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The Blonde Formation Rock Climbing 


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Location: 39.74314, -105.25271 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jeff Lockyer on Dec 31, 1969
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  • Description 

    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....

    Getting There 

    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.

    L->R: 

    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]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


    Featured Route For The Blonde Formation

    The Blonde Leading Blonde 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CO : Golden : ... : The Blonde Formation
    This route is the route on the lower face of 'The Blonde Formation'. The routes in general are avoided because of the proximity to the road, very close. This route is fairly straightforward but the grade is heightened a little bit due to the lichen covered rock, don't blindy throw for something that looks good on this crag, will be covered for sure.. I would give this route more stars if it weren't so close to the traffic. Watch when approaching the base of this route for rocks rolling onto the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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    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.

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