 Your Sloper is a Two-Dimensional Dress
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V1  
  Brown Slab Boulder
23 Unnamed #14
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V0+ **  
24 Unnamed 15
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V0 5
25 Double Arête
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V0+ * 3
26 Brown Slab
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VB * 3
  Humpty Dumpty Boulder
28 Humpty Dumpty Left Start
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V6 *  
29 Humpty Dumpty
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V3 **  
30 Humpty Dumpty Low Start
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V7 *  
  Trucker Cave
32 Trucker Fucker
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V7  
  Hidden Roof
34 Unnamed #22
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V6 ** 1
35 Unnamed, Right
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V4  
  *Kung Fu Area*
  Boneless Herring Boulder
38 Boneless Herring
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V0 * 2
39 Fish Sticks
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V2 1
  Big Kipper Boulder
41 Salmon
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V4 * 1
42 Kipper Snapper
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V1 * 2
43 The Sardine Can't
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V1 1
  Big Cave Boulder
45 Sit-Down Job
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V0  
  Big Slab
47 Big Slab
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V0 *** 1
  Space Suit Boulder
49 The Space Suit
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V3 * 11
  Reward and Treason
51 Reward
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V0 * 1
52 Treason
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V1 *  
53 Environmental Masquerade
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V1 * 2
  Kung-Fu Grip
55 Kung-Fu Grip Left
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V2 * 4
56 Kung-Fu Grip
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V5 **  
  Dragon Cave
58 Honalee
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V8 * 1
59 Enter The Dragon
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V9 * 1
60 Exit the Dragon
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V11 *  
  Cow Skull Boulder
62 Cow Skull
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V5 * 1
63 Unnamed #19 V0  
64 Unnamed #20 V3  
65 Unnamed #21
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?  
66 Unnamed #22 V0 *  
67 Unnamed #23
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?  
68 Maximum Relaxum
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V3 ** 6
  *Rio's Crack Area*
  Rio's Crack Left Buttress
71 Ice Cream Against Time
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V3  
72 I Hardly Know Her
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V1  
73 Strength in Numbness
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V6 * 1
74 Strength in Numbness Sit-start
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V9 1
  Rio's Crack Wall
76 Rio's Crack
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V6 *** 8
77 Chicken Licken
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V9 ** 1
78 Leubering Direct Start
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V8 ** 1
79 Leubering with Intent
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V8 ** 1
80 Leubering Bypass
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V6 *  
81 Leubering Without
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V5 *  
82 Unrio
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V5  
  *Death Star Cave Area*
  The Death Star Cave
85 El Barracho
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V1 * 1
86 Anti-Hero
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V5 *** 11
87 Evil Eye
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V5  
88 Soma
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V7  
89 Death Star 2000
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V8 *  
90 Unnamed #6 V3  
91 Xingu
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V6 * 1
92 Pitfall
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V6  
  *Los Locos Area*
  Lawnmower Man Boulder
95 First the Garden, Next the World
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V4  
96 Lawnmower Man
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V7 *** 1
97 Slick Toe
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V4  
  Los Locos Cave
99 Los Locos
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V7 ***  
  Lawn Equipment Boulder
101 Vibrating Lawn Equipment
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V8  
  Cocaine Boulder
103 Lines of Cocaine
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V0  
104 Brothers and Sisters
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V0  
105 Feel the Vibe
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V0  
  Traverse Boulder
107 Pocket Traverse
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V3 ** 1
  Extrapolator Boulder
109 The Extrapolator
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V6 *  
  *Central Joyless/Molly Area*
  Molly Boulder
112 The Great Dominions
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V1 * 13
Climb name Grade
113 Head Heritage
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V3 * 7
114 Molly Variation Left Start
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V7 **  
115 Molly Left Start
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V6 ** 1
116 Molly Variation
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V6 ** 1
117 Molly
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V5 *** 21
118 Molly Dyno
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? * 1
119 Smiths
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V0+ ** 5
120 World Shut Your Mouth
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V2 3
121 Chewed Out
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V4  
  China Doll Boulder
123 China Doll
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V0 ** 17
124 Mothers
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V0 * 9
125 Girl Call
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V0 4
126 Sue Me
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V1 1
  Central Joyless
128 Have a Cigar
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V1 * 6
129 Riding the Gravy Train
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V1 4
130 Which One's Pink?
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V2 1
131 Spacehopper
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V0 10
132 Bouncing Babies
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V0 8
133 Sleeping Babies V0 1
134 Sleeping Gas
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V2 ** 8
135 Unnamed #21 V4 1
  *Misery Area*
137 Rabies
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V2  
138 Feral Child
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V3  
  Misery Cave North Entrance
140 Any Which Way But Loose
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V0+ * 2
141 Oceania
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V4 1
  Misery Cave
143 Hovercraft
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V3  
144 French Press
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V6 *** 8
145 Press That!
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V7 *  
146 Misery
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V3 *  
147 The Black Stuff
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V1 *** 5
148 True Love
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V7 *  
149 Project
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?  
  Flake Boulder
151 The Groove
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V0- *** 1
152 The Arête
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V0- *** 1
153 Unnamed #16
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V4  
154 Unnamed #15
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V3 **  
155 Unnamed #14
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V3 **  
156 The Flake Crack
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V0  
  East Arête
158 East Arête
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V5 *  
  *Pow Pow Area*
160 Ow Ow
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V8 * 1
161 Pow Pow
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V8 *** 8
162 Still Life
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V2 ** 4
163 Oil On Canvas
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V1 * 5
164 Unnamed #5 V1 *  
165 The Cheese Curd Traverse
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V6  
  Water Colors Alcove
167 Water Colors
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V7 * 2
168 Hands-Free Slab
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V0 ** 7
169 Hands-on Slab
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VB 5
  The Sun Spot Boulder
171 Sun Spot
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V2 * 3
172 Sun Spot Right
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V4 2
  *Sad Parrot Area*
  The Bird Cage Boulder
175 Feeding Frenzy
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V7 * 1
176 The Fang
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V4 * 10
177 Toothless
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V3 1
  Parrot Fashion Boulder
179 Parrot Fashion
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V0 1
180 Arse La Vista
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V4  
181 Syd Barrett
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V4  
  Bertie Blunt
183 Bertie Blunt
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V0  
  Norwegian Blue Boulder
185 Blue
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V2 ** 4
186 Norwegian
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V4 * 3
  Sad Parrot Boulder
188 Flake
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VB  
189 Spike
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V4  
190 Sad Parrot
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V3 * 2
191 Mad Parrot
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V0  
192 Bad Parrot
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V0 * 4
193 Rad Parrot
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V7 **  
194 Bob Parrot
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V3 1
195 Bob Parrot Sit
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V6  
196 Bob Parrot (Of Maine)
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V2 ** 4
197 Tight Arête
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V1  
198 Unnamed #20 V0 *  
  *Strength in Numbers*
200 Community Spirit
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V1 1
201 Unnamed #2 V2  
202 Strength in Numbers
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V5 *** 14
203 SIN Variation
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V6 *** 3
204 Come Together
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V7 * 1
205 Let The Happiness In
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V4 * 2
206 Chemical Romance
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V2 * 5
207 Unnamed #8
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V2 3
  *The Ice Caves - Outer Area*
209 The Crack Problem
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V4 3
  Emma's Boulder
211 Emma
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V2 * 7
212 Unnamed #3
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V1  
  Short Arête Boulders
214 The Overhanging Nose
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V0+ 4
215 The Short Arête
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V3 * 2
  Hauck a Loogie Boulder
217 Low-Angle Arête
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VB 2
218 Gotta Be Kidding Me!
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V5 1
219 Sir Isaac Hayes
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V1 2
220 Hauck a Loogie
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V3 * 11
221 Hauck a Loogie Sit-start
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V5 ** 2
222 Hauck a Loogie Eliminate
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V7 ** 1
223 Slice and Dice
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? 1
Climb name Grade
  The Hot Pants Boulder
225 Unnamed #14 V1 1
226 Chef's Arête
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V5 * 2
227 Hot Pants
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V5 ** 4
228 Up for the Down Stroke
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V4 2
229 Unnamed #19
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V1 4
230 Flush
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VB 4
231 Funkadelia Bdelia
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V0 * 10
232 Parliament
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V0 * 10
  *The Ice Caves - The Caves*
  Mackey Cave
235 Cream Horn
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V3 *  
236 Layback Crack
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V0 * 4
237 Mecha-Streisand
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V8 *  
238 Mr. Mackey
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V7 **  
239 The Ninth Wave
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V8 **  
  Ice Cave Entrance
241 Shaft
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V5 * 1
242 Erotic Terrorist
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V6 ** 9
243 Rorschach Test
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V11 *** 1
244 Project
-
?  
245 Shizaam
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V5 ** 10
246 Shizaam Sit
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V11 *** 1
247 Undercling Problem
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V3 * 2
248 Fueled by Hate
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V5 ** 4
249 It's All About love V8 *** 2
250 Frostbite
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V8 *  
251 Loaded
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V1 ** 10
  The Passageway
253 Bubba Escapes the Ward
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V10 **  
254 Water Hazard
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V10 **  
255 Water Hazard Right Start
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V9 *  
256 Byrolian Traverse
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V6  
257 Darkness at Noon
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V8  
258 The Mothershop Has Left
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V7 * 1
259 The Mothership Has Left Sit-start
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V8 *  
260 The Mothership Connected
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V6 * 1
261 The Mothership Connection
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V4 ** 4
  The Ice Cave/Beef Cave
263 Beefcake
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V10 *** 1
264 Beautiful Gecko
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V12 **  
265 Beefy Gecko
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V11 ** 1
266 Windchill
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V9 *  
267 Feel Like a Barnacle
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V7  
268 Wheel of Beef
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V11 *  
269 Aquatic Hitchhiker
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V10 * 1
270 The Aquarium
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V12 **  
271 Light at the End of the Tunnel
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V8  
  *Prozac Nation Bluffs*
  Crystal Boulder
274 Diamond
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V2 ** 3
275 Crystal
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V3 * 3
276 Unsung Gem
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V4 * 1
277 Local Boy Does Good
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V4 *  
  Jerry Falwell Boulder
279 The Hysterical Bear Incident
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VB  
280 Porn Again Christian
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V2 * 3
281 Jerry Falwell, Porn Star
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V1  
  Prozac Nation Boulders
283 Flawless
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V7 *  
284 Prozac Nation
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V2 ** 3
285 Pencil Dick
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V5 * 1
286 Pencil Dick Stand Start
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V3 1
287 Unnamed #11
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V4  
288 Pocket Pussy
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V1 3
  Snapper Boulders
290 Garden Pest
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V0+ ** 2
291 The Crack
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V0 * 1
292 The Snapper
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V5 **  
293 Fire Pit
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V2 *** 1
294 Crack and Wall
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V0  
295 Laughing Cow
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V1 * 1
296 What Mick Missed
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V0  
  Pop-a-Wheelie Boulder
298 Pop-a-Wheelie
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V4 *  
  Talk Talk Boulder
300 No Talk
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V1  
301 Talk Talk
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V4 1
302 Shit-Talk
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V2 1
  Valium Boulder
304 Unnamed #5
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V1  
305 Valium
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V2 **  
306 Thread the Needle
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V2 **  
  Bomber Boulders
308 Bishop Bomber/Pound Sign
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V0  
309 Caveat Emptor
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V0  
310 Shop Till You Drop
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V1  
311 Teen Angst
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V0  
312 Lonely Teenage Bedroom
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V0  
  *Kindergarten Area*
  Parking Boulder
315 Unnamed #1
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V1  
316 Unnamed #2
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V1  
317 Mr Frosty
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V8 **  
318 Unnamed #4
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V7 * 1
319 Unnamed Variation
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V6 *  
320 Unnamed #6
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V3  
  Slunk Boulder
322 Slunk
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V9 **  
323 White Men Can't Jump
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?  
324 Unnamed #9
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V1  
  Beano Boulder
326 Unnamed #10
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V2  
327 Beyond Beano
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V1  
328 Unnamed #12
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V0  
  Psycho Boulder
330 Psycho Billy Cadillac
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V2  
  Rim Job Boulder
332 Whiskey, Beer, and Splif Hits for Breakfast
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V4 *** 6
333 Give Me a Rim Job
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V6 **  
  Tim's Highball Boulder
335 Professional Widow
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V4 *** 3

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