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This boulder is just down hill from Moby Dick, and has lots of problems, more than detailed here, on it. Most every face, arête, eliminate or other variant has been climbed.

It is named for the scooping "bowl"-shape south face.

Access issues inherited from Santee Boulder Field

Land is privately owned by large developers, but no signs are in place restricting access. Tagging and littering are common issues and groups including Allied Climbers of San Diego regularly hold clean-ups.

Ethic inherited from Santee Boulder Field

Be sure to wipe dirt from your shoes before climbing to reduce the polishing of footholds. Chipping is unacceptable.


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5.11a Jump Start Boulder

Climb the blunt arête at the south-west (left face of the bowl on the south face) corner of the boulder.

5.8 * Amphitheater 1B Boulder
5.8 * Amphitheater 1C Boulder
5.10 * Amphitheater 1D Boulder
5.10 * Amphitheater 1E Boulder
5.10 * Amphitheater 1F Boulder
5.10+ * Amphitheater 1G Boulder
5.12a One Cut Above Boulder

Work up the steep arête on the east side of the boulder. This is the right side of the south-east arête.

5.7 The Down Climb Boulder

Easiest way off the boulder, on the east face of the boulder.

A couple thin moves to the biggest most obvious holds on the east face of the boulder.

Crux is first couple moves -- so actually easier than 5.7 down climbing if you jump down from a couple feet up.

5.10 Walkman Boulder

Left side of the north face.


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