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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 16, 2006
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BG identified a "short wall of grey rock" 9.3 miles from the Mall Road with a potential top-ropeable crack. Someone has been at work. The crack now has a nice chain anchor, a new bolted line has been completed, and at least one project is underway. The completed route left of the crack is difficult, superb, and ascends excellent rock.

Getting There 

There is a large pullout immediately below the crag and located 1.6 miles from the pullout for Mary's Bust (a bit more by my odometer than 9.3 miles from the Mall Road intersection).


Parking is 1.3-1.4 miles west of Drake.


A. Pilgrim, 6 PG-13, 1p, 65', bolts.
B. Face Race, 7, 1p, bolts.
C. How to Kill a Bear with Your Hands, 8+, 2p, 80', bolts.
D. Nightmares About Ticks, 12, 1p, 40', bolts & gear.
E. Ninja Ladder, 14-, 1p, 70', bolts.
F. Yoda, 11+, 1p, 70'.
GF. Ninja Crack, 12, 1p, 70'.

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Ninja Ladder goes straight up the face left of the black streak/crack

Ninja Ladder 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a  CO : Estes Park Valley : ... : Salt Block Rock
Left of the prominent trad crack is a bolted route that runs up to chain anchors. The start is sharp and a bit runout to the first clip (traverse right). This is followed by beautiful and strenuous climbing that fires up an offset, right-facing corner for 25 feet. This is followed by another 25 or so feet of face climbing on largely very good stone. The offset corner felt very powerful, and very finger intensive. This route reminded me of climbing at Security Risk in Boulder Canyon: hard, a bit ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Dillon Sprague
From: Loveland, CO
Jun 14, 2007

If I remember correctly I saw 3 bolted routes- what is the third bolted line?

By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Jun 14, 2007

We were at the Salt Block on Sat, 9 June, and the route just right of the chimney appeared to be a work in progress with only a few bolts on a very blank looking face.......

By allen simons
Mar 7, 2009

Parking is 1.3-1.4 miles west of Drake.

By allen simons
Mar 31, 2010

Hey, thanks for adding the nice topo. Allen