established August 2006, G.Cornell
The Benchmark Boulders are easily seen about 1/2km north of the Weeping Wall pullout in a rock field mixed into the trees, at most a minute from the car. Most of the best routes are just found walking along an old overgrown road that parallels the highway #93. Named for the government benchmark sign cemented into a low boulder marking a geological survey.
1)Hey Dave! Poohing is Fun….Sometimes(V1) after world famous ice climber Guy Lacelle stated that one of his favorite ice routes hangs on the left side of the Upper Weeping Wall put up by muy loco muchacho Dave Marra, he said somebody just needs to convince him to change the name, my guess is unlikely. This is an ode to Dave’s creativity and to have the name float about a bit more. A nice yellow wall that stares at the highway. Start off on a yellow crimp and go up and yank off the fin above.
2)Cheeze(VB) as you come off the above route, a short fun slab face. Opposite side is unclimbed.
3)The Clamshell(V0) walk east in the woods. Rockwith potential overhang fun; SS, climb the arete move onto the slab.
4) Buried Rock(VB) a fun starter; from low holds go up and then left, below the Clamshell.
5) Please Don’t Honk(V0) start on dirt mound, go up crack moving right to jump off, slab undone. Fun but goes nowhere.
6) Project - SS and angle up the arete to gain the ridge.
7) Life Stumped(V2) in front of stump with fresh buds of life. Link good crimps, play with the eliminates.
8) American Death Triangle(V2) on the backside of the big slab(unclimbed) is a colored triangular face. Go off flake rail and pull up to the top. A cairn on the ground marks where the best spot to descend is.