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Nebel Horn Ridge

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"Space Invaders" to "Shot" T 
Death Block Chimney T 
False Gods, Real Men T,S 
Grand Theft Auto? T 
Jennifer's Crack T 
Nebel End T 
Nebel Via T 
One In The Chamber T 
Over The Rainbow T,TR 
Rads For Rookies S 
Rainbow Bridge T,S 
Ruby Slipper T 
Scarecrow T 
Violator S 

Nebel Horn Ridge  


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Elevation: 7,535'
Location: 39.9662, -105.2906 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Michael Walker on Oct 13, 2001
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  • Description 

    A trip to Nebel Horn Ridge will require a sense of adventure and good stamina on the long hike in, but climbers will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful spots in all of Boulder in which to spend a day at the crag. The setting is idyllic, gentle, colorful, and save for the sounds of hikers on the Fern Canyon trail, quiet.

    Nebel Horn Ridge is the southern strata in a larger group that consists of the Goose to the north and the East Ridge in the middle. Nebel Horn Ridge itself is made up of a series of steps, Pellaea at the base, Onoclea next and Nebel Horn Ridge proper at the top.

    Getting There 

    Nebel Horn Ridge makes up the right (north) margin of Fern Canyon, and can be reached by following the Fern Canyon Trail. Once past Superfresh (the overhanging bolted arete) the Fern Canyon trail goes past the base of the East Ridge. Continue on Fern Canyon Trail passing next the base of the Nebel Horn Ridge. Hike up until it is possible to traverse right to the base of the crag (a faint trail leaves from behind a Wildlife Closure Sign).

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 2.3 miles from here

    14 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',4],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['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 Nebel Horn Ridge:
    Rads For Rookies   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch   
    Rainbow Bridge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
    False Gods, Real Men   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport   
    Ruby Slipper   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
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    Featured Route For Nebel Horn Ridge

    Rainbow Bridge 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Flatirons : ... : Nebel Horn Ridge
    Near its crest, Nebel Horn Ridge rises as a series of stunning buttresses, like colorful sharks fins. Just below the apex, a clean, sharp buttress leans out from the ridge and is characterized by a beautiful green and red south face. Rainbow Bridge follows the arete above and left of the south face, bridging over the colorful face to the blue sky. Work past four bolts on the face via horizontal cracks, pebbles, and edges. It is one of the most picturesque climbs in Boulder.Belay at a flat ro...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Oct 9, 2006
    Anyone have any info on the actual position of "Shot" or "Space Invaders" ??? Is the first pitch of Violator really just Shot, but retobolted ??? Rossiter's topo and photo are in disagreement and also do not match the text descriptions. So, there must be errors, but what is in fact correct? There are 3 lines up there and only 2 routes... As I did what I thought to be "Space Invaders" was pretty hard and pretty runout. Anyone else?