Northern Bourbons (MT Bouldering TR)


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Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 29, 2008 - 07:00pm PT
Two weeks ago the dedicated Batholith explorers and myself uncovered a rather large stash of boulders. It was difficult to get a grip on the area, as the rock didn't seem to really peter out. The zone was much bigger than expected, and we settled for just scratching the surface. We stayed on what we believed to be the 'western side of the zone'...turns out that's not exactly true...

This past weekend, AWhit and Zana decided to return and camp out in the area, spending some full days climbing and exploring.

I joined them on Sunday, calling Andrew that morning I sensed the enthusiasm in his voice, "North of where we're camped at, slightly northwest of where we were climbing last week...we took a walk up in there. It's packed with nice boulders, a great klettergarten..." (indeed, Tarbuster's term has been now adopted)

I cruised out solo(save for johnny law giving me an escort), and wandered up into the woods. Indeed there was another LARGE grouping just minutes away from where we were last week, and minutes from the Bourbons, which already hosts 100+ problems.

Once again I had a problem that I was okay with: way too many boulders to scope in a day to feel oriented. I decided to be alright with just wandering, as the rock just kept going in most directions. I wished I took more pictures, but this area is a keeper. Expect to see more...

A great traverse with a crimpy/balancey ending...

Many many loaves out there...

getting Eyeball Daggers

Andrew pointing out The Pinecone Jubilee to the right...

Left side of the same boulder...

Zana logs some flight time...

Andrew rounds out the day with some '5.10 fingers and hands'

We packed up and headed down toward the camp/cars...throughout the day, we did a bit of a backwards C...on the way down, we did the more direct path back down, finding many more on the way out. Overall, it's on...way to much rock, and just a handful of people going out to discover it's offerings...Andrew, Hutch and Zana all agree this could be the most prolific zone...yet anyways...

Last week(and some fresh Mojede pics too)

and after getting off the phone with Fruh, it sounds like plans for a mid-week session is already in the works...

Hope you got out and enjoyed this past week...

Cheers from the backwaters,

goatboy smellz

स्कन्ध, co
Sep 29, 2008 - 07:14pm PT
Nice shades Bocephus.

Trad climber
Butte, America
Sep 29, 2008 - 07:20pm PT
Separated at birth?

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Gym climber
) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) . . . Buffering
Sep 29, 2008 - 08:37pm PT
Sick crew / area(s) . Is anybody shooting video out there yet ?
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Sep 29, 2008 - 10:48pm PT
Thanks for the nice pics TK! What an awesome area you folks have!

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 29, 2008 - 11:07pm PT
thanks y'all!

dolomite_said - Just a bit of video here and there...nothing at this specific 'zone' but some from last year in the 'aspens':

kind of 'thrown together'...

Trad climber
Sep 30, 2008 - 03:50am PT
Yea climbing!
I love the islands but many TR's make me go to the beach and surf!

Mountain climber
Sep 30, 2008 - 07:25am PT
Thanks for the TR! Don't get to see much of this anymore.

Trad climber
Bozeman, MT
Sep 30, 2008 - 03:31pm PT
YES!!! Excellent tips feel like they can take another round.

The Boulder Batholith:

"Bouldering for people who like climbing"

TKing---How's about "Stoned Pirate Traverse" aka "Single Barrel Traverse"? Any photos of the last saucer traverse?

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2008 - 04:12pm PT

Saucer climbing...

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Sep 30, 2008 - 05:13pm PT
Scwheeet saucers of milk, said the Munge!
Doug Hemken

Madison, WI
Sep 30, 2008 - 05:36pm PT
Isn't "Yankee Bourbon" an oxymoron?

Looks like fun!

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 30, 2008 - 05:42pm PT


I'm totally naming a problem 'yankee bourbon' now! LOL!!
Nate D

San Francisco
Sep 30, 2008 - 05:43pm PT
You sure you didn't tip that saucer over a bit on purpose?

Don't yard too hard on that baby.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 3, 2008 - 12:14pm PT
Got back out to the northerns for a bit yesterday afternoon to explore and move over some stone with the ladyfriend...seems to be alot of fun moderates to do out there...

Hopefully I'll be back over the weekend, but the weather outlook isn't looking as good as one would like...hope y'all are able to go play as well...


Trad climber
Butte, America
Oct 3, 2008 - 12:28pm PT
Nice pics, Tom--I hope she doesn't mind being in a climber's fish-bowl, hehe.
lars johansen

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Oct 3, 2008 - 12:51pm PT
Very nice pics and excellent bouldering report. Wish I were up that way. Also great to see an actual climbing report rather than the plethora of political blather that seems to be taking up a lot of space on the topo lately. There are plenty of places for that kind of discourse on the web. This really is a climbing forum.

Thanks for the great TR



Trad climber
Butte, America
Oct 5, 2008 - 09:51pm PT
A few more from today:

Andrew warms up


Fruh feelin' it out

AWhit gunnin' for the top



Oct 6, 2008 - 03:24pm PT
Tried to slip this past me, TK? Busted...
the kid

Trad climber
fayetteville, wv
Oct 6, 2008 - 03:28pm PT
nice boulders dude!
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