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Sometime in the mid '80s this large sector of Eldorado Mountain was developed by a host of Boulder and Denver climbers. Ken Trout, Tod Anderson, Dave Fields, Ziggy, Mark Rolofson, myself, and a many others contributed to development. These fairly short crags all face South, hold numerous routes, and due to restrictions of some private property, the Railroad, and the town of Plainview, have seen little action in the last 8 years. Every now and then we make the pilgrimage to the West Bank, keeping a low profile, and this has never caused any trouble, but caution is always in order.
From the railroad tracks, and between tunnels 2 and 3, a faint trail takes off up a short grassy slope and into the forest. Follow the trail up-hill until it dumps out at the base of long talus field. Enter the talus in its middle and after 50 feet a trail of blocks leads left (West) through the talus. At the end of the talus, pass a couple of large blocks on their downhill side and cut sharply right and uphill. The trail wanders through a sparse, section of the forest to a very steep, bolted overhang. This is the start of Ridge two. Numbering begins with this overhang (#1, Drive By Shooting, 5.12a).
A. Cave Crack, 9, 1p, gear.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ridge 4:
Lawyers, Guns, and Hilties 5.11d Sport, 1 pitch
The Wild, Wild West 5.12a Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Ms. Coolie's Saloon aka Killer Elite 5.12a Sport, 1 pitch
Life During Wartime 5.13a Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Occupied Territory 5.13a Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Featured Route For Ridge 4
Ms. Coolie's Saloon aka Killer Elite 5.12a CO : Boulder : ... : Ridge 4
My favorite climb on Ridge 4, Killer Elite takes the face just left of Pinch. The climbing starts in a shallow alcove off a flat base. A thin, left-facing corner is actually taken on the face to the left, with the fingers in the corner. The corner fades away with a reachy traverse left before kicking straight up to the anchor. Chase upwards on a relentless series of thin fingery edges and crystals. For its grade, Killer Elite is fantastically continuous. I thought that it possessed...[more] Browse More Classics in CO