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To those of ya who are worried a coffee table book of classics is gonna suddenly bring tons of crowds to eldo or boulder canyon (you know, your beloved hidden gem crags) well, not sure what to tell ya. Send me your address and I'll send you an autographed copy to put on your coffee table when I'm done. That way you can look at cool pictures and read interesting history on rainy days and get psyched to send when the storm clouds stop swirling around your heads :)

I have looked at the 50 classics on Mountain Prroject but that list leaves off many fantastic routes and I simply don't agree that those are the best lines in the state. Maybe the most popular but not necessarily the most classic. And anyway, the ratings are not really comparable... A five star area classic in the Big Thompson can't really compete with a five star area classic on the Diamond.

Thanks for all the feedback, folks. Psyched to hear more opinions, whatever they are.
Nathan Welton
From Estes Park, CO
Joined Nov 17, 2006
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Sep 30, 2012
the yellow route at the gym right now is f$ckin sick!! VerticalUrge
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Oct 1, 2012
footloose n fancy free at the garden. chode monkey
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Oct 1, 2012
Brown Palace might not make many top-ten lists, but surely deserves a place in the top 50. It has the distinction of being the longest pure sport route in CO, and is a very good route without that distinction.

There was a discussion on MP within the last year about the longest sport route in CO where another was mentioned in the South Platte, but it sounded like it was really more mixed and had some sketchy run-out.

I'd also put Andrology (Jurassic Park - Lily Lake) on the list.

The SW corner of the Petit is on my list.
Jon Lachelt
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Feb 2, 2007
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Oct 1, 2012
Andrology Packy Lahey
From Bozeman, Montana
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Oct 1, 2012
Me and Spearhead
Nathan Welton wrote:
I have looked at the 50 classics on Mountain Prroject but that list leaves off many fantastic routes and I simply don't agree that those are the best lines in the state. Maybe the most popular but not necessarily the most classic.


Isn't that the problem w/ compiling a, best of list. It really comes down to preference of the person you're soliciting.
Brent Apgar
From Out of the Loop
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Oct 3, 2012
KC on Fields (medium).  Photo (c) Doug Shepherd
Well, if you're including ice/mixed:

Ames Ice Hose
Bridalveil
Birdbrain Boulevard
Talisman
Stairway to Heaven
Rigid Designator
The Fang
About a half dozen mixed routes in Vail
Vanquished...
Kevin Craig
Joined Mar 20, 2002
448 points
Oct 3, 2012
Out of the blue.  Photo by Mike W.
matt davies wrote:
Internet art. Never has the chasm separating id and super-ego been bridged so succinctly. The reflexive self-awareness and ironic use of capitalization (as if one is the asshole, as opposed to being merely an asshole), causes me to pause and reflect that it is almost ice climbing season in Canada. I will close the circle with a quote from a wise man who posses both the courage and the Ouroboros-esque sense of mirth requisite to expose the brute dichotomy that is the internet forum: "Nobody asked for your opinion... Asshole."



And the distinction between id and super ego has been confirmed and reinforced by mp deleting my post which criticized myself.
Greg D
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Oct 4, 2012
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "...
Greg D wrote:
And the distinction between id and super ego has been confirmed and reinforced by mp deleting my post which criticized myself.

Had you flagged yourself for being a jerk or something?
Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
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Oct 4, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Tony B wrote:
Had you flagged yourself for being a jerk or something?


He did, and it was pretty funny.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
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1,508 points
Oct 4, 2012
Got Milk? How about forearm pump? Tony leads "...
Stich wrote:
He did, and it was pretty funny.

Oh, I saw the post, and it is still quoted a few posts down from where it is removed, which I had initially imagined was done for language. The current question was if he went that extra mile and "flagged" (AKA "flogged") himself (as in reported abuse) for either post. Now that would be takin' it to the limit.
Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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Oct 4, 2012
Easy Lieback
There are well over 50 climbs at The Sport Park in BoCan. That should pretty well cover it!


I saw a few listed that I'll second:

Direct Route, First Flatiron
Left-Handed Jew, Turkey Rocks

Also, Standard Route on the Third Flatiron is a great multipitch beginner climb.
Baumer
From Boulder, CO
Joined Jul 14, 2009
193 points
Oct 4, 2012
Skull cave, Rifle, CO  awesome shot nate!
Super Hard to say, Since I doubt anyone has climbed them all.

that said Bullet in the blue sky was the route that made me want to start climbing
ptrgeorge
From Houston, TX
Joined Sep 18, 2011
746 points
Oct 4, 2012
after the hard stuff, into cruiser hands.
Yellow Spur. NickinCO
From colorado
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