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Coffin Corner T 
Deja Vu T 
Dunce's Corner T 
Honcho Imposter T 
Improbable Prose T 
Multiple Choice T 
Pop Quiz T 
Return of the Jedi T 
School of Rock T 
Schoolyard Bully T 
Short Subject T 
Sunday School T 

The Schoolyard Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Larry DeAngelo on Feb 9, 2009

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At the mouth of First Creek Canyon, on the south (left) side, there is an area of complex cliff bands with several good routes. In Joanne Urioste's 1984 guidebook, she says merely, "Short climbs abound in the broken easternmost section at the mouth of the canyon." Much of the history is hazy, but Joe Herbst, Mark Moore, and Tom Kaufman (and probably others) did a number of lines back in the 70s.

Most of the cliffs face northeast and stay relatively cool. The rock ranges from excellent varnish to the sandy white variety.

Getting There 

Hike in on the First Creek Trail. About the time the main trail drops into the sandy canyon bottom, exit left and follow faint trails up an indefinite ridge to reach the cliffs. As you reach the top of the ridge, bear left for routes near the Coffin Corner, or right for routes near the Schoolyard Bully.

Allow at least an hour from the trailhead.

Climbing Season

For the First Creek Canyon area.

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Schoolyard

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Schoolyard:
Coffin Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Honcho Imposter   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   
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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 11, 2009
An hour is a long way to walk to school. Probably uphill both ways, too.

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