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Woods Quarry

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Woods Quarry  

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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Apr 4, 2002
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This is a quarry visible at the north end of the Flatirons not too far above the Mesa Trail, south of the 3rd Flatiron. The rock is clean, quarried, 65 degree angle sandstone. There are some bolted slab routes to 100 feet here listed in Boulder Climbs North. The fixed gear is dated so consider Screamers or don't fall too far. This area is probably for those into the obscure hit list.

Getting There 

Hike the Mesa Trail either North from NCAR or South from Chataqua to South of the 3rd Flatiron. [There is now a well-maintained trail to the quarry, marked with signs, leading right (northwest) as you approach from Chatauqua Park.]



A. Left Arete, 5 R, 1p, 90', gear.
B. Non-Friction, 8+ R, 1p, bolts.
C. Middle Way, 10- X, 1p, TR.
D. Diatribe, 10+ X, 1p, TR.
E. Quarry Wall, 8, 1p, bolts.
F. Don't Stop Now, 9- X, 1p, TR or bolt.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Woods Quarry:
Non-Friction   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Woods Quarry
Erik Marr climbing Quarry Wall.

Quarry Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Flatirons : ... : Woods Quarry
This is for the semi-obscure aficionados. This is a feature that sees little traffic. This scar in the landscape has yielded a few briefly pleasant, 65-degree-angle slab climbs. Approach via the Mesa Trail from NCAR or Chataqua. There is a faint trail to its base, not too far from the Mesa Trail. This is the route up the middle of the slab, right of Non-Friction. Follow small edges up this smooth face past 4 bolts (1/4") to a 2 bolt anchor. The 3rd bolt seemed not very useful...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 5, 2002
The only fully bolted lines have new bolts. (It appears that no new bolts have been added.) I believe there are 2 lines, plus, on the very right side, a single modern bolt about 1/3 up the wall on a line that maybe can take some additioanl pro. More TR's are possible. Bouldering along the base of the slab is quite nice, too.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 6, 2003
Beware: the base of this cliff (was) a poison ivy garden. I checked recently and the "garden o ivy" is no longer. Hooray!
By Joshua Merriam
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 11, 2007
No poison ivy problems yesterday, and the area was particularly nice in the late afternoon shade.

I ws disappointed by the chopped bolts on what turned out to be the cleanest (hardest) slab line.
By Eric Brehm
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 4, 2010
Use caution when setting up top-ropes at the top of this cliff. There is an enormous amount of loose junk up there, and it is almost impossible to avoid knocking some of it down over the edge. Other party members should stay clear until the set-up or tear-down is complete.
By pzman
Mar 5, 2011
Unfortunately someone has painted some graffitti on the lower right side of the Woods Quarry wall in the form of a large cross about 5' tall.
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