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For its striking mushroom top, appealing contours, and high quality routes, the Taj Mahal is arguably the best crag in the JC drainage. Routes run pretty much around the crag with some excellent multi-pitch lines running to the top from both the North and South side. There are a few fully bolted slab/face routes that can be accessed from the ground, however, most routes will be either classic trad cracks or mix it up with trad and bolt pitches. Off the ground on the South side is the near classic 5.11 clip-up with no presently published name (far left). To the right of this is a terrific crack and corner system, also with no published name, but striking for the line it follows. The North side is similarly equipped with a few slab/face lines off the deck and some mixed multi-pitch lines that run to the top. Classic multi-pitch routes that gain the summit are Air to the Thrown on the South and Pili Pili on the North. There is some useful data in the Hubble guide, but this can be sketchy. Overall, The Taj Mahal offers superb climbing on largely excellent stone, requires a full rack of camming toys and a dozen draws. Double ropes are recommended since many of the belay stances don't have double bolt anchors. The best descent from the top is to rap West in three stages.
The Taj Mahal is about a mile East of Jackson Creek Dome and on the left (West) side of the road. There is an intermittant trail on the North drainage.
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Meat Pipe 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 130'
Too Young to Fly 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Taj Mixed Climb 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 105'
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Meat Pipe 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 CO : South Platte : ... : The Taj Mahal
The amazing striking OW/Chimey line splitting the southeast face. It starts as stacks, goes to squeeze chimney and gets into full stems with a fist crack. I had only a #6 Friend and smaller and was able to only get 4 pieces of pro in 180 feet. The cruxes were protected but a fall in most places would have meant decking. Gold Big Bros may help.To descend, walk right (exposed) until you are below the sickest OW fist crack you've ever seen (Crumbling Reality) and look right. There is an ancho...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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