Menses Prow and Dragon's Lair from the trail.
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.
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.
Weather station 8.1 miles from here
48 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',29],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Menses Prow:
First Blood 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Red Dog 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch
After Dark 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Menses 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Graceland 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Sundogs 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Featured Route For Menses Prow
First Blood 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 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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Latest Regional Forum Messages
End of another beautiful winter day at Shelf.
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.