Thursday, October 25, 2012

Joe's Valley Bouldering

I've only been to the West Fork boulders in Joe's Valley but there are plenty of boulders there to keep anyone entertained for years, with hundreds of problems. This is a very cool area with scenic canyon walls towering over either side of a beautiful river. 

There are many good places to camp in the west fork. The Riverside boulders and A Wrinkle in Time boulder both have great places to camp right next to them. The Riverside boulders are a few minutes past the Mine Cart boulder going west.  There are two big turnouts on the left side of the road and the boulders are just down the hill from there next to the river. A Wrinkle in Time boulder is a few minutes after the crack boulder on the left. There is also camping around the reservoir.

Camping next to the riverside boulders.

Traversing the backside of the Riverside boulder.

A Wrinkle in Time boulder.

My favorite project of the day was Killing By Numbers. It's a V5 problem on the other side of the road from the Mine Cart boulder and a hundred feet or so west. The Mine Cart boulder is the one just off the road with a mine cart monument right next to it.

V3 on the backside of the Mine Cart boulder.

 Killing By Numbers V5


Directions: It's only about 2 hours from Provo. Take Hwy 6 south to Price. Take the Hwy 10 exit and turn right (south). After 26.6 miles, merge onto Hwy 29 west. Go 3.8 miles and turn right at the "T" signed Joe's Valley. After turning right, follow the road 7.7 miles to the Joe's Valley fork. Turn right for the north fork and continue straight for the west fork. In the west fork, all of the boulders are before you reach the reservoir. 

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