BETA PHOTO: Stewardess Convention Crag from the pullout.
A scruffy and lonely north-facing rock, this crag has some great climbing, but its character is dominated by lichen, loose blocks, and run-outs. Despite that, there are great, crisp edges and wonderfully sticky feet... between those loose sections. If old-school alpine-style climbing is your thing and you don't mind avoiding the blocks, then add a star to each assigned grade, since one was subtracted for "aesthetics" as they stand. The lines may be of 'moderate' difficulty, but are for the advanced leader ready to pull out all the tricks, not for the neophyte trad leader.
All four climbs there can be done in a matter of few hours or less, so it is a great before/after work crag. The climbing here could be combined with the dozen or so more routes on Pilot Knob to make a full days worth of climbing, all within 5 minutes of the car. Despite the proximity to the river, we didn't encounter mosquitoes at either crag.
Drive 7.3 miles up canyon to mile 25.8. You will have just passed a left bend in the road with a stubby tower across the river, called Pilot Knob. 200 yards later you pull across the road to the left side and park in a long paved pullout. Look directly across the river to see the 'Stewardess Convention Crag.'
While the traditional approach is to wade the stream below 'Stewardess' or to rock-hop in very low water conditions, presently there is a very large tree that has fallen across the stream and one can climb into its end, then walk "down" the tree to cross the creek completely dry. From there, it is a 1 minute walk to the base of the crag.
A fairly long pitch with some good sections of climbing and some surprisingly awkward moves. The pitch is somewhat untraveled and still has lichen on it but would clean up more with time. This is the most solid pitch on this crag but lacks the great climbing that is found on Aviatrix.Start 7 meters left of the start of Flight Attendant, climbing up and left below a roof into a crack system. Continue up and slightly left towards a few bushes in the crack. At the first...[more]Browse More Classics in CO