Beginning Feb. 1st each year, a seasonal wildlife closure will be in effect on Redgarden Wall in Eldorado Canyon State Park to protect nesting and roosting sites of the canyon’s falcons. The closure is in effect through July 31st unless lifted early due to early fledging or inactivity.
The closure includes the following climbing routes: The Naked Edge (last 3 pitches only), The Diving Board, Centaur, Redguard (last 3 pitches only), Red Ant, Semi-Wild, Anthill Direct (last 3 pitches only), and The Sidetrack.
Go up the West Face of Redgarden Wall on the trail, just past the second set of Railroad Tie stairs. From the top of these stairs, look right to the wall and down a short distance, to where a medium-sized conifer sits on a ledge just a short scramble above the ground. This is at the start of Velvet Hammer.
From P2 of either Velvet Hammer (as I described it, not as Rossiter does) or Slimy Spoon, move the belay up and left on the ledge and belay below the big arete up above.
P3, the Velvet Arete: move down and right to the right hand side of the big overhang and climb up that on some decent holds, to establish your position on the south-west face, just above the overhang. Climb up and left staying just above the overhang to reach the arete, and then climb the knife-blade arete to the top.
This is a nice pitch, but does not have tons of pro. It was done in 50+ MPH winds, so it is possible that the grade I have assigned to it is not correct.
A light standard rack with a full set of cams. The fall potential is serious, but the climbing is reasonable and solid. There may be some loose rock, but there is always something good to grab.