The Aircraft Carrier is a secluded bouldering spot with a little something for everyone. The first boulder that was developed was the aircraft carrier. This boulder has a about ten problems on it. The area around the boulder has been developed as well yielding an excellent V9 called the Cool Arete.
Take US Highway 24 south from I-70. Drive south through Minturn and up and over Battle Mountain. After about five miles of driving uphill, you will reach the top of Battle Mountain. After this, you will descend for about two miles before going over a large bridge. This is the Red Cliff bridge. Continue over the bridge and down the hill. At the bottom of the hill is the parking on the right for the Kluttergarden. Continue past this parking lot for about two miles before taking a right onto Homestake Road. Homestake Road is a dirt road and appears right before some switchbacks. Once you make a right on Homestake Road, continue down the road until you cross a bridge. Immediately after the bridge park on your right in a small two car pullout. Park here.
Hike north along the river on a trail for about 1/4 mile. After 1/4 mile look left for a large boulder. When you see this boulder, turn left and hike uphill south of the big boulder. Continue hiking uphill on the trail for another 200 feet before reaching the Aircraft Carrier.
Weather station 10.8 miles from here
10 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Hit! V3 6A CO
: Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif...
: The Aircraft Carrier
The problem sits on the boulder just across from "Cool Arete" on the right corner of the face. SDS with left hand on a good, left-facing sidepull and right hand a small, right-facing crimp. Slap up right and keep making long moves up good compression style holds till a large crimp in the middle, then toss for the top. There is cool air coming from below the boulder that keeps the holds crisp....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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By La Vida
Sep 26, 2012
This is a very cool area! My gf and I hiked to check out this place for future climbing and was very pleased of the aesthetic of the rock. The quality is ok, but there are also several "hard" problems on the back side of this boulder. Does anyone know or have any beta on these routes?
Also, I noticed a lot of new bolts on the short wall that surrounds this boulder. Any beta on this short sport wall? Looks fun! Any info is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Oct 15, 2012
V11 on the backside is called Rhythm of the Saint.