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Butcher Knife  

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Within the town of Steamboat Springs lies a little crag known as Butcher Knife.

This little gem might not be the most spectacular crag within Colorado, yet it serves as a well needed climbing area in Steamboat.

Getting There 

The canyon lies near the middle school, its fairly obvious. Walk through the canyon and near the middle lies several cliffs.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Butcher Knife:
Butcher Knife Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 25'   
Bear Hug   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch   
The Mantles   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch   
Greyface Left or The Cave   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     TR, 1 pitch   
Left Hook?   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 1 pitch, 25'   
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Featured Route For Butcher Knife
This is a fun beginning toprope a little further east from Greyface and Butcher Knife.  Climbing up to the shallow shelf is an easy 5.6, with slightly trickier climbing from there.  For toprope access, we climbed the easy crack around the dihedral.

Unknown 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13  CO : Steamboat Springs : ... : Butcher Knife
This is a good beginner's toprope situated east of the more prominent Butcher Knife and Greyface routes. Its protection is two bolts on top. It is rated PG-13 because the easiest way to set up the toprope is to climb up the dihedral to the right (see beta photo), which is easy but still unprotected. There may be a trail up either side, but we were short on daylight, so I climbed the dihedral to set up the TR for some beginner climbers....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Lead protecting with a sling over the center flake and several med stoppers. <br />Marcus Floyd
Lead protecting with a sling over the center flake...
Across the creek and trail from the Butcher Knife Crack is the granular texture of the bread loaf-like formation. Several topropes can be accessed by side trails or up the middle of the face by a fearless leader. Middle route I rate as a 5.7 (4 or 4+ French Scale) lead! 2 bolt top anchor.
BETA PHOTO: Across the creek and trail from the Butcher Knife ...
Main Butcher Knife Face. Lead this crack and help others learn the ropes!
BETA PHOTO: Main Butcher Knife Face. Lead this crack and help ...
Perry Mansfield student on the 5.8 crack ca 1969-our traditional training area in preparation for climbing excursions to Zirkel, Agnes, 11777 etc....
Perry Mansfield student on the 5.8 crack ca 1969-o...
Bouldering cracks just down creek towards the park area can be easily accessed from the trail via a short 1 minute walk from the trailhead.
BETA PHOTO: Bouldering cracks just down creek towards the park...

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By Dustin B
From: Steamboat
Oct 5, 2009
October/09- Word has it that the bolt anchors atop the 'butcherknife crack' are gone, as is the boulder that they were attached to.