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The Ridge

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Ben's Dyno 
Black Hole, The 
Bushwhacker, The 
Delusions of Grandeur  
Delusions of Persecution 
Guns Or Knives, Butch? 
Hesitation 
Isosceles  
Lisenby Roof TR 
Medusa's Knees  
Menudo on We 
Out and Back 
Songs About Singing 
Thin Smile 
Unknown 
Vodka Arete-Left 
Vodka Arete-Right 
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The Ridge  


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Description 

I'll go out on a limb and say the Ridge has the best bouldering in the GJ vicinity (not counting Unaweep, of course). There is a great/classic at nearly every grade up to V7 and potential for more hard, tall lines. Bring a brush and crew to spot you, some of these problems are tall and dangerous.

ROUTE NAME DISCLAIMER: I hiked up here a lot in Spring 2007, and established a few lines and was there when other people (all affiliated with the gym I worked at) put up stuff. We tried to find FA info, but couldn't. If you know of names of these problems that predate 2007 please comment! The lines that I credit myself with the FA I'm 99% positive were never done before (Hesitation, The Bushwhacker, etc.).

Getting There 

Once at the main area hike west up the big hill. Aim for the Isosceles Boulder and the hike is not too steep. At one point (2 yrs ago) the MSC kids had a Trail Day and cut a trail that started by the Easy Flake Boulder and went more or less straight up. Look for that, but it's probably in bad shape. We could use another trail day here....

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.7 miles from here

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',9],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',4],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Ridge:
Out and Back   V1+ 5     Boulder   
Menudo on We   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 16'   
Unknown   V3 6A     Boulder   
Isosceles    V3 6A R     Boulder, 15'   
Ben's Dyno   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   
Vodka Arete-Left   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   
Delusions of Grandeur    V6 7A     Boulder, 14'   
Vodka Arete-Right   V6+ 7A     Boulder, 12'   
Medusa's Knees    V7 7A+     Boulder   
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Featured Route For The Ridge
Start low on the sloper. Move up through tufa and crimps.

Medusa's Knees V7 7A+  CO : Grand Junction area : ... : The Ridge
Start low and make a series of moves through the really cool featured, tufa-like holds up to two very small, sloping crimps, then rock up and over and make a few more dainty moves to top out. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Buck Dooley
Jun 5, 2011
There is a great trail up to the ridge if you follow the line out to the Millenium Falcon. Continue on up the stone steps to the south end of the ridge and then traverse at the base of the wall back to the Isosciles. Thanks to whomever put this trail in; it is great.
By Rschap
From: Grand Junction, CO
Jul 29, 2012
The Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition had an Adopt-a-Crag day out at the Shacks on July 28, 2012. During this, the trail to The Ridge was repaired and cairns were placed to make it easier to find. The trail starts just before you get to the Warm Up boulder (Easy Flake, YO-TAN-CHI-LA) and achieves the ridge next to the Vodka Boulder. The trail was rerouted in a couple of places to help avoid erosion.