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Basics of Plundering area, The 
Black Pearl, The 
Cross Block, The 
Early Manhood Block 
Lost boulder of the Tortuga, The 
Schooner , The 
Torsion Wall 
Tortuga For The Kids 
Tortuga South Wall 
Widower Wall 


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John Morgan on the F.A. of "Trophy Pedestal.&...


If ye be lookin' fer the meanest pirates this side of the island, then look no further. Tortuga be the port ye lookin' fer.... Okay, just trying to follow along with the theme of the area. Tortuga is located just north of Pirate's Cove, there is a large formation with boulders scattered around it. There are problems on the large formation as well as the surrounding boulders.

Getting There 

Head to Pirate's Cove, then keep going for about 100-200 feet north and you will see it, you will probably see the Black Pearl first.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.3 miles from here

33 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tortuga:
From Switzerland with Love, Mr. Hofmann   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 25'   The Basics of Plundering ar...
Mr. Gibbs   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   The Black Pearl
They All Fall Down   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 10'   Widower Wall
Widower   V7-8 7B X     Boulder, 15'   Widower Wall
The Pearl   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 16'   The Black Pearl
Anteater   V8-9 7B+     Boulder, 15'   The Black Pearl
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The Pearl V7-8 7B  CO : Morrison/Evergreen : ... : The Black Pearl
The Pearl is a very tricky, technical, fun problem. Sds on the arete right of the overhanging face using a juggy left sidepull and a right hand sloper around the arete. Bump up right to the flat sloper and with some footwork trickery, make your way up the arete to the sloping knob with crystals on it and pull over the arete to a good crimp that you can match. Finally, a desperate couple of 5.11ish slab moves will take you to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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A photo of the "Early Manhood" block loc...
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John Morgan on the F.A. of "Trophy Pedestal.&...
BETA PHOTO: John Morgan on the F.A. of "Trophy Pedestal.&...
The Island.
The Island.
Tortuga's giant South Facing wall!!!  Crazy fun hi...
BETA PHOTO: Tortuga's giant South Facing wall!!! Crazy fun hi...
Tortuga's classic "Widower Wall."
BETA PHOTO: Tortuga's classic "Widower Wall."
The "Torsion Wall" located on top of the...
BETA PHOTO: The "Torsion Wall" located on top of the...
Mazzi making the F.A. of "Hello Kitty."
Mazzi making the F.A. of "Hello Kitty."

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By Andy Librande
From: Denver, CO
Jul 21, 2009
As of Sunday July 17th, 2009 there is a black dog leash that is attached to a dead tree at the base of the Widower Wall near the Black Pearl. We left it since we figured that the owners would realize that they left it there and other foot-traffic seems to be very low in this area.
By Bob Robinson
From: Lone Tree, Colorado
Jun 25, 2010
Some friends and I climbed a line on a large boulder we found by hiking past the Lost Boulder and heading down and to the right (as opposed to up and left to get to The Pearl). Does anyone have any info on that boulder? I might be just crazy, but I can't find it anywhere on MP. The boulder was a bit dirty for feet, but there were good jugs and chalked-up start crimps, kind of a layback crack at the top.... It was just a little east of Shiver Me Timbers.
By Ben C.
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 25, 2010
I've seen this boulder too, my friends and I also did the line you're talking about and another one on the adjacent face. I don't believe it's on MP, but to me it felt about V1, maybe a grade tougher from the low start. Not too bad, a little chossy though for sure. Maybe you should post it, Bob.
By Bob Robinson
From: Lone Tree, Colorado
Jun 28, 2010
I agree, Ben. V1 from the jug sounds right. The sit start was a lot harder than I thought it would be, given the poor feet. It might even be V3... or maybe I just need to do more pull-ups.

I'll remember my camera next time I'm there and post a pic. Maybe the FA-er will recognize it. It was definitely worth doing, IMO.
By Patrick Temming
Jul 22, 2015
This boulder has excellent holds. If you don't want to stay on an established route, one can be pieced together. Two pads are much better than one if you're trying to top out here...watch out for the guano.
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