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Ridge 1 has always seemed like a "wilderness" crag perhaps because it takes longer to get there. In addition, the crag faces a bit more West than the others and the view is pretty much into the hills. On average climbing here is more difficult than at the other ridge crags, with a lot of 5.12 and at least one Alan Nelson 5.13. There are, however, a number of fine 5.9 and 5.10 routes to be had as well. The most distant section of Ridge 1, the most West and most uphill, has the best unbroken sweep of rock with some major overhangs to be had. The section lower on the hill has some ledge systems that break up the continuity. A notch separates the higher and lower sections and this has several lines in it as well. As with most of the Wild West, it is almost mandatory to bring the trad rack unless you have a specific bolted line in mind. A full set of Friends and a fist full of wired stoppers will cover most things. Ridge 1 is a really cool spot and a highly interesting way to get off the beaten path, pick up some sun, and almost never run into another party.
Getting to Ridge 1 is largely no different a plan than that used for getting to Ridge 2. Simply follow the main trail around West passing the branch to Ridge 2. It feels a little like walking all of the way around the hill, but just stay with it until it drops you at the base of the crags, the South tip.
A. The Cyber Spraylord, 9+, 1p, 60', bolts.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ridge 1:
The Cyber Spraylord 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
The Stranger (aka The Left Hand Route) 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Shootin' Off At The Mouse 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
The Impersonator 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Shootin' Off At The Mouth 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
The Fornicator 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Real Men of Genius 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Golden Shower 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
The Adultress 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
The Adulterer 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
The Inseminator 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Arrogant Bastard 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Wild Blue Yonder 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
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The Adultress 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b CO : Boulder : ... : Ridge 1
This route was originally put up in the style of the Eighties, by two very strong and bold hardmen (Rob Woolf & Jeff Frizell). These gentlemen had more balls than bolts! Thanks to the permission of Rob Woolf, the route now sports chains and a few more bolts. The new bolts should be obvious - climb the route and imagine sending with the original pro. The pucker factor would have pegged the meter! There was even a pin pounded into a dubious block for good measure.... The technical crux happens be...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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