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This outstanding crag is one of the most popular Shelf Road cliffs outside of Cactus Cliff. The Menses Prow’s great variety of excellent routes and ample sun/shade options lure climbers of all abilities. The cliff‘s horse-shoe shape ensures excellent conditions, while also providing a more secluded ambience than other Shelf crags, even on busy weekends. Hard-men will be drawn to the short, powerful routes on the Bulge Wall, at the far left end of the crag, while beginners will be thrilled by the numerous sub-5.10 outings at the California Ethics Pinnacle.
Follow the trail from the old parking lot. Pass a signed trail to the Far Side, continuing on the right/straight fork of the trail. After several minutes, the trail comes to a well-signed T-intersection. Take the left fork (marked “Menses Prow”) and descend for 10 yds into the wash. Cross the wash and follow switchbacks up the steep slope to the Menses Prow. The trail ends below “No Passion for Fasion” at the right end of the cliff.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Menses Prow:
Period Piece 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch
The Baroque Period 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
First Blood 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Dumb Waiter 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat Machine 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Pueblo Gringos 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Slender Fungus 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 2 pitches
The Big Chill 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Flashback To Acid Beach 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Jumbo Pumping Love 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Menses 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Light Days 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Lunch at the Y 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
No Passion for Fashion 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Graceland 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Thirteen Engines 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
First Strike 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Sundogs 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Cosmic Thing 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Featured Route For Menses Prow
Menses 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CO : Shelf Road : ... : Menses Prow
This nice clean namesake route is a couple lines right of No Passion for Fashion and just left of The Big Chill. Follows a dished out seam up the face then over an overlap and face climbing above to the anchors. The holds are slopey and the climbing continuous, better climbed when in the shade (morning)....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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