climbed in Sept/Oct 2007, G.Cornell and family
The Camp 37 Boulders are a fun sprawl in a very accessible location just in and above the Bluerock Campground at the end of Hwy #546 west of Turner Valley. Being on the edge of the campground, this makes for an awesome place to start the little ones into the art of bouldering, or for you to go out while the family relaxes around the fire or the kids play war in the many forts built around the boulders. The rock is solid and rather bald in spots. Makes for a nice topper to a day of hiking or hunting in the area.
Drive west from Turner Valley down Hwy#546 and park before the bridge at Bluerock Creek Trail. At the top of the log staircase, walk into the campground. Go into the 2nd site you come to (#37) to start this small circuit. Otherwise, walk up the trail from the posted trail sign a few minutes above the canyon to a small boulder in the woods. From here bushwack east a few minutes to the rocks. Likely the best time to visit is in autumn after the campground closes down for the season.(mid-September) The long 40m rockwall above has current projects on it and would be great to see more traditional routes there. For it, walk up Bluerock Creek Trail for 8 minutes to a standing dead tree where you can see the creek curve west like a gorge. Follow flags/cairns up the trail for ten minutes more.
A)Guitarpick(VB-0) up left side and traverse the face avoiding top jugs.
B)Losers Go Home(V0) sit-start the arete, from one jug to the next. Or, SS tilted backside of south face.
C)The Pontiac Boulder(V2-3) 1)traverse easy east face but make difficult drop down from crack and under the overhangs. 2)lay down under the right edge of the ’hang, using a roof heuco, dyno to the top from good hold. 3)”You Got It Pontiac”- SS under the ‘hang off solid pull and lunge to upper jug and pull out for topout, one of the best route @ Camp #37! 4)traverse west face from low end to the overhang on slopers and bad feet, trickier than it looks.
D)The Slug(V1) traverse black wall from left, crux is matchin holds under moss patch, go up overlap.
E)Mr.ChiPig(V1) SS under the whitespotted overhang and use jug holes. The tilted east face of the south boulder has been traversed as well(V1).
F)Madcap(V0) SS off holds, grab top and make awkward mantle up.
G)Tang(V3) few minutes hike up trail from Guitarpick. Start in face center making crimpy moves to a nice crimp up high and right.
H)Slack Modern Youth(V3) walk up behind a large low angled slab(VB) to the back wall. Lay down in hole and make fun steep jug moves up and off.
I)Whinehouse(V0) nice lunch spot. Cross the entire slab. Make it hard.
J)Cajamarca(V2) follow flags up past a slab for a few minutes to a wall with a fallen log. Start low end, traverse up using only the face holds.
K)Ringpop Boulder: holds the finest route and hardest problem at Camp #37. 1)Tanya’s Crack(V1) SS off a cool heuco on the east face, stem to good right-facing corner crack. Very fun. 2)Boyhood Dreams Die Hard(V3) SS the nose onto big flat ledge, mantle up off blank holds. 3)Ringpop(V4) SS off a very low hueco go right to bigger one. Use tow hard crimps above one another to gain a mossy fist crack. An incomplete project has been started on the dark slab to the left of Ringpop.
L)Lay the Marble Tea(V3/4)hike down a slope to the creek and enter a splitted rock. Start low on white concave wall a go up to ‘will-clean-up-in-time’ ledges and small crimps. Nice pump.