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Greg's Cliff

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Greg's Cliff  

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Submitted By: Frances Fierst on Jul 18, 2003
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Greg's Cliff is the first rock you will encounter when hiking into the Ptarmigan Creek Area. Greg's Cliff itself currently has 9 documented routes, ranging from 5.9 to 5.12c. Five of the routes are starred routes, including Baba Fats (5.11a) which is a classic must do climb! The rock is quality granite, and it is usually slightly overhanging. Routes are single pitch, well protected and can be done with one 60 meter rope.

Once you are here, you can also access Prison Wall, Storm Jumper Wall, Kaos Wall, Jungle Wall, and Hurricane Wall by hiking further uphill. Trees are abundant and close to the rock, so shade can almost always be found. Bring a water filter and get a cool drink from nearby Ptarmigan creek.

The entire Ptarmigan Creek area is loaded with lots of great sport climbing, primarily is the 5.9 to 5.12+ range. There is also a lot of other first ascent potential all over this area.

Getting There 

There is a small (2-3 car) gravel pullout on the North side of Hwy 82, 100 feet down hill (west) of mile marker 52 and a blue adopt-a-highway sign.

The Ptarmigan Creek trail leads off from the corner of this pullout, and heads up hill. Ptarmigan Creek will be on your left as you hike in. Follow the trail with cairns. The first wall you will run into is Greg's Cliff. It is a short walk, only about 10 minutes to access.

If you continue uphill, you can also access Prison Wall, Storm Jumper Wall, Kaos Wall, Jungle Wall, and the Hurricane Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Greg's Cliff:
Truth Decay   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
5.9 Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
This Way or That   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Baba Fats   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
A Broad's Side Of A Barn Door   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
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Linda Chang contemplating the crux section

Baba Fats 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CO : Independence Pass : ... : Greg's Cliff
Baba Fats is on the left side of Greg's Cliff. The approach trail will drop you right in front of the route.A classic route! Although there are rests, the route is deceptively overhanging and strenuous. Follow the black streak in the rock, starting at a small slabby section. The climbing is primarily face climbing on horizontal holds. The crux is a long , strenuous section in the middle of the route. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By used2Bthere
Jul 30, 2005
This place is absolutely gorgeous. I lived in this area for about 4 years. It's so beautiful.

It definitely beats the hell out of my present location, Iraq. Enjoy the freedom most take for granted.

US Soldier by trade/ski bum at heart
By Rob Dillon
Jun 8, 2006
I hope you can come back and enjoy it again soon. Holler if you need a pard.
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