Photo Friday: Seven Utah Bouldering Spots

This is actually a belated Photo Friday post. You’ll have to excuse me, as I was in Joe’s Valley bouldering yesterday and didn’t get around to putting it together. On the up side, I grabbed one more photo to add to the gallery. Unfortunately, I also grabbed a nice sunburn.

Every spot pictured below is worth a visit except Stansbury island. That area has very little good bouldering and is also home to an active shooting range. The geniuses who were shooting there during our visit did not seem particularly concerned with safety; from up on the hillside, we could see their bullets sending up dust plumes less than fifty feet from where we parked, seemingly outside the island’s loosely designated shooting areas. Of course, no one stopped shooting in our direction as we walked back to the vehicle, very visible in our brightly colored clothing and with a massive crashpad sticking up in the air. The constant echoing report of the bigger guns alone was enough to put us on edge for the few hours we were there.  Proceed with caution.

…And I guess I wouldn’t drive too far to go to the Ogden Boulders, either, although they do offer some good lines and are perfectly climbable on a sunny winter day.

One classic granite bouldering spot I frequent that’s not represented here is Little Cottonwood Canyon. Maybe I’ll get a LLC-specific gallery together for a future Photo Friday post. Until then…

Andrew B. working Resident Evil
Andrew B. working Resident Evil (V10), New Joe's, Joe's Valley, UT.
Nate W. warming up at the Ogden Boulders
Nate W. warming up at the Ogden Boulders, Ogden, UT.
An unknown climber on Golden, at the Triassic Boulders
An unknown climber on the moderate classic Golden (V1), at the Triassic Boulders, UT.
The Blockhead Lord posing down on some unknown hard problem in Moe's Valley
The Blockhead Lord posing down on some unknown hard problem in Moe's Valley, UT. Photo: K. Marine
Chris S. sending Ju (V7), on the Big Red Monster Boulder
Chris S. sending Ju (V7), on the Big Red Monster Boulder, Ibex, UT.
The Blockhead Lord on a random slab on Stansbury Island.
The Blockhead Lord on a random slab on Stansbury Island, UT. Photo: K. Marine.
The Blockhead Lord on an unkonwn arete problem outside of Moab.
The Blockhead Lord on an unknown arete problem near the Big Bend Boulders, outside of Moab, UT. Photo: K. Marine

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