Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
Postcolonial Crag

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Marble Man, The S 
Stonewall S 

Postcolonial Crag Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 6,500'
Page Views: 2,268
Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Monty, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Bjorn on May 17, 2010
This Afternoon

66° | 46°

67° | 46°

60° | 46°

58° | 44°

65° | 46°

68° | 47°
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Know the location? Show us! We need it for cool new features!
Postcolonial on a lovely May afternoon.

Raptor Closures / Upper Canyon Road closures MORE INFO >>>


I first found this small highball bouldering sanctuary out on a bushwhack after passing by the Stumbling Block/Bumbling Stock formations. What I have begun calling Postcolonial Crag is a more of a craglet, a short sample of cliff band with perhaps 50 feet along the ground of climbable rock. Routes here are at the grey area between short routes, high boulder problems. Rock quality ranges from perfect, hard, smooth all the way to horribly crumbly and unreliable in close mutual proximity. Landings range from rather clean and soft to blood-curdling death.

Overall though these extremes are reconciled into a very pleasant short cliff with rock and features reminiscent of the Stumbling Block. Not 100% bullet rock, but great where it's good, and an abundance interesting features, offset by a perplexing lack of features in spots, creates problems(and projects) that inspire unorthodox movement and tactics.

For whatever matters of style and ethics are concerned, I have always confronted this crag holding true to my notion of ground-up adventure bouldering being the purest, simplest, most rewarding style of climbing there is. This decision also arose out of logistical concerns. The routes here are short enough that bringing rope and gear will likely make the routes feel anti-climactic and not worth the approach. I would plead that any further attention at Postcolonial not involve the placement of any protection bolts and most top rope situations should be accomodated by gear placements up top.

There are other projects remaining to be sent here, beyond what I have done. I have posted one project, the Full Fathom Five arete problem. Both L of the arete and R of Hagseed there is potential for harder boulder problems. The L end of the crag has a small roof feature with plenty of chossy rock that I have hardly cleaned up. Prying off the blantant loose holds and cleaning up the rest could yield a good steep problem. I backed off developing over here, because there are several bushes growing there that I didn't want to exterminate unless I knew there was a problem worth a damn. Also I'm pretty sure a bear sleeps there sometimes. Bear scat's a dead giveaway like that.

Please visit. Please enjoy. Please respect.

A. ??, 12- or V3-4 X, 30'.
AB. Stonewall, 13-, 1p, 35', bolts.
C. Wench, 11+ or V3 X, 30'.
D. Hagseed, 10+ or V1+ R, 15'.

Getting There 

Postcolonial Crag is high on a hillside upcanyon of the Stumbling Block area. Parking is in a large dirt pullout between mile markers 270 and 269 1/2. The pullout is on the river side of the road, directly across the street from a stand of three or four trees on the slope side. Traffic visibility is limited when making the crossing BACK to your car at the end of your day.

From parking, the crag is visible directly uphill. A pine and a small rocky outcrop are in the foreground viewed from the parking area. I recommend approaching first to the right of that little outcrop then cutting back left to a subtle ridge that leads up to the left end of Postcolonial.

Climbing Season

For the Clear Creek Canyon area.

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For Postcolonial Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin Capps making the FA.... Small crimpers.

Stonewall 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  CO : Golden : ... : Postcolonial Crag
Climb the arête for 2 bolts, then traverse up and right on small crimps and bad feet. This route climbs like Chaos on Anarchy Wall, a lot of little moves for such a short route....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Postcolonial Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: As seen from parking.
As seen from parking.
Rock Climbing Photo: By dusk.
By dusk.

Comments on Postcolonial Crag Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!