The Almost There Boulder
GETTING THERE AND INFORMATION:
The Almost There Boulder is a popular short stop on the way up to Mount Baldy or a great way to end the day coming down from Mount Baldy. The stone is good quality and there are problems for the beginners as well as problems for the crusher. This boulder sits in a cluster of other boulders and is the most climbed boulder out of the other warm up boulders surrounding it. The Warm Up V1 is one of the most climbed problems at Mount Baldy. If you like slopers and heel hooks again check out Open Wide (V5) or its extension Torso-Fritter V7. There is also a really unique problem Up The Funk (V4) you either love this problem or hate it. Regardless, expect a scary committing mantle like top out. Local Chris Hirsh added Milking The Bull V9 in 2018 and stands as the hardest testpiece in this area.
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THE ALMOST THERE BOULDER
1.) OPEN WIDE V5****
Stand start right hand on sloper crimp and left hand in the first low dish. Throw your right heel into a heel hook on the rock and start slapping up the clean arete. The arete doesn’t seem to really let up and stays on you until the top out. Classic Problem with Classic movement.
FA: Greg Parker
2.) TORSO-FRITTER V7****
Start low and to the right slightly of #1. This extension adds a move into the starting holds of #1. Dan Dewell added this extension in the early 2000s. It holds its status as a testpiece to this area not many climbers have climbed it via the extension. Classic Problem!
FA: Dan Dewell 2000s
3.) UP THE FUNK V4**
Awkward start can get you turned around really quick on this fun warm up. If you can manage to cruise the bottom with out getting mixed up save energy for the epic scary mantle that protects the top. Its best to not over think the upper section and just keep progressing up.
4.) MILKING THE BULL V9***
This is the hardest problem in this area and remains a test to the area. The problem was established by local Chris Hirsch in 2018 and has yet to see a repeat. Start under the arete and move up using slopers. Beautiful clean line and great vision.
FA: Chris Hirsch 2018
5. Warm Up V3***
Classic fun warm up for the area and one of the most climbed problems at Mount Baldy and maybe even Mount Rushmore. Can be a little tricky and you can easily get turned around right from the start. If you can get your hands in the right place it should be fun and cruiser. Nice jug holds at the top to pull and mantle over.