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Accessible year-round, the small, broken-up crags at the Classy Cliff Area are great for a quick after-work or mid-winter session. Since this area is located below the Independence Pass gate closure, access during the winter is easy and with a short approach it's possible to get in a bunch of pitches before darkness falls. There are three crags at this area: Master Headwall, Classy Cliff, and Dragon Rock.
From Aspen, drive 4.3 miles to a large pulloff on the right side of the road where Classy cliff is clearly visible. Cross the road, hop over the barrier, and climb the short but steep trail. The first area you come to is Master Headwall. Above this, the trail branches left to Classy Cliff or right to Dragon Rock.
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Time Bandit 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a CO : Independence Pass : ... : Classy Cliff
Time Bandit is the bolted line to the right of "Edge of Time". It has a slightly awkward start, then it eases off a bit until you reach the proper crux about at about 40' which follows a bolt to the right through a polished section of rock. I found the line to be a bit contrived, as a more natural weakness presents itself to the left to avoid the crux and meet up with the Edge of Time anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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