Accessible year-round, the small, broken-up crags at the Classy Cliff Area are great for a quick after-work or mid-winter session. Since this area is located below the Independence Pass gate closure, access during the winter is easy and with a short approach it's possible to get in a bunch of pitches before darkness falls. There are three crags at this area: Master Headwall, Classy Cliff, and Dragon Rock.
From Aspen, drive 4.3 miles to a large pulloff on the right side of the road where Classy cliff is clearly visible. Cross the road, hop over the barrier, and climb the short but steep trail. The first area you come to is Master Headwall. Above this, the trail branches left to Classy Cliff or right to Dragon Rock.
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Palming Baby Heads 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b CO : Independence Pass : ... : Classy Cliff
Palming Baby Heads is a great challenge that tackles the tallest part of this cliff. It climbs the flaring crack on the right side of Classy Cliff proper. After the first 2 bolts, use all of your body tension to keep you from swinging out of the flaring crack. The hardest moves are at the top of the crack getting established on the slopey ledge. A good rest here is welcomed relief before embarking on steep, blocky climbing past a few more bolts to the anchor....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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