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East Ridge

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Babyback T 
Edgemaster S 
Everpresent Lane T 
Exile S 
Fluorescent Gray T,S 
Fountain of Youth T,S 
Galactic Warrior T 
Haywire T 
Ilga Grimpeur S 
Iron Cross T,S 
Kent's Krack T,TR 
Knack, The T 
Lightning Bolt Arete T,S 
Slabmaster aka Stealth Bomber S 
Stealth Slab Downclimb T 
Superguide T 
Unity T 
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East Ridge  

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Elevation: 7,400'
Location: 39.9665, -105.2894 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Michael Walker on Oct 20, 2001
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  • Description 

    Wedged between the Goose and Nebel Horn Ridge, the East Ridge rises in two steps separated by a gap. The lower step is the Fiddlehead. The upper step is also divided in a lower and upper section also, conveniently named by their characteristics: the Stealth Slab and the Dihedrals. The Stealth Slab contains many high quality sport routes while the Dihedrals are better visited for its mixed and trad routes. The whole of the East Ridge can be characterised by its Eldo-like sandstone (but with more pebbles it seems) and its beautiful red and green south faces.

    The location can be very quiet, almost forgotten, and a pleasant day can be had working from the top of the ridge down or visa versa in solitude. Don't miss out on the views of the Indian Peaks from the ridge crest.

    Getting There 

    No matter where you start, you'll be at least an hour and 1/2 on the trail before you reach the East Ridge climbing routes. Find the Fern Canyon trail from a number of trailheads (the North Shanahan seems easiest) and follow it past the Superfresh block (the obvious overhanging bolt route), which is shortly encountered after the Slab Overlook. You have a choice from here: you can take a faint trail right up into the gully between the East Ridge and Nebel Horn Ridge which brings you past the Fiddlehead, or continue on the Fern Canyon trail to the sandy ridge top and bushwack right along the crest West of Nebel Horn Ridge. Class 3 scrambling and wonderful views of the Indian Peaks bring you to the classic serrated lines of the Upper Dihedrals.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 2.3 miles from here

    17 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

    The Classics

    Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for East Ridge:
    Fountain of Youth   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
    Edgemaster   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
    Everpresent Lane   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Iron Cross   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   
    Lightning Bolt Arete   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
    Fluorescent Gray   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
    Slabmaster aka Stealth Bomber   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
    Exile   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport   
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    Featured Route For East Ridge

    Fountain of Youth 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CO : Flatirons : ... : East Ridge
    If you're in the climbing game for spectacular position, good pro, and interesting climbing, then this climb is a winner. Add in the lack of crowds (or people at all), beautifully colored rock, and an abundance of good climbing near-by and this climb should be on your "someday" list. The draw backs? Seasonal wildlife closures for half the year (February 1 - July 31st typically), and an arduous approach (like 1 hour and a half with a full pack, that is if you know where to find this climb. Ex...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

    Photos of East Ridge Slideshow Add Photo
    From The Slab, 4/11/02.
    BETA PHOTO: From The Slab, 4/11/02.
    Made me think, and I hate that.  Really fun 11a/b,...
    Made me think, and I hate that. Really fun 11a/b,...
    Upper East Ridge dihedrals.
    Upper East Ridge dihedrals.

    Comments on East Ridge Add Comment
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    By George Bell
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 23, 2001
    No reflection on you Michael, but I think this is a terrible name for this crag (I understand it is Rossiter's term). East Ridge of what, Nebel Horn? How can an East Ridge trend more or less North-South? I would hope we can come up with a better name for this crag.
    By Michael Walker
    From: Loveland, CO
    Oct 28, 2001
    George, I couldn't agree more! It almost seems an inside joke or something. I only refer to it as such b/c of Rossiter.

    BTW, speaking of inside jokes, the Bean Liquer wall in Boulder Canyon didn't get it's name from a liquer, he-he, but "Bean Licker" - yes, THAT bean....Perhaps Rossiter knows something we don't....
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