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The Spaceship is perhaps the second most recognizable formation at Carter Lake, behind the Scenic Boulder, which everyone knows can plainly be seen from the Fawn Hollow Trailhead. Newcomers get out of their cars and crane there necks up the hillside and - bingo! - spot the Scenic boulder. They then get their gear together and stroll up the main trail wondering what they're looking at (assuming they aren't going to the Scenic Boulder), when - Bingo! - they see the SW Arete of the Spaceship, which, ironically enough, looks just like a Spaceship.

They then usually bust out their guidebook and plot their destination from this obvious feature.

The climbing on the Spaceship is confined to the SW Arete (whose brown and tan coloring and fine edges are the main attraction) and the South face, which is more of the pebble encrusted (and friable) variety of some of the poorer rock at Carter.

Getting There 

Leave the Fawn Hollow parking lot and keep left at the first and second splits. You'll stroll slightly uphill and pass a couple boulders, and then a small trail leaves to the right for the Split Boulder. Stay on the main trail and just before reaching a big boulder that blocks the trail, the Spaceship will lift off to your right uphill 20 yards.

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The Southern Arete V0, and the Leaning Face V1 of the Spaceship

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This is THE line on the Spaceship. But where's the line?After a hundred different variations, I think I've boiled it down to a smooth, fun line that goes something like this:Layback the nice edges at the Cockpit of the Spaceship to get your feet off the ground on the overhanging face. A couple of long reaches gets you to bomber edges along the Arete. Now, instead of continuing straight up the arete(which makes the climb easier and is a fine alternative), follow a line of nice crisp edges righ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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