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The name says it all. Dark rock, in the shade, and a good choice for pulling limestone pockets on a hot day. This excellent crag offers a somewhat unique experience from other crags in the main Shelf area. This is one of the "old school" crags at Shelf, with bolting & grading more in line with the original lines at The Bank, Sand Gulch & The Gallery. If you're used to Cactus Cliff style bolting, be prepared for spaced-out bolts, and be prepared to supplement some routes with gear.
There are two ways to approach the Dark Side, depending on the routes you're headed for. Park at the newly expanded parking lot just past The Bank campground for both approaches.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Dark Side:
Lumina 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch
Fight or Flight 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
27 Tons 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Teenage Wristband 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Corner Pockets 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Porkus Procurement 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch
Dark Side Roofs 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Muted by Reality 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Enchanted Porkfist 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Crown of Thorns aka Box Lunch aka Lou Raven's Rest 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Suspender Man 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Two Hearts 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
The Welcoming 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Call From Overseas 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
The Plum 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Void Lloyd 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Blank Frank 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
The Audition 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Mannequin 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Line of Strength 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b R Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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Line of Strength 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b R CO : Shelf Road : The Dark Side
Line of Strength is located on the right side of the Dark Side, a few climbs to the right of The Audition. It has an undercut start with a very high first bolt. Stick clip the first bolt and climb a tough boulder problem off the ground. The route then follows well-spaced bolts to a cruxy section on the upper black face. The upper section is quite [spicy] with one bolt protecting the final 35 feet of 11/11+ climbing.This is all-time Shelf classic that is a bit old school. Consider that LOS h...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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