2014 Update: The U.S. Forest Service has reopened Eagle Rock and Security Risk climbing areas in Boulder Canyon which have been closed since Feb. 1 to protect golden eagles during their nesting season. Blob Rock and Bitty Buttress areas remain CLOSED.
Each year, Boulder Canyon raptor nesting area closures are in effect starting February 1st through July 31st at Eagle Rock, Security Risk, Blob Rock, and Bitty Buttress. However, the area is monitored and closures are periodically lifted early (due to no active nest, nest site failure, or early fledging). This monitoring program is a partnership with the Forest Service Boulder Ranger District, Boulder Climbing Community, and Audubon Society. Check back periodically during times of closure for updates. More info at www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/arp/recreation.
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Crack Corner is admittedly an obscure climb that is overshadowed by the several stellar routes on Animal World. That being said, like Old Dihedral, it's a fun climb and worth the attention if you brought your rack up the hill.
Crack Corner is the first route encountered on the lower cliff when hiking up the trail, immediately to the left of Animal Rights Activist. Look for a right-facing corner with parallel cracks ending at a tree. Climb the cracks and pull through a small bulge about 1/2 way up (crux). The climbing felt a little harder than the 5.7 rating, but the protection is excellent all the way to the top where you can anchor off the tree and boulders. To descend, downclimb the gully immediate to the left of the corner.
Stoppers and cams up to a #3 or #4 Camalot. Gear/tree anchor.
The dihedral crack turned out to be wider than anticipated and for most of the climb. I'd advise bringing at least 1 if not 2 #4s. Two #3s would have been handy as well. Using my largest piece, a #3, early left me with nothing to protect below and through the bulge. I chose to downclimb and back clean instead of taking the risk.
Leave the cams at home on this one. It is easily protected with hand to fist-sized hexes and a set of stoppers. Rock quality in the crack is questionable, although there are bomber jams and good edges all the way up.
By Jay Eggleston From: Littleton Jul 1, 2014 rating: 5.75a15V+13MVS 4b
I did not see the comment above about anchors being added, so we used the anchor on Triple Play.