The Blonde Formation Rock Climbing
1 trad line, 2 bolted lines (11a-11b/c) both with 2 bolt lower off anchors. The routes could be a little cleaner, and this makes the climbing a little more dicey. This wall is in the sun for most of the day until late in the afternoon, but with only 2 routes, not really an extended stay here. Also there is a lot of noise, being a roadside (literally) crag. Be careful....
Located 0.5 miles west of the 1st tunnel, at 270 mile post. Large pullout on the south side of the road. From here walk up the canyon about 300 feet. The crag is on the north side of the road and there is one route on each of the 2 tiers of the crag. The approach is VERY loose so watch for loose rocks tumbling down onto the road, could be VERY DANGEROUS. Be careful.
A. Arete, 9+, 1p, gear.
B. The Blonde Leading Blonde
, 11, 1p, 60', bolts.
C. Blonde Man's Bluff
, 11-, 1p, bolts.
Climbing Season For the Clear Creek Canyon area.
Weather station 1.6 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For The Blonde Formation
Blonde Man's Bluff 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c CO
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This route is the route located on the upper tier of 'The Blonde Formation'. Although the guide says 7 bolts for this route, I came across only 6. The scramble to the base of the route includes a lot of loose rock and a 4th class section onto the actual rock, this is a bad place for your belayer to be if you fall, so perhaps try to belay from the ground somehow, may be difficult. The first bolt is a little ways up so be careful. This route I give 1 star if it were a little cleaner, as it was cov...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
By David Appelhans
From: Medford, MA
Oct 3, 2008
I did a trad route yesterday that climbs the right side of the arete. I combined both tiers in one pitch and found a few thoughtful 5.9+ moves and plenty of loose rock but overall a really fun route. We continued the day by hiking up to Stumbling Block.