Menses Prow Rock Climbing
Menses Prow and Dragon's Lair from the trail.
This outstanding crag is one of the most popular Shelf Road cliffs outside of Cactus Cliff. The Menses Prows great variety of excellent routes and ample sun/shade options lure climbers of all abilities. The cliffs 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.
Weather station 8.1 miles from here
49 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',28],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Menses Prow
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Menses Prow
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Menses Prow:
Prima Nocta 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
First Blood 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Red Dog 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch
Menses 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Graceland 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Sundogs 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Featured Route For Menses Prow
Sundogs 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a CO
: Shelf Road
: ... : Menses Prow
This is located on Menses Prow, immediately left of No Passion for Fashion. Only given 2 stars in Van Horn's guide, this route is easily as good as numerous other 3 star routes at Shelf. It has very fun, movement oriented climbing...a welcome change from the sharp, thin pockets that characterize routes of this grade at Shelf. The first half of the route tackles the bouldery shallow dihedral and arete (crux moving past 3rd bolt). The rest of the route is low-mid 5.11....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
End of another beautiful winter day at Shelf.
By Andy Librande
From: Denver, CO
Dec 3, 2012
Where the hell did the name "Menses Prow" come from with all of the related names (Period Piece/First Blood/etc). Has to be some sort of weird story/history?
By Darryl Roth
Jan 9, 2013
Andy... as you see the wall has a redness to it... the naming of which was due to Brian Mullen. He is known for frequent off color (no pun intended) route naming. Just look at FA records of Shelf and San Louis Valley climbs. Why he would name it that still baffles me. Facebook him, he's there, and ask. If you find out, I'd be interested to hear as well.
By Jason Parks
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 4, 2013
28 Sept 2013: May have dropped my wedding ring (white gold with 5 sapphires) and another ring (titanium with silver inlay) out the Trail to Menses Prow. Any booty finders, please contact me so I can get out of the doghouse.