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This is a great crag tucked away in a beautiful valley. The rock is high quality, but as of yet, we are unsure what kind. It seems like a form of granite. One of the nicest things is that the climbs are nice and shaded and make for a great location during the summer months. You will likely not run into other climbers here. This crag is in the middle of development, so please note the changes on this site...if it isn't a route on here it may not be a finished route. A few projects are currently being developed, and some are over my head in difficulty. So, if anyone comes out and sends a route, please let me know.
Many people have had a hard time finding the Blanco River Trail, so here it goes...take Hwy 84 south from Pagosa for 8.2 miles. Turn east (left) onto Blanco Basin Road (County Rd 326) and follow for 12.2 miles. Around 12.2 miles, the road will make a sharp 90 degree turn to the right. Follow the road for another couple hundred feet and you will cross a bridge. After the bridge, there will be a dirt road going off to the left with a sign saying "Hare Ranch". Take this road for 1/2 mile and park near the gate (do not block it). This is the start to the Blanco River Trail. If you take County Rd 326 past the turnoff for the Blanco River Trail for 1/2 mile, you will be in the middle of the valley and can turn around and see the rock features. The thing that will stand out the most is the 600-ish foot, 1/2 mile long cliff band. This had many scrambling and mid-fifth class climbing on it. To the right of the large cliffband will be a deep ravine. On the other side of the ravine, you can see the upper tier cliffband. The lower tier is just below the upper tier but cannot be seen.
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This is on the Lower Tier: Right Cliffband.Follow 3 black hangers up a tan face to a roof. Pull the roof (crux) and work up, and right, at the second roof onto the steep slab above. Follow up to anchor for Drunken Bolting and Lichen It. I've only done this on TR, and it feels like 5.12-. If anyone nails it, let me know....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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