This rock does look surprisingly like its European big brother although far more modest in size. Most of the routes on this rock are 1-pitch sport climbs, but the rock also boasts one of the longer sport routes in the canyon, Too (5.12a), at 4 pitches. There are some traditionally-protected climbs here with potential for plenty of traditional, exploring-type climbing above the sport routes...beware of rockfall. The sport climbs on this rock are well-protected and fun. During the summer months, it's a nice but popular place to climb as it keeps the shade longer than many rocks in the area and the approach is minimal. Some of the routes on the right side of the cliff have tags on the 1st bolt with names and ratings.
This is 3.3 miles past the west side of tunnel one (which is ~4.5 miles from CO 93 & US 6). You pass over a bridge, and it's directly on your south/left side. Park on a small pullout on the north/right side, or use a larger dirt pullout downstream/before the bridge.
The best pitch on the Little Eiger is also one of the hardest. Moderate climbing leads to a tricky corner/roof, and then a rest on the right. Perfect rock, thin sidepulls, and sloping feet define a technical crux. Maybe the last bolt on the crux is a little high....[more]Browse More Classics in CO
See the discussion under Headline for the new bolting activity, though that made me more confused. I did the leftmost line, just W of the arete. Was it Bonehead? It seemed like 10b or c at the top, but there were more than just 5 bolts. Maybe Bonehead is just to the right of this line. Or, maybe the bolts were added afterwards, like on Eiger Sanction. There are 3 separate anchors within a few feet of each other at the top...this seemed a bit excessive. Can someone with knowledge straighten this situation out and add the new routes to the database?
Talking recently with an old climbing friend, we where talking about how people have been claiming "1st ascents/new routes" which where actually climbed back in the late 70s etc.... Dale worked with Layton Kor once, and they once where driving through Clear Creek Canyon (CCC). Kor mentioned that he had done 5 or 6 routes on the Little Eiger to Dale, as they drove by it. There are a lot of climbs that where done and named in CCC back in the 70s & 80s. I remember back then that CLIMBING magazine listed a lot of the routes folks reported.
The route between [Headline] (10a) and [Eiger Sanction] (10d) feels hard ten - 10c or 10d. When I climbed it, the guy that put it up was there too and wanted some rate opinions. I think hard ten for some thin moves in the middle. Nice climb.
On May 14th I placed a fix line on a new route to the right of The Decider. I have been putting up new lines on The Eiger for three years. Yesterday May 18th I went up to clean and discovered that someone had cut about twenty five feet off the bottom of my static rope!
I don't really understand why someone would do this? There are certainly no ethical issues with these new routes. The Eiger is not a wilderness or trad area and everyone who would go to The Eiger is there for sport climbing by the side of a road jammed with casino buses, gravel trucks and Harleys. So what is the problem?
Anyway if you have an issue I prefer you let me know here than vandalize my gear. Whoever did this must be a complete As*hole. I have put in a lot of time and money on this crag for all to enjoy. I have had mostly very positive response and this act makes me wonder why I bother.
Please note that multiple vehicles have been broken into near Little Eiger in Clear Creek Canyon since December 2007. Two early in the morning and two late at night. All vehicles belonged to ice climbers. The criminals appear to be going solely after cash, credit cards, etc as they left all other valuables (phone, ipod, etc) in the vehicle. The criminals then made there way to Blackhawk where they used the stolen credit cards, etc.
Does anyone have similar reports? Does anyone have any additional information that might help with the investigation?
If so, please post AND contact Luke Ligrani with the Blackhawk Police at 303-582-0503. Reference Case No. 08-0608
Little Eiger is more like 4.5 miles from the US 6 and CO 93 intersection. Park on the right side of the road immediately after the first bridge that crosses over the creek. Head up the climber's trail on the left of the road.
I was at Little Eiger yesterday, and I must say I was quite disappointed with the way some people have been treating this crag. On the far right side about 2-3 feet off the trail, I encountered some items on the trail left behind that I don't care to mention. When you have to go, go, but at least do it far from the cliff, off the trail and dig a cat hole or carry a bag, because there isn't enough space for everyone to dig a hole anyways. I was shocked to see how much trash was left behind. Please do your part to keep Clear Creek Canyon clean and any other areas you climb and practice Leave No Trace Ethics. This is not to discourage.
I fear we will start to see more and more of this kind of behavior at climbing sites situated along the outskirts of the Denver Metro area. For many of us, basic outdoor ethics are just the norm, but for a large and growing population, what many of us would consider the basics are simply a foreign concept. Hopefully we can get creative and figure out ways to reach the growing number of folks that haven't been exposed to these ethics before these issues become more prevalent.
Hey Dean, the registration boxes are a project I'm spearheading. Including information like you're talking about is something I'd considered but just haven't had the time to pull together. Do you have some thoughts or examples? Shoot me a PM.