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Flashback To Acid Beach S 
Graceland S 
I am a Viking S 
Jumbo Pumping Love S 
Krakatoa S 
Lamont’s Period  S 
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump S 
Light Days S 
Liquid Affair S 
Lunch at the Y S 
Menses S 
Metaphysical Fictions S 
My What a Big Bulge S 
No Passion for Fashion S 
Original Route S 
Period Epic S 
Period Piece S 
Pig Dictionary S 
Prima Nocta  S 
Pueblo Gringos S 
Red Dog S 
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Shelf's Worst Route S 
Slender Fungus S 
Smart Server S 
Smokin' Crack T 
Stratabulge S 
Sudden Impact S 
Sundogs S 
Thirteen Engines S 
True to Tradition/Tucker's Faith S 
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat Machine S 
Unknown S 
Weed n' Feed T,S 
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Menses Prow  

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Elevation: 6,780'
Location: 38.6199, -105.2371 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Jun 5, 2007
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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.

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.1 miles from here

50 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',27],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

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+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Baroque Period   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Lamont’s Period    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Prima Nocta    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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   
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat Machine   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Pueblo Gringos   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Flashback To Acid Beach   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Big Chill   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Slender Fungus   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches   
Menses   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Lunch at the Y   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
No Passion for Fashion   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Thirteen Engines   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
First Strike   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     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   
Cosmic Thing   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Menses Prow
Dec 23, 2005

Menses 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : Shelf Road : ... : Menses Prow
This nice clean namesake route is a couple lines right of No Passion for Fashion and just left of The Big Chill. Follows a dished out seam up the face then over an overlap and face climbing above to the anchors. The holds are slopey and the climbing continuous, better climbed when in the shade (morning)....[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.
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