Metropolis Sector Rock Climbing
This is the cave surrounded by gently overhanging walls on the far right margin of the south-facing Central Sector of the Fortress. It is the last bit of south-facing rock before the crag bends around to the east again in the vicinity of some tall tower/pillar features.
You can also recognize this sector by Metropolis, which climbs the lonnnngg black streak on the very right side of this zone, or the prominent cave, about 20 feet off the deck, with a long, right-trending crack system leading out the roof of the cave and onto the headwall above.
The other day we also came up with the nickname "The Sandbox" for this zone, since any routes not following the water streaks are pretty well coated in Fortress Powder and can be textureless nightmares.
There are four completed routes here and two open projects. This zone is best in winter and spring, as it's basically in the sun all day, except for early mornings.
Head east along the path at the base of the crag from the Pummeling Sector, passing the Central Sector and Tommy's monster routes, until you hit a small scramble-up above some cool barrel cacti to the tier just below Metropolis. There is a nice pinon tree there, where you can stash your packs, hang out in the shade between burns, and keep your water bottles from boiling.
Climbing Season For the Main Elk Creek area.
Weather station 13.6 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Metropolis Sector
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Metropolis Sector:
Metropolis 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 150'
Featured Route For Metropolis Sector
Blood Dries Darker 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c CO
: Glenwood Springs
: ... : Metropolis Sector
Blood Dries Darker is an epic journey that starts on Metropolis. Climb Metro's first crux to the 7th bolt (5.12b to the big hueco with a tree in it), then branch right into the orange & black streak via a long move to a slopey rail. Once the colorful rock has been gained & the pump has been shaken, begin up a long, wandering, technical section. After the crux, the route ends with 5 bolts of resistance 5.12- finishing just right of Metropolis....[more] Browse More Classics in CO