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The Patio - Boulder Canyon
El Patio from the Road
The Patio from the Road

This is one of the few places to climb during Boulder's monsoon season, as the wall stays dry even in the hardest of rains due to the huge roof band that caps it. This 60-foot traverse is usually done left to right, though it can be done right to left or up and back for a bigger pump. The one-way trip is about V-4 or V-5 and the up and back can be done around V-6. Arrive early in the summer for shady, cool temps & don't miss out on the little swimming hole below to cool off after your session.

Getting There:
Zero out your odometer at the mouth of Boulder Canyon as you cross the bridge over Boulder Creek (1.1 miles past the intersection of Ninth St. and Canyon Blvd.). Drive west on Highway 119 up the canyon for 7.7 miles and park on the right under Practice Rock.

Walk up the canyon 100 feet from the parking lot, jump the guardrail on the left side of the road, and cross the creek via a dead tree. Go fifty feet up the gully below Bell Buttress and hook right onto the ledge with The Patio.


JB at The Patio
JB at the Patio
Pros:
Stays dry in the rain, shady summer hang, no hike approach, good landing, kind on the skin, big, slopey holds, good rock.

Cons:
Close to the road, noisy, shadowy, no up problems, highly visible from the road, got to cross the river. If the river is too high, don't cross it.

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