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This rock is mostly lower angled slabs of Fountain Formation sandstone with decent to excellent opportunities for protection (some runouts possible but the angle is VERY low here). Great area to practice placing pro on lead and it gets lots of sunny exposure (east-facing). Climbs here range from 5.0 up to about 5.12, with most being of the lower levels of difficulty.
Follow Table Mesa Rd. to its end at NCAR. Park at NCAR and take the NCAR trail (TH on west end of parking lot, entrance) to Skunk Canyon trail. You are looking for Hillbilly Rock, situated directly below and east of the summit of Ridge One (Skunk Canyon). This is the first rock ridge encountered on the trail and it will be directly in front of you and before a switchback in the trail. At the apex of this switchback is a climber's trail that ascends a steep gully to the base of Ridge One. There are a few large outcroppings passed coming up the gully (they are climbable). Hillbilly Rock will be the first "wall" or face of any real size.
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East Face Center/Hillbilly 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Billy Goat Arete 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
East Face South Side/Hillbilly 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a R Trad, 3 pitches, 460'
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Billy Goat Arete 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a CO : Flatirons : ... : Hillbilly Rock
"Billy Goat Arete" is the arete on the north edge of the east face of Hillbilly Rock. It could also be called the Northeast Arete. I spotted this line today and it is a fun climb, but it is not in any guidebook. There is a crack about 3-4' left of the arete that makes for great holds and also pro. This would be an excellent first lead for a beginner, because unlike most Flatiron routes there is quite a bit of pro available. You can get some good practice placing gear in cracks.This climb is...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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