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This rock is mostly lower angled slabs of Fountain Formation sandstone with decent to excellent opportunities for protection (some runouts possible but the angle is VERY low here). Great area to practice placing pro on lead and it gets lots of sunny exposure (east-facing). Climbs here range from 5.0 up to about 5.12, with most being of the lower levels of difficulty.
Follow Table Mesa Rd. to its end at NCAR. Park at NCAR and take the NCAR trail (TH on west end of parking lot, entrance) to Skunk Canyon trail. You are looking for Hillbilly Rock, situated directly below and east of the summit of Ridge One (Skunk Canyon). This is the first rock ridge encountered on the trail and it will be directly in front of you and before a switchback in the trail. At the apex of this switchback is a climber's trail that ascends a steep gully to the base of Ridge One. There are a few large outcroppings passed coming up the gully (they are climbable). Hillbilly Rock will be the first "wall" or face of any real size.
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East Face Center/Hillbilly 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Billy Goat Arete 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
East Face South Side/Hillbilly 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a R Trad, 3 pitches, 460'
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Jessica's Line (aka HBF Front Boulder) 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 CO : Flatirons : ... : Hillbilly Rock
This is an obvious line on a large boulder lying just SE of Hillbilly Rock. We wandered past it on the way down from Ridge Two of Skunk Canyon. Its siren-like appeal may have got the best of us. If this is your line, please pardon me. We gave it a name, because it seemed fun to climb. Apparently, Gerry Roach did it previously & rated it F6. We rated it 5.7- (it definitely is harder than 5.5, but Gerry is a hardman), but it isn't an option in the rating difficulties on the site.Gerry Roa...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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