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Mind Shaft Crack Left T 
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Unknown (Mine Shaft Roof) T 

Mind Shaft Cliff Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,200'
Location: 40.0028, -105.4103 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: J Marsella on Apr 17, 2011
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This 20-25 foot high formation has three cracks, a couple bits on the left, & that's about it. The possibility for some short face routes exists. It is south-facing & warm.

The rock is of moderate to good quality, though there is a lot of dirt, pebbles, and general organic matter on the top-out / anchoring area. Watch out for cacti.

There is lots of road noise.

There are no bolts, so prepare to trad or TR with built anchors.

Getting There 

Drive 2/10 of a mile past Boulder Falls (~7.8 miles into the canyon). There is a large pullout on the right.

Old mining debris (wooden items & rusted iron rails) are scattered about. The face is also characterized by some red painted shapes and a "G" on the right side (near the walk-up)

Belay from the car.


A. Left Loose Flake, 9+ PG-13, 1p, 30', gear or TR.
BA. Unknown (Mine Shaft Roof), 9+, 1p, 30', gear or TR.
C. Mind Shaft Crack Left, 9, 1p, 30', gear or TR.
D. Mind Shaft Crack Middle, 9+, 1p, 30', gear or TR.
E1. Right Crack Left Start, 7, 1p, 20', gear or TR.
E2. Mind Shaft Crack Right, 7, 1p, 20', gear or TR.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.6 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Deb at the crux finger jams.

Mind Shaft Crack Middle 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CO : Boulder Canyon : Mind Shaft Cliff
Although this route is short, it's a nice crack climb with excellent rock. Footholds on the face to the right are quite sparse, so effective jamming is crucial. The crux is doing exit moves when the crack thins down after the last hand jam. This route is shown in the D'Antonio guidebook, where it is given the very incorrect rating of 5.7+....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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