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Price For Fire, The S 
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Morrison Routes  


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Location: 39.6531, -105.1878 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tim C on Aug 10, 2010
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Description 

This is a long cliff face on the north side of the town of Morrison. There is a section for all of the amazing bouldering that is there (Morrison Boulders). This is for the trad/sport routes that are there.
The rock type is a hard sandstone and the Crag is Southwest facing, so it gets lots of sun afternoon.

Getting There 

From C-470 take the Morrison Exit West. The crag is right as you enter the town and there is a parking area on the side of the road right where the road splits off with a one way street. The parking is on the one way street.
The approach is steep and very short. There is a path up the hill near a sign at the beginning of the parking area. Or you can follow the road/path east, follow a path up some talus area and end up near the Black Hole boulder area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.2 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',5],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',1],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Morrison Routes:
Z is Last, But This is First   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   
The Tongue   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Frozen Fingers (aka Top Rope Route)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Nautilus Cave Pitch   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
The Price For Fire   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Morrison Routes
Matching hands for the Nautilus crux. <br />  <br />Tall? Dyno with the right to the hidden, incut, blackrock, pocket (out of the photo).  Less Ape-ish?  Then use the 5.11 pinch-side-pull intermediate hold, a scrap of chalk in the photo. <br /> <br />The second bolt is just under the climbers's right elbow.  The first bolt is hidden in the shadows, located four tenths of the distance from his foot to the bottom of the photo.

The Nautilus Cave Pitch 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  CO : Morrison/Evergreen : Morrison Routes
New bolts make this a fun lead. Common this route is not. It is the only bolted, five-ten, jug-haul, dyno-action, hueco-pocket, after-work, pitch near Denver. Don't count on it being unoccupied. I wouldn't have added this route, but "Choppers" need this page for comments....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Morrison Routes Slideshow Add Photo
Beta view of the black and white dihedral North of the Cave Route.
BETA PHOTO: Beta view of the black and white dihedral North of...
Beta photo with lead climbs shown and labeled.
BETA PHOTO: Beta photo with lead climbs shown and labeled.
Near the top of Nautilus.
Near the top of Nautilus.
I posted this a few years ago, and it seems to be missing.
BETA PHOTO: I posted this a few years ago, and it seems to be ...

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By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Nov 12, 2012
From the parking, the best trail I found leaves the road near a telephone pole on the east side of the parking.