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The Aircraft Carrier Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 39.4771, -106.3681 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: JJNS on Nov 7, 2009
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The Aircraft Carrier is a secluded bouldering spot with a little something for everyone. The first boulder that was developed was the aircraft carrier. This boulder has a about ten problems on it. The area around the boulder has been developed as well yielding an excellent V9 called the Cool Arete.

Getting There 

Take US Highway 24 south from I-70. Drive south through Minturn and up and over Battle Mountain. After about five miles of driving uphill, you will reach the top of Battle Mountain. After this, you will descend for about two miles before going over a large bridge. This is the Red Cliff bridge. Continue over the bridge and down the hill. At the bottom of the hill is the parking on the right for the Kluttergarden. Continue past this parking lot for about two miles before taking a right onto Homestake Road. Homestake Road is a dirt road and appears right before some switchbacks. Once you make a right on Homestake Road, continue down the road until you cross a bridge. Immediately after the bridge park on your right in a small two car pullout. Park here.

Hike north along the river on a trail for about 1/4 mile. After 1/4 mile look left for a large boulder. When you see this boulder, turn left and hike uphill south of the big boulder. Continue hiking uphill on the trail for another 200 feet before reaching the Aircraft Carrier.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Aircraft Carrier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Aircraft Carrier:
Star Crossed Lovers   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   
Dem Apples    V8 7B R     Boulder, 20'   
Cool Arete   V9 7C     Boulder, 15'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Send train day on Dem Apples.

Dem Apples V8 7B CO : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : The Aircraft Carrier
Sit start on two okay pinches then slap your way up good holds with odd feet and tension and a slightly scary move to an undercling-side pull at about 10 feet. Once on the left hand undercling you can get your feet up and commit to the tall slab above which has a long move to reach the lip at about 20 feet. I did this problem 8/08 and only recently went back to get the thing on video.As for grade: it's harder (for me) than the other area problems Extension, V8; [[1063116...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By La Vida
From: Denver
Sep 26, 2012
This is a very cool area! My gf and I hiked to check out this place for future climbing and was very pleased of the aesthetic of the rock. The quality is ok, but there are also several "hard" problems on the back side of this boulder. Does anyone know or have any beta on these routes?

Also, I noticed a lot of new bolts on the short wall that surrounds this boulder. Any beta on this short sport wall? Looks fun! Any info is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Oct 15, 2012
V11 on the backside is called Rhythm of the Saint.
By mkclimb
Aug 30, 2015
There are several bolted lines around here. Not sure on any of the names, but general grades....

If looking uphill at the bolted lines behind the aircraft carrier, from R->L

Rightmost - 5.8/short.
Next - 5.11-.
Next - 5.11.
Next - 5.11.
Leftmost - Cool Arete (V9), highball problem. Can also aim straight up after the first part of the boulder problem, making it a little easier.

Across the field, there are four more bolted lines. Most are below 5.10, but the one steep line with the obvious mantle crux is 12+/13-.

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