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This is a canyon whose lower section provides great ice climbing opportunities in the winter and good cragging routes further into the canyon during the summer. There are a few towers in the area as well.
This is on the Lost Arrow Buttress of Upper No Thoroughfare Canyon. This is a challenging area to find from above (preferred). It is a long hike in from below 4+ miles. From the East entrance to the monument, go up Rim Rock Drive, go left on DS/East Glade Park Rd past the monument boundary. Park in a large pullout. Cross the road, hop the fence, head south 300+ yards. You may find a cairn. Find a drainage down with a large bowl at the top. You can rap this or downclimb, carefully 4th class to a tree above a tighter slot. Rap down here, pad the rope (or find significant rope wear later), reach a ledge. Find another tighter corner and rap to the ground. I recommend leaving the last 2 ropes fixed. Bring ascenders.
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Over the Edge Spire-Child's Play 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R CO : Grand Junction area : ... : No Thoroughfare Canyon
This is another one of the obscure towers of the Colorado National Monument. It is located far up No Thoroughfare Canyon. The climb starts in the hallway between the tower and the buttress up a fist crack. Chimney/jam up and obviously move into the main chimney system. This is where the climb gets exciting, run it out by stemming/chimneying up past some scary rock with no gear for a ways. Towards the top of the chimney I saw two drilled holes to hand place a baby angle in. (Desert Rock III...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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