County is a jumbled garden of car-size granite blocks below a
small SW facing cliff band high above DamNation
at 7500 feet elevation. With a unique blend of bad landings, drop
off tunnels and dirty rock, Hazard County is not for the faint
of heart. The problems tend to be technical, hard and dirty. And
become highball real quick on big holds.
Drive up FlagStaff Road for 8.7 miles. Turn left onto SH 72 (Gross
Dam Road). Drive .8 miles, park in a tiny area on the right side
at an S-shaped curve. Hike up behind a small white Open Space
sign to the west and trend right about 250 feet and then trend
left towards a gap in the trees. Cairns should appear and leads
right along the base of a short cliff band to the west. The Boar's
Nest is the first rock you'll come across. Crazy Cooter is down
a ramp to the west. Daisy Duke is below Cooter 20 feet to the
F. at the parking area
Fields sends General Lee V6
The climbing varies from brilliant series of perfect pockets
to dirty and brittle highballs and currently has only about only 20 problems.
So far the area hasn't seen much traffic. The landings tend to be terrible
and convoluted but they pad up well with at least 5 pads. The problems
are high enough to be committing and interesting. It's not Horsetooth, it's
not even DamNation. But it makes for a good day of necky bouldering in
a serious setting.
discovered by Kevin Murphy and Ryan Fields, Hazard County is not an area
for beginners!! Also, it's not dog-friendly at all. So leave Scruffy at
home. Hazard County isn't very inspiring if you don't like using a lot
of pads or many spotters and can fall in control. The hike in is short,
but the rocks are almost too close to Gross Reservoir spillway, so keep
a low profile. As Scott Rennak says, 'he could climb here forever... although
make sure you bring no less than 5 pads and plenty of spotters.'
The Shield V5:
2. Thankless V4: * Follow pockets to end.
3. What About Waylon V2:
4. Waylon Jennings Arete V3: * (R)
5. 2-3 short problems V2-V4:
6. Crazy Cooter V2: *
7. Boars Nest V5: * sds (R)
8. Daisy Duke V6: * sds
9. Frodgulation V8: Start both hands in crack.
10. Head And Shoulder V6:
11. Boss Hog V6?:
12. Project Wall:
13. Scott's Dyno V3: * Without pads!! (X)
14. General Lee V6: * Start in grotto. Straight
out, following arete.
15. Rosco Roof V?: Right of #14.
R. sends Crazy Cooter V2
Rennak on General Lee V6