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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
First Blood 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
The Baroque Period 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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'
Dumb Waiter 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch
Smart Server 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat Machine 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'
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump 5.10b/c 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
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
Sundogs 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
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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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