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2 Ways 2 Hell T 
Another Unnamed Billy Bob Route S 
Beer Barrel Buttress S 
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers T 
Beer Pong T 
Chicken Dance S 
Corniche T 
Crack to Chimney T,TR 
Crack/Bulge T 
Fabulous Flying Carrs Route, The S,TR 
Ground Doesn't Lie, The S 
Half and Half 2 T 
Handle This Hard On! S 
Hellbound II T 
Hellraiser T 
Here Today Gone Tomorrow S 
Hippy School T,TR 
In Between the Lines S,TR 
Intuition S 
Mr. Coors Contributes to the Pink Stain T 
Mr. Peery Take A Bow S 
Mr. Squirrel Places a Nut S,TR 
Mrs. Hen Places a Peck S,TR 
Natural Fact T 
Off Line S,TR 
Pack 'o Bobs S 
Plumber's Crack, The T 
Routefinding 101 T 
Serious Play T,TR 
Sidelines S,TR 
Smear Me A Beer S 
This Ain't Naturita, Pilgrim S,TR 
Toast & Jam? T 
Top Rope Face TR 
Tora, Tora, Tora T 
Toura Handle T,TR 
Toura Obscura S 
War With A Rack T 
What Line? T,TR 
Wholly Holey S 

Overhang Area Rock Climbing 

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This area is right where the approach trail ends. As a result, it is probably now the most popular section along the cliffs. The name is misleading, because while many routes are slightly overhanging, there are no "radical overhangs" and there are also numerous less-than vertical climbs. A number of good 10s and 11s lie in wait here.

Getting There 

Ascend the trail from the parking lots. This is the area basically from near where the trail intersects the cliff band and continues left.


A. The Plumber's Crack, 10-, 1p, 60, gear.
B. Intuition, 7 R, 1p, 50', gear.
C. Teeter Totter Pillar aka Toast & Jam?, 7+, 1p, 50', gear (& bolts).
D. The Ground Doesn't Lie, 10+, 1p, bolts.
E. Top Rope Face, 10, 1p, TR.
F. Cracks, ?, 1p, gear.
G. Beer Barrel Buttress, 10+, 1p, 65', bolts.
H. Beer Pong, 9-, 1p, 65', gear.

I1. What Line?, 10-, 1p, 40', gear or TR.
I2. Sidelines, 8 or 10-, 1p, bolts.
J. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers, 8+, 1p, 45', gear.
K. In Between The Lines, 9-, 1p, 45', bolts.
L. Corniche, 7 or 8, 1p, 45', gear.
M. Off Line, 8, 1p, 50', bolts.
N. Crack/Bulge, 8+, 1p, 55', gear.
O. Hippy School, 8, 1p, 55', gear or TR.
P. Mr. Squirrel Places A Nut, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
Q1. Routefinding 101, 9, 1p, gear.
Q2. Tora, Tora, Tora, 11, 1p, bolts & gear.
R. Handle This Hard On, 12-, 1p, bolts.
SR. Toura Handle, 9- PG-13, 1p, 70', TR or bolts & gear.
S. Toura Obscura, 9, 1p, 80', bolts.
T. Mr. Coors Contributes to the Pink Stain, 9+, 1p, 60', gear.
U. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, 9 or 11+, 1p, bolts.
V1. Mr. Peery Takes A Bow, 11-, 1p, bolts.
V2. Mrs. Hen Places A Peck, 11+, 1p, bolts. Gently overhanging face.
W. Chicken Dance, 12-, 1p, bolts. R of big hole near start.
X. Hell Raiser, 10-, 1p, 60', gear.
Y. Serious Play, 11 R, gear.
Z. 2 Ways 2 Hell, 9, 1p, bolts & gear.
AA. Half and Half 2, 7, 1p, bolts & gear.
BB. Smear Me A Beer, 11, 1p, bolts.
CC. Hellbound II, 9, 1p, 60', gear.
DD. This Ain't Naturita Pilgrim, 9, 1p, 70', bolts.
EE. Natural Fact, 7, 1p, 60', gear.
FF. Fabulous Flying Carr's Route, 10- or 11-, 1p, bolts.
GG. Another Unnamed Billy Bob Route aka Sloping Forehead, 7+, 1p, bolts.
HH. Pack O' Bobs aka Ivory Tower, 8-, 1p, 50', bolts.
II. Crack to Chimney, 7, 1p, 60', bolt & gear.
JJ. Wholly Holey, 8+, 1p, 60', bolts.
KK. War With A Rack, 8, 1p, 60', gear.
LLKK. Crack To Face, 8, 1p, 60', gear or TR.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

40 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',26],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Overhang Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Overhang Area:
Corniche   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   
Beer Pong   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Hippy School   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   
This Ain't Naturita, Pilgrim   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Mr. Coors Contributes to the Pink Stain   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Plumber's Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Ground Doesn't Lie   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Fabulous Flying Carrs Route   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
Tora, Tora, Tora   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   
Mr. Peery Take A Bow   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Mr. Squirrel Places a Nut   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
Mrs. Hen Places a Peck   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Chicken Dance   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Handle This Hard On!   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Faking difficulty by the super high, first bolt.

Beer Barrel Buttress 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CO : Golden : ... : Overhang Area
Immediately right of 'The Ground Doesn't Lie' is a bolted line that starts off a block at 12 feet or so. Scramble up to the first clip and negotiate another adhered block on its right side. You can make a clip before standing up to run the nice 5.10 face above. The last couple of bolts are a bit spacey, but the climbing is secure, edgy, and chock full of good ledges for the feet.I thought there were two "cruxes" one was getting established above the second bolt and another arose som...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Photo: Dave Fiorucci.
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Signs of spring showing up.
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#1 shows the simple set-up that is bomber and easi...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Sun setting on the rocks.
Sun setting on the rocks.

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By Brian Schoep
Apr 18, 2005
Hey All, I've been trying to figure out the name and rating of a route up here. It is towards the left hand side of the Overhang Area. The first three bolts follow an open book with a finger crack in the back of it. The left face is quite smooth, but the right face has some small edges. It leads to an overhang with a handjam after which it heads to the left to one more bolt and some coldshuts. If anyone knows what this is, I would love the info. Thanks.
By Randy Carmichael
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 19, 2005
Brian, the route you are describing I believe is an un-named 5.8.
By Buff Johnson
Aug 14, 2006
There's a natural line just climber's right of #46 (as noted in the beta pic -- #46=Offline). It takes good gear, I think 4-5 cams & a bolt to finish. A couple of balancy stem moves using some crack for good hands & fingers taking the overhangs more directly. Not too bad at all. The crux (I thought) is pulling the overhang to the right of the 2nd bolt located on Offline.
By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Dec 10, 2007
We've put winch hook anchors on over thirty routes up at the Golden Cliffs Preserve. Mostly on routes I'd bolted originally. Just clip the rope in and lower off. No need to risk rappel cleaning. When these hooks get worn, they are easy and safe to replace.

Here is what we used from Home Depot in Golden:

1/2" Quick Link, rated to 1498kg, used to attach hook to bolt hanger or existing rings, $4.17. The links don't get worn and won't need much future replacement.

3/4" X 4-1/4" Winch Hook, rated to 1,134kg, can easily be replaced in the future, $4.77.
By Mike Howard
Dec 10, 2007

I want to be the first to thank you for your effort and expense. Might just save a life and that deserves kudos. I have been looking for mussy hooks and the only site I found them on was Fish. Did you say you got them at Home Depot as well or just the quick links? Do you oppose the hook gates? A photo would be great of the set-up.

Thanks again,


Edit 1/18/08: Thanks for the HD info and the photo and the effort. Cheers Mike
By Dave Clark 5.10
From: Golden, CO
Aug 19, 2010
Route R is Toura Obscura. It felt like a solid 5.9 relative to other GC routes. Not a bad route, but lots of bird crap didn't help.

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