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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