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The Monkey House

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Face Full of Bush S 
Monkey Bars S 
Monkey Business S 
Monkey Pause S 
Monkey Puzzle S 
Monkey See, Monkey Do S 
Monkey Shine S 
New Pollution, The S 
Psycho Hose Beast S 
Punishment For Shoplifting S 
Reward aka Convicted Felon, The S 
Schwing Salute S 
Soap on a Rope S 
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The Monkey House  

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The Monkey House is the leftward continuation of The Wall of The '90s. There are now 16 or so routes in this sector of the wall. Numbering begins with Psycho Hose Beast (1) which is immediately to the left of New Pollution and continues on up hill to Home Boy Bonanza (18) at the Death Rock. Routes vary in length from 50 - 60 ft to 85 ft, so for the most part a 60 m rope will suffice for everything. The routes face West to North, get good evening sun, and a bit of shade higher up the hill. Overall, the rock quality is superb and worth the five minutes of added hike from The Wall of The '90s.

Getting There 

The Monkey House is immediately West of Tunnel 2, 5.5 up Clear Creek Canyon on 6th Avenue. Parking for several cars is available on the South side of the highway, but this has been recently limited by CDOT. Trails to the base follow the obvious wash or the small ridge line at the parking area.


Death Rock

A. Homeboy Bonanza, 12, 1p, bolts.
B. The Sprawl, 12, 1p, bolts.

Monkey House

C1. Monkey Pause, 1p, 12-, 95', bolts.
C2. Monkey Shine, 10+, 1p, 95', bolts.
D. Face Full of Bush, 1p, 80', bolts.
E. Monkey Bars, 12, 1p, 80', bolts.
F. Monkey Business, 12-, 1p, 100', bolts.
G1? Unknown, 11- R, 1p, bolts, pin, & gear.
G2H. Monkey Puzzle, 10+, 1p, 45', bolts.
H. Unknown, 12-, 1p, 80', bolts.
I. Monkey See, Monkey Do, 12, 1p, 50', bolts.
J. Schwing Salute, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
K. The Reward aka Convicted Felon, 1p, 60', bolts.
L. Soap on a Rope, 12, 1p, 60', bolts.
M. Punishment for Shoplifting, 10, 1p, 70', bolts.
N. Psycho Hose Beast, 11-, 1p, 75', bolts.
O. New Pollution, 12, 1p, 40', bolts.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Monkey House:
Monkey Puzzle   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Punishment For Shoplifting   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Face Full of Bush   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Schwing Salute   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Monkey Bars   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Monkey See, Monkey Do   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Reward aka Convicted Felon   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Soap on a Rope   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Soap on a Rope 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  CO : Golden : ... : The Monkey House
Though it's only a variation to Convicted Felon, it is quite good! If you're a fan of thin face climbing, this is not to be missed. It's hard to determine the grade, but it is definitely a notch or two harder than Convicted Felon. Start up Convicted Felon for the first 4 bolts, then step right to a ledge. Crimp and finesse your way up the face for 4 bolts then step back left to the anchor on top of Convicted Felon....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Anonymous Coward
Jul 21, 2004
Has anyone been on or done the route that is listed as a 5.12? project up at the Monkey House that is between the 11c and 10d? Has this had a free ascent (I assume it has)? What is the grade guess? Sweet line that is much harder than it looks.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 23, 2004
Anonymous... I have toproped the 5.12 line you speak of at the Monkey House. I think it is 5.12b. Near the end is some very difficult steep slab moves with some long reaches for not so positive crimps. I sandbagged my partner into leading it a while ago because I wanted to climb it... "hey, man, its only 12a, I think, give it a go, bolts are close!..."
By John Kelley
From: Sedona, AZ
Aug 1, 2004
Found a pair of shoes on 7/31/04 e-mail and I'll send them to you.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 6, 2005
Gear Alert
What's the story with the first bolt missing on The Sprawl (on Death Rock)?
By desbien
From: seattle,wa
Feb 11, 2008
NE1 know if this area stays clear of snow etc. during the winter?
By M Lindfors
From: Highlands Ranch
May 17, 2010
The unknown 12 is kind of runout and not fun for tiny (5 foot) people. The top runout is especially bad for short people. My son got on this thinking it was Monkey See and had a really hard time.
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