Stirrup Boulders

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Lots of sun!
25 mins
Uphill

The boulders extend up the hillside in a narrow strip following a spur, bounded on the left by a gully. The Sheep Pen Boulder is the first reached and though impressive are somewhat spoiled by the stink of sheep droppings. Further up, the boulders are all good, with Boulder 4 probably the best having some fine hard problems. Though the hillside is steep, the landings are generally flat and good, with a couple of notable exceptions. Guidebook page 170.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
Problem 1
Climb the arete.
 V0 4c
2
Shelf Life
Directly up the centre of the wall over some overlaps.
 
Bumstart
V1 5b
3
Billboard of Opportunity
Start back left in the cave and traverse right then through the roof to the slab which is followed rightwards to the top.
 
Bumstart
V7 7A+
4
Deep Down & Dirty
Climb from the back of the roof, up the crack and finish up Billboard.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V5 6C
5
The Prow
The prow direct onto the slab is steep and powerful.
 
2 Stars
Bumstart
Strong
V7 7A+
6
Smells Like Teen Spirit
The ramp is climbed to the overlap then finished out left. A pongy V5 from sitting.
 
1 Stars
V4 6B
7
Smells Like Toot Grable
Move left a few feet up Smells Like Teen Spirit and cross the smooth wall to finish up the slab.
 
1 Stars
V3 6A
8
Respect to the Jug
Start up a crack behind the boulder, swing left with difficulty to a good hold, then left again to the jug and the ledge/ramp...
 
Fluttery
V4 6B
9
Dirty Groove
 V1 5b
10
Pixies Stole My Bangle
Move slightly right then straight up the wall. V4 from sitting.
 
1 Stars
V3 6A
11
Right Arete
A good clean line.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V3 6A
12
Rag Bollock Roof
Up and over from right in the back.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V4 6B
13
Riding an Ethnic Sheep
Sit down at the right end of the boulder and traverse the lip - sustained and excellent.
 
2 Stars
V3 6A
14
Problem 14
 
Crimpy
V0+ 5a
15
Problem 15
Climbed on positive holds.
 V1 5b
16
Problem 16
Head up the shallow groove.
 V0+ 5a
17
Problem 17
Up the groove, pull left then straight up. Photo on page 169.
 V1 5b
18
Problem 18
The wall trending right to a scary finish.
 
1 Stars
Fluttery
V2 5c
19
Problem 19
Start on the overhanging face of the prow, up to a flat hold, then left to a terrifying finish. Brave spotters...
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
Reachy
Fluttery
V5 6C
20
Problem 20
Climb the arete, with a poor landing.
 V0 4c
21
Ten Mighty Wee Guns
The crimpy wall is harder than it looks and is tackled more or less directly.
 
2 Stars
Technical
V7 7A+
22
Problem 22
Climb the shallow ramp trending rightwards.
 
Bumstart
V0+ 5a
23
Tom's Groove
Up the wall into the niche and then up.
 V0+ 5a
24
Chinese Whispers
Climb up and right to the diagonal crack and jam rightwards to the top - very good.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V4 6B
25
No Sheffield Walk-in
The overhanging wall and prow direct.
 
2 Stars
Bumstart
V8 7B+
26
Confabulator
A confabulous line up the centre of the overhanging wall is one of the best in the area. Takes some drainage and may need a...
 
2 Stars
Bumstart
Technical
Strong
V8 7B+
27
Beginners Bass Line
A hard start up the overhanging arete, then traverse the lip to the left.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V3 6A
28
Ruff Licks
Start as for the last problem but go right instead.
 
Bumstart
V3 6A
29
The Slab
 
Bumstart
V0- 4b
30
Problem 30
Climb the prow then lip traverse left.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V3 6A
31
Pit Boss
The very steep wall with great potential for cracking your head on the dry-stone wall behind you.
 
1 Stars
Bumstart
V7 7A+