2014 Update: The U.S. Forest Service has reopened Eagle Rock and Security Risk climbing areas in Boulder Canyon which have been closed since Feb. 1 to protect golden eagles during their nesting season. Blob Rock and Bitty Buttress areas remain CLOSED.
Each year, Boulder Canyon raptor nesting area closures are in effect starting February 1st through July 31st at Eagle Rock, Security Risk, Blob Rock, and Bitty Buttress. However, the area is monitored and closures are periodically lifted early (due to no active nest, nest site failure, or early fledging). This monitoring program is a partnership with the Forest Service Boulder Ranger District, Boulder Climbing Community, and Audubon Society. Check back periodically during times of closure for updates. More info at www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/arp/recreation.
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Mordor second pitch is by far one of the most spectacular in the Boulder area.
Pitch one: 5.10d Start 50 feet right of "Direct Route" on a ledge with several pine trees. Climb up a dog-leg crack (tricky start and gear) to a ledge. Follow a thin seam past two bolts up to a two-bolt-anchor.
Pitch two: 5.12b/c Climb up to first bolt and make committing moves out left towards the arete. Make a hard, technical move past the second bolt and reach a good incut hold. Follow the bolts up the face and move left at the fourth bolt. Reach the arete and 500 feet of air below your feet. A spectacular spot! Climb the arete up to a two-bolt-anchor.
Rappel the route to the ground. Three-star climbing with four-star position!
The first pitch takes small to medium gear. First pitch ends at a two-bolt-anchor. Pitch two is protected by six bolts and ends at a two-bolt-anchor.
By ChanVan Nov 4, 2013 rating: 5.12b/c7b+27IX-27E6 6b
Very cool route - hard/ somewhat scary second clip due to swing potential - I used a long quickdraw on the second bolt. After you get that clipped, tiny feet through the crux section with some hard crimpin' but mercifully brief. The rest of the climb after that is amazing, 5.11, steep, edge climbing with mega exposure. Rad.