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In many respects The Stumbling Block is a terrific crag, if only the approach were more user friendly. The routes face South and South-East, so the crag does well in the summer months, and can be quite cool in the winter. The rock is exceptional by Clear Creek standards being very, very solid. Presently, there are enough routes to keep a party busy for a day, but there is [not much] moderate in place. What it does have, however, are some of the best routes in Clear Creek Canyon.
About a quarter of a mile upstream after leaving tunnel one, the road takes a curve to the right. At just this point, look uphill to the right, the North side of the canyon. The Stumbling Block is the crag on the right boasting a gorgeous yellow wall. Park on the South side and find a rough drainage with a steep trail. The trail heads directly uphill for several hundred yards before cutting due West to the crag. Be ever vigilant. Anything that you kick off the trail will hit the road. The whole slope is steep and still has a fair amount scree lying around.
A. Gneiss Coverage, 11, 1p, gear.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Stumbling Block:
Razor Blade Titillation 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Decoletage 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Battle's End 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Naked Kill 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b R Trad, 1 pitch
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Naked Kill 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b R CO : Golden : ... : The Stumbling Block
The Naked Kill is a testpiece, hard crack splitting a green lichen face just right of the central chimney and left of Razor Blade Titillation. Though only about 50 feet to the ledge, it is on you the whole way. Slightly overhanging and highly technical flared jamming, strenuous finger locks, difficult pro placements -- best describe this proud line.The crack was first freed by Bret Ruckman and Jack Roberts in 1990 at .12b, and apparently has been neglected until my repeat ascent. It...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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