The following crags are typically closed 1 February to 31 July:
The Goose Goose Eggs East Ridge Mars Block Nebel Horn Tower of the Moon Jamcrack Spire The Pyramid Incognito Crag Devil's Thumb Shadow Fax Isolation Rock Sunset Wall Devil's Wing (W. Face) The Matron Lost & Found The Sibling Toddler Rock Sphinx Medusa
Perhaps the loneliest of all Flatirons crags I have ever visited. No sign of human passage was noted when we arrived. This west-facing wall lies perhaps 200 meters N/NW (uphill) along a ridge of rock contiguous with the back of the upper Summit of Shadowfax. A few lines and potential lines are on this West Face, ranging from 50 to 80 feet in height. Since all existing lines were established onsight free solo in approach shoes, the harder looking lines were not attempted. The rock here is surprisingly good, but loose blocks are common and the crag has seen almost no traffic, so it has been left in its original state. To descend, no stations have been established- both parties (soloists) have climbed up the summit ridge, ascending North/Northwest, then scrambled down from the top on the West Face as it became possible. Perhaps an easier way would have been to continue on the ridge until its complete dissolution.
From the ridge of rock behind the upper (Western) summit of Shadowfax, scramble up large talus blocks N/NW to a west-facing wall 200 meters away.
This is a reasonably good route, but it is not a destination route - more of a place to go to be sure to be alone. Climb up mellow moves to an overhang crux, pulling up into the right-facing corner of the climb. Follow the corner to the summit. ...[more]Browse More Classics in CO