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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.