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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.
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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'
First Blood 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Prima Nocta 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Dumb Waiter 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat Machine 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Pueblo Gringos 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
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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No Passion for Fashion 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a CO : Shelf Road : ... : Menses Prow
Another brilliant Shelf Route, this time it is on the right side of Menses Prow. Find the inner route on the left (East-facing) wall of an inside corner. Look for a few shakeouts along the way. Start with big holds and stemming from the corner up left to the first bolt. Move past the overlap to the fun sequential, pumpy moves that don't stop until you reach the anchor. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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