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Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Easter Rock : The Flying Beast (5.12d)
By: Mark Rolofson When: May 25, 2012

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Comments: "Flying Beast" has been one of my favorite routes in the canyon since I established it in 1995. The reason that I gave the route a slash grade is because it is a very height- & reach-dependent climb. For me, it is 5.12d, not 5.13a because I am tall. I find "Nevermore" to be just a bit harder, even though it could be rated 5.12d/13a as well. Slash grading makes a lot of sense to me. It is easy to argue over grades, and as a guidebook writer, I have learned no matter hard you try, you will nev... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Mountain : Ridge 1
By: Mark Rolofson When: May 12, 2012

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Comments: The routes listed here on this website are only some of the climbs on this ridge. Just left of "Wild Blue Yonder", are two excellent 5.12c climbs called "Ejaculator" and "Ganas". Scramble up to a ledge to begin. Both route are overhanging, especially "Ejaculator" which is the right of the two. My old guidebook "1995 Boulder Sport Climber's Guide" has much info to this area known as the West Bank (Aka: Wild West) that is not included on this website. Ridge 1 is called Ridge 7 in the guide. R... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Roof Routes : Guenese (5.11a)
By: Mark Rolofson When: Feb 18, 2012

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Comments: I first climbed Guenese in Spring 1980. It is still one of favorite climbs in the canyon. I have always considered the 1st pitch to end above the roof at the 2nd two bolt anchor. The first anchor like Chris Archer mentions replaced a fixed nut and piton that people would bail out on. I have always considered this lead to be 5.11b and a pumpy one at that. In 1980, the route was more serious. Where the 2nd bolt is now, you placed a nut behind an expanding flake. You could lower on the nut, but ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Blob Rock Area : East Blob : ... : The Ticket (5.12a)
By: Mark Rolofson When: Jan 22, 2012

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Comments: Much misinformation by Anonymous Cowards on this website. Thanks Zach for setting the record straight. Here's a bit of history on the route. When the route was first established in 1987 by Dan Hare, Marc Hirt & Tim Hudgel, the difficult 4 bolt start was avoided and a thin crack to the right was climbed to the ledge. The upper face was climbed with 2-3 bolts. When I first climbed the route in 1990, the direct start had been added by the first ascent party in 1989, but the crack above the le... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Frisky Cliff : Sinopia (5.13a)
By: Mark Rolofson When: Jan 11, 2012

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Comments: Great route for a summer morning. The trick for me was figuring out the move off the sloping shelf past the 5th bolt. There are several ways to do this lunge move, but only one worked for me. A second crux past 6th bolt was powerful but more obvious. Still more 5.12 above. This climb has a total of four 5.12 section in a row. The 5.11d dihedral start can feel pretty burly too.


Location: ID : The Sawtooth Range : The Elephant's Perch : Sideline (5.9+)
By: Mark Rolofson When: Sep 20, 2011

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Comments: Here are some corrections to the First ascent info. I was not on the first ascent of "Sideline" with Reed Dowdle and Neil Backstrom. I was sitting by the lake relaxing after a hard climbing the day before. Dianne Barrow & I hiked in there with Reed, Neil and Mort two days earlier. The date was not 1987 but August 1992. The day before their ascent of "Sideline", Dianne and I climbed the "Direct Beckey" (5.11d) on the Elephant's Perch. It was a great day on a great route with a great partner and... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : The Grendel
By: Mark Rolofson When: Jul 19, 2011

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Comments: For complete, detailed information to the approach and all the routes on this crag, see the final pages of my guidebook "Golden Rock Climbs". The Grendel was a well kept secret for many years. It has a brilliant 100 foot 5.9, a few good 5.11s, and two 5.12s.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Black Widow Slab : Caught in the Web (5.12b/c)
By: Mark Rolofson When: Feb 24, 2011

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Comments: I redpointed this in the Fall of 2008 just before my partner Kaelen Williams did. He redpointed both "Resinator" (5.12d) and "Caught In The Web" that day. As for me, it is my second day on this route in 2008. I had tried the route years before that. This route has some sustained, technical, vertical to overhung climbing on it. I enjoyed the unusual nature of the climb. It was very challenging. There are some things that detract from its quality. The belay zone in the talus is not great. Lowe... more >>


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Trojan Bunny Buttress : The Bruise Collector (5.12a)
By: Mark Rolofson When: Feb 24, 2011

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Comments: Great route. In the Summer of 2001, my friends and I may have been the second party to climb the route. I remember returning with a wire brush because Richard Wright (the first ascentionist) did not brush much lichen off. It was very dirty. After cleaning the route, I thought it was a brilliant 5.12a. I climbed it numerous times in 2002. I was shocked to see it rated 5.11c in Bernard Gillett's guidebook to the South Saint Vrain.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Dog House : Mighty Dog (5.12c)
By: Mark Rolofson When: Feb 10, 2011

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Comments: The first free ascent of this route was by Jimmy Menendez in Fall 1999. After having climbed in Clear Creek since 1991, I have a very hard time calling this route only 5.12c. I have done Sucking My Will To Live, Anarchitect, Great Escape, Ken T'ank, Maestro, Head Like A Hole (to mention a few 5.12c & 5.12d climbs). All these routes were easier than Mighty Dog. I have also watched other climbers on this route. Some of them 5.13 climbers. The ratings I have heard vary from 5.12d to 5.13a/b. ... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : The East Quarry : Wooly Bully (5.12d)
By: Mark Rolofson When: Feb 10, 2011

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Comments: This is one of the best climbs I have ever done on North Table Mountain. The first 5.12 crux is past the 3rd bolt. The real crux is past the 4th bolt. I was very close to redpointing it in the Spring 2010 (or so I thought), so I did not list it as a project in "Golden Rock Climbs". I finally had to discover new beta for the crux after using two other sequences with poor foot smears. There are still hard moves past 5th bolt to a jug from where to clip 6th bolt. Then, it's 5.11 tricky climbi... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : Dude's Throne
By: Mark Rolofson When: Nov 19, 2010

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Comments: For the complete beta to Dude's Throne, Little Dude's Throne, and the Grendel, I just released a new guidebook titled "Golden Rock Climbs" (September 2010) that retails for $20.00. The guide is a complete guide to North Table Mountain including its four quarry walls. The latter part of the book is devoted to the sport climbs near Dude's Fishing Hole in Golden Gate State Park. Yes, it is quite the contrast to North Table's slick basalt and urban setting. For the warm season when the rattlesnak... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : The East Quarry
By: Mark Rolofson When: Oct 12, 2010

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Comments: "Golden Rock Climbs is now available for $20.00 retail and features 144 pages including 32 cliff diagram photos, 14 climbing photos, topo drawings, maps and text. The new guide includes the basalt climbs of the Golden Cliffs, South Quarry, East Quarry, Sea Cliffs, Crater Crag on North Table Mountain. For the warmer months, it includes the sport climbs of Golden Gate State Park near Dude's Fishing Hole (about 50 granite climbs).


Location: CO : Golden : The Quarry Wall
By: Mark Rolofson When: Oct 8, 2010

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Comments: In September 2010, I self-published a new guidebook titled "Golden Rock Climbs" that retails for $20.00. "Golden Rock Climbs" is a complete guide to North Table Mountain (including the four quarry wallls) and the sport climbs of Golden Gate State Park near Dude's Fishing Hole. The new route info at the South Quarry (Aka: the Quarry Wall) is in my guide. To answer Dave Holiday's question, the route between "The Short Tour" and "Stimulus" is called "The Gnome" (5.12b) and was first led by Jimmy... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden...
By: Mark Rolofson When: Oct 1, 2010

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Comments: As of September 10, 2010, I just released a new guidebook titled "Golden Rock Climbs" to North Table Mountain that retails for $20.00. It includes the popular Golden Cliffs and all the new routes in the four quarries. This quarry route information to the Sea Cliffs, Crater Crag, East Quarry plus sport routes at South Quarry is avialble in no other guidebook. The guide also has the only available information to the sport climbs of Golden Gate State Park near Dude's Fishing Hole.

This guide has... more >>


Location: CO : Golden
By: Mark Rolofson When: Sep 28, 2010

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Comments: This September 2010, I just wrote and published a new guidebook titled "Golden Rock Climbs" that retails for $20.00. It is a complete guide to North Table Mountain (with the Golden Cliffs & the four newly developed quarry walls) and the sport climbs of Golden Gate State Park near Dude's Fishing Hole. There are over 325 climbs including 125 new routes never documented in any other guide. It has a color cover and 144 pages. There are 46 black & white photos of cliffs & action climbing shots, de... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP
By: Mark Rolofson When: Sep 23, 2010

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Comments: I just wrote and published a new guidebook titled "Golden Rock Climbs" that includes the climbs near Aspen Meadow Campground and Dude's Fishing Hole. These are some of my favorite sport climbs in the state of Colorado. There are about 50 routes. Enjoy from Spring to Fall. Lots of good overhanging routes for a pump. This guide is also for North Table Mountain with the four newly developed quarry walls.


Location: CO : Golden : The Quarry Wall : Recession Arete (5.11d)
By: Mark Rolofson When: Sep 17, 2010

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Comments: This climb is easier than Hairless Dog at the East Quarry and Sun Dog at Animal World in Boulder Canyon. So I agree it is not 5.12a but it deserves to be rated 5.11d. Calling it 5.11a is a joke!


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Sea Cliffs of North Quarry
By: Mark Rolofson When: Sep 16, 2010

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Comments: I just published a guidebook titled "Golden Rock Climbs" that is a complete guide to North Table Mountain (including the four newly developed quarry walls) and the sport climbs of Golden Gate State Park near Dude's Fishing Hole. There is approach and route information to the Sea Cliffs. I especially enjoyed "Sunrise" (5.11a) and "Moonwalk" (5.11c). "Daybreak" (5.11b/c) and "Star Shine"(5.11c) are also good sport routes even though some friable rock is encountered near the top. This crag offer... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Crater Crag of North Quarry
By: Mark Rolofson When: Sep 16, 2010

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Comments: I just published a new guidebook titled "Golden Rock Climbs" that is a complete guide to N. Table Mtn (including the four newly developed quarry walls) and the sport climbs of Golden Gate State Park near Dude's Fishing Hole. The book retails for $20.00. There is a photo and information to the Crater Crag. I especially enjoyed "Misty" (5.11d), a sustained pumpy route that is interesting for bottom to top.


Location: CO : Golden : The East Quarry
By: Mark Rolofson When: Aug 27, 2010

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Comments: I have written and am about to publish a new guidebook that will include the climbs at the East Quarry, the other quarries on North Table and the Golden Cliffs. This guide titled "GOLDEN ROCK CLIMBS" will also include the sport climbs at nearby Golden Gate State Park. It should start to be available on September 10, 2010. I enjoy climbing at the East Quarry in the Winter months. It has become my favorite spot on North Table Mountain.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Sport Park : Surprising Crag : ... : American Beauty (5.12c)
By: Mark Rolofson When: Aug 6, 2010

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Comments: As the first ascentionist of this 100% natural line, the route goes straight up the face. The crack on "PowerLine Pup" is off limits for making the moves even though I often use it to rest while standing on the horizontal break. Here is the beta. Left hand goes in the shallow, large pocket. Right hand on a small edge. Feet are on the good horizontal break to start. Bring the right foot up to a good edge one foot above the break. Left foot on a tiny edge. Reach a fingertip lock in the botto... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : The Slab : s00kr33m (5.13b)
By: Mark Rolofson When: Jul 20, 2010

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Comments: Hey Paul Glover, Kaelen Williams is not a chick. He is a 19 year old 5.13 climber. I climbed with him quite a lot & belayed him the first day he tried this route. He redpointed it on day 2.
As for the route, it's a great route. Very hard, too hot the day I tried it! Not an 8 move boulder problem. I believe Kaelen meant the business was like an 8 move boulder problem


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : High Energy Crag
By: Mark Rolofson When: Jul 20, 2010

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Comments: This is another local example of overzealous land management in the Boulder Region. The other nearby example is the closure of Boulder Falls for the past year and a half by Boulder Mountain Parks & Open Space. The closure of High Energy Crag makes no sense since it sees very few visitors. I call it bureaucratic muscle flexing. Aren't you guys tough!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Sport Park : Surprising Crag : ... : Mercy Drilling (5.12a)
By: Mark Rolofson When: Jul 15, 2010

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Comments: To set the record straight on Mercy Drilling & all the routes on the west face. All holds are natural. Perhaps the person who submitted this route should talked with Chris or I. In fact, the two finger undercling/sidepull would be very hard to drill like this. This is a beautiful examples of how natural pockets exist in granite. Most of the drilled holds I am aware of at the Sport Park are the larger pockets & jugs. I have ignored much of this site, especially if I have climbed a certain ro... more >>


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