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The Cliffs of Insanity 


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Submitted By: Guy H. on Jan 12, 2009
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Description 

The Cliffs of Insanity are located to the east of the Sentinel. There is a good mix of sport climbs in the 5.8-5.12 range. There is also a OW test piece that might chew you up and spit you out. (Prepare to Die, 5.10d) The SW face gets great late afternoon sun for those cold winter days. There is still little lichen on most routes due to the light traffic.

Giants and six fingered men have been known to hang out here, so be careful.


Getting There 

Park at a pullout on the left after 4.4 miles in the canyon (mile maker 28 6/10). Cross the river and hike towards the Sentinel for ~75 feet. Traverse east on an obivous ledge system below the Sentinel. Hike slowly up the hill until a trail below the cliff is gained. Ascend a 800 foot knotted rope to the top of the cliff.


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

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Cliffs of Insanity:
Butter Cup   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
The Princess Tried   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   
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Featured Route For The Cliffs of Insanity
You can see the route just on the right margin of the this photo. <br /> <br />Credit: Guy H.

Six Fingered Man 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13  CO : Lyons : ... : The Cliffs of Insanity
Start in the lichen-y corner, and stem/pull past two bolts into a pod. Place a medium nut or cam (or not?), and pull into the dihedral. Use the finger pockets to move past two more bolts. Moving through and out of the dihedral is the crux of the route. Clip a final bolt once you're out, and cruise to the anchor chains....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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