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White Cliff is a small, southeast-facing crag that receives sun most of the day until about 2-3 hours before sunset. It is mixed in among other slabs along the north side of I-70. It has quality slab/face/roof climbing on a fine mix of gneiss with cool hornblende dikes. There are excellent holds, and depending on the route, few features for gear. The rock continues to exfoliate, mainly little chips but be aware of larger blocks and their stability. Sport and trad routes exist side-by-side. It is great for a quick set of laps after work and close to other areas including Mt. Royal and the Diamond Wall in Officer's Gulch. The White Cliffs have been climbed long before I got here, a story told by the first High Country Crags guidebook and the old Star drive bolts that once dotted the face. The area has seen a resurgence of interest and a handful of exciting new lines worth a lap. Enjoy the modern gear and the fun they afford. A big thanks to Brian Pappas and Elias Martos for their help and support.
From the Frisco #201 exit, drive west for approximately 1 mile on I-70, passing a pair of yellow "Left Curve" road signs. When the shoulder opens up and sloping grass area appears, pull off down along the aspens. You will find a tall cairn and beautiful handmade sign marking the steep approach trail that dips through the trees and heads up to the apron of White Cliff. Follow the trail left to reach the West wall routes, right to reach the East Wall. The approach time is ~5-10 minutes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for White Cliff:
Big Dihedral 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Water Groove 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Little Di 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
Dirty Blonde 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport, 2 pitches, 140'
Ain't Misbehavin' 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Zebra 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Blitz Girls 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Hard Monkey 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Parallel Universe 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Funky Gunky 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Overhangutang 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
The Exfoliator 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
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Overhangutang 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CO : 10 Mile Canyon : White Cliff
This route climbs the slightly overhanging corner that is above the large, horizontal roof, inside the big dihedral. Climb up easy ground in the large, left-facing corner and stem at the horizontal roof to clip the first bolt (on the right wall). Climb the inside corner, past 5 bolts, to the roof lip, sharing the final bolt with The Exfoliator. Pull the roof, and run 25' up easy terrain to the chain anchor....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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