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Menses Prow

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A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing 
Abscessed Words to Climb 
After Dark 
Armies Of Metaphors 
B.O.S.S. Method, The 
Back for More 
Baroque Period, The 
Bat Crack 
Big Chill, The 
Chiba Chiba 
Cosmic Thing 
Dealin' Crack 
Dumb Waiter 
Fever 
First Blood 
First Strike 
Flashback To Acid Beach 
Graceland 
Jumbo Pumping Love 
Krakatoa 
Lamont’s Period  
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump 
Light Days 
Liquid Affair 
Lunch at the Y 
Menses 
Metaphysical Fictions 
My What a Big Bulge 
No Passion for Fashion 
Original Route 
Period Epic 
Period Piece 
Pig Dictionary 
Prima Nocta  
Pueblo Gringos 
Red Dog 
Scratch and Claw 
Shelf's Worst Route 
Slender Fungus 
Smart Server 
Smokin' Crack 
Stratabulge 
Sudden Impact 
Sundogs 
Thirteen Engines 
True to Tradition/Tucker's Faith 
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat Machine 
Weed n' Feed 
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Menses Prow 


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Elevation: 6,780'
Lat, Long: 38.6199, -105.2371 Map Incorrect?
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Menses Prow and Dragon's Lair from the trail.

Description 

This outstanding crag is one of the most popular Shelf Road cliffs outside of Cactus Cliff. The Menses Prow’s great variety of excellent routes and ample sun/shade options lure climbers of all abilities. The cliff‘s horse-shoe shape ensures excellent conditions, while also providing a more secluded ambience than other Shelf crags, even on busy weekends. Hard-men will be drawn to the short, powerful routes on the Bulge Wall, at the far left end of the crag, while beginners will be thrilled by the numerous sub-5.10 outings at the California Ethics Pinnacle.


Getting There 

Follow the trail from the old parking lot. Pass a signed trail to the Far Side, continuing on the right/straight fork of the trail. After several minutes, the trail comes to a well-signed T-intersection. Take the left fork (marked “Menses Prow”) and descend for 10 yds into the wash. Cross the wash and follow switchbacks up the steep slope to the Menses Prow. The trail ends below “No Passion for Fasion” at the right end of the cliff.


48 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Menses Prow:
Period Piece   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Lamont’s Period    5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Prima Nocta    5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
First Blood   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Dumb Waiter   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Pueblo Gringos   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat Machine   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Flashback To Acid Beach   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Slender Fungus   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches   
The Big Chill   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
After Dark   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Menses   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Lunch at the Y   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
No Passion for Fashion   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Thirteen Engines   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
First Strike   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Graceland   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Sundogs   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Cosmic Thing   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Menses Prow
First Blood.  Climb the crack and corner, pass a bulge to a roof, and traverse right to the anchor.

First Blood 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  CO : Shelf Road : ... : Menses Prow
First Blood is the first route right of the California Ethics Pinnacle. It follows a crack to a bulge and then over it into a corner which is followed to an overhang at which point the route curves right to the belay anchor. First Blood is one of the best moderates at Shelf. It had plenty of holds, smooth jams and great protection (if one ignores the easy run out to the 1st bolt). It looks way harder then the rating but it is all there. The only place where there was not bomber holds was mov...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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End of another beautiful winter day at Shelf.
End of another beautiful winter day at Shelf.
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By Andy Librande
From: Denver, CO
Dec 3, 2012

Where the hell did the name "Menses Prow" come from with all of the related names (Period Piece/First Blood/etc). Has to be some sort of weird story/history?

By Darryl Roth
Jan 9, 2013

Andy... as you see the wall has a redness to it... the naming of which was due to Brian Mullen. He is known for frequent off color (no pun intended) route naming. Just look at FA records of Shelf and San Louis Valley climbs. Why he would name it that still baffles me. Facebook him, he's there, and ask. If you find out, I'd be interested to hear as well.

By Jason Parks
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 4, 2013

28 Sept 2013: May have dropped my wedding ring (white gold with 5 sapphires) and another ring (titanium with silver inlay) out the Trail to Menses Prow. Any booty finders, please contact me so I can get out of the doghouse.