Temporary closures near Fiscal Cliff: May-July 2014 MORE INFO >>>
The long-awaited Peaks to Plains Trail up Clear Creek Canyon is under construction! Please note that rockfall mitigation will be happening around Fiscal Cliff. All work will be taking place in areas already designated as construction zones, but crews would like to remind climbers that these areas remain off limits for safety concerns. Dog House and Cat Slab will not be affected. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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Point Break is definitely a summer crag, the overhanging side of the cliff NEVER sees any sun. Fall and Spring can bring really good temps without being cold though. This relatively short cliff hosts a handful of routes and some decent variations. Climbing ranges from 5.9 and slabby to 5.12+ and overhung, a decent outing, the only crappy part is the approach. See 'Getting There'.
There is only one easy approach to this crag and that is when the river is frozen over, in which case, it's probably too cold to climb here.
Point Break is located on the bend just downstream from the New River Wall, but it is across the river. When low enough to wade or river is frozen, park in the big pullout across from the crag. Walk up the road to a drainage tunnel that runs underneath the road and goes down to the river. There is a crossing that is generally low (below and to the left of the crag) and an ice bridge that forms (below and to the right of the crag). Once across the river, keep walking upstream to a trail that zig-zags up to the base of the cliff and the fixed line. (CAUTION: the gullies and ledges below the cliff band are steep and dangerous, follow the trail, or be ready for something spicy.)
If you don't want to cross the river, you have to approach from Tunnel 2 (we went this way the first time and only the first time), and it is a LONG approach. Just man up and cross the river, or get waders, they're awesome for climbing in Clear Creek.
I would also recommend a stick-clip for these routes. First bolts are not high, but you start on a ledge, so it's a good idea.
Starts clipping the first three bolts of the route farthest right, then trend up and left toward the anchors that are second from the right. The crux is between the second and third bolt, getting established on good feet. Decent climbing....[more]Browse More Classics in CO
Nice info posting work. Jason. Great working on this area with you man!! You put in some nice lines.... Hope to send my project soon and score an early ascent of your new classic "Laughing With God" (SANDBAG!!). Sick!!!
Excellent work putting these lines in guys! I rap inspected that overhang a couple years ago and put it on the List. Definitely eye-catching when you buzz around the bend! I will check them out when it gets a little warmer. "Little hand says it's time to rock and roll!"