Known for scary landings and steep problems that are tough for their grade, the Mental Block is something of a "testpiece boulder" for climbers in the V4/V5 range. Like the Eliminator Boulder
, these problems are well-known Gill classics, especially Mental Standard
and Pinch Overhang
, which the old stone master put up on the same day back in the late 1960s. Warm up on Tiger Face
, which ascends the west face of the small boulder guarding the Mental Block, chalk up, and get ready to pull down hard and master committing topouts on these classic lines.
Like the Pitch Penny Boulder
, there has been considerable erosion around the base of the Mental Block since Rotary has become a more popular bouldering destination. Unfortunately, this erosion has been expedited by the 'gardening' of the landing - several rocks and bushes have been removed over the past few years by climbers hoping to improve the landing zone. Please leave the Mental Block as it is; committing topouts and fearful landings are some of the trademarks of the classic lines on this rock.
From the southern end of the parking lot, follow the trail that leads around the south end of the ridge line, heading north past the Bolt Wall and Ship's Prow. Continue along the trail as it breaks slightly left, passing charmingly between two closely-spaced pines and, soon, just below the intimidating, overhanging west face of the Mental Block. Step across a flat boulder to it's base.
Weather station 1.7 miles from here
8 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mental Standard V4 6B CO
: Fort Collins
: ... : Mental Block
Can this be most favorite problem too? Find the Mental Block about 100 yards north of the Eliminator Boulder guarded by the smaller Tiger Rock, amidst some trees downhill from a break in the ridgeline. Standard climbs incuts and crimps just left of Pinch Overhang. Grab a left sidepull, a right underclingy sidepull and crank up a couple of moves, then pull the insecure mantel off without becoming one with bushes, rocks and your spotters. Beautiful and thrilling moves....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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