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This north-facing granite buttress features a number of routes from moderate to hard with single pitch and multi-pitch offerings. The majority of the wall stays in the shade all day.
Park at the Shosone exit (#123) on I-70. Hike upstream on the bike path for about 1 mile (15-20 minutes). The cleanly cut north face of the Fountain Buttress will be obvious across the river. You have a few options to cross the river, depending on season and water level. 1, during low water you can rock hop across. 2, you can take some type of boat. 3, you can swim. 4, there is typically a Tyrolean traverse set up, just a couple minutes walk upstream from the Fountain Buttress. When hiking on the bike path, look for a spot where the river narrows down and there are trees on both sides. The typical spot where it is set is right where a long section of brown fence along the bike path ends. After crossing the river, by whatever method, hike along the tracks to the buttress, keeping in mind that the railroad is private property and you are trespassing.
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Chicken Out Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c CO : Glenwood Springs : ... : Northwest Corner
An easier, and most likely, more popular version of the Railroad Arete. Start by climbing the arete protected by two bolts. This is the crux of the "Chicken Out" version. Mantle onto the narrow ledge above the second bolt, a long sling may be helpful, and move right to a crack on the arete. Plug a #1 Camalot, make a few steep moves before the angle kicks back. Climb up this ramp which is protected by a wide crack. Near the top of the ramp, move right, on to the face with cool,...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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