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The Dark Side

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Animal Control 
Arrowhead Arete (SDS) 
Arrowhead Arete Low 
Balancing Act 
Bearded Lady (aka Hand Crack) 
Big Kid Tantrum 
Blood Moon 
Breashear's Crack II 
Cannibal Girl 
Coaches Corner 
Deal Jams  
Dionysian Ecstasy  
Done Deal Dyno 
Double Arete 
Easy Cracks 
Face right of HighGravity 
From Here Or There 
God Created Crimps 
Gypsy Devil 
Hall & Oates 
High Gravity aka Slots 
Ice Truck Killer 
In the Beginning 
Known Secret 
Little Ledges 
Low Hanging Melons 
MoSo Roof 
Mosquito Frito 
Mr. Wiggles and Mr. Giggles 
Part of A Warmup Traverse 
Path of Most Resistance 
Proper English 
Return to Dirt 
Riddler, The 
Rupture - V5-V7 
Slapper, The 
Southeast Arete 
Squirming Coil 
Super Slab 
Sweet Nectar aka Meet George Jetson 
Tree Slab Dyno 
Unknown -Warm up (The Jake)  
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The Dark Side  

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Across from the road from the standard Morrison bouldering area is a hill side of beautiful boulders that draws the eye as you repeat the same old standard Morrison problems. This area gained some recent attention from the video, Who Got the Props? The ultra-classic, Breashear's Crack II, draws plenty of attention. Shady lines for summer bouldering abound in this newly (?) explored area. Perhaps you can find a Holloway or Gill problem here.... First ascent lines await your eyes and touch.

Getting There 

Go to Morrison, look south of the road. This hill side is covered with various shady boulders.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

52 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',25],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Dark Side:
Bearded Lady (aka Hand Crack)   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   
In the Beginning   V1 5     Boulder, 13'   
From Here Or There   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   
Super Slab   V2 5+     Boulder, 20'   
Tree Slab Dyno   V3 6A     Boulder   
Breashear's Crack II   V3 6A     Boulder, 19'   
High Gravity aka Slots   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   
Path of Most Resistance   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 10'   
Southeast Arete   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   
Balancing Act   V4 6B     Boulder   
MoSo Roof   V4 6B     Boulder   
Contrivance   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   
Double Arete   V5 6C     Boulder, 16'   
Squirming Coil   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   
Dasani   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 10'   
The Slapper   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 15'   
The Riddler   V5-6 6C+     Boulder   
Known Secret   V8 7B     Boulder   
Arrowhead Arete Low   V8 7B     Boulder   
Rupture - V5-V7   V? R     Boulder, 10'   
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Featured Route For The Dark Side
Crazy Pete on "Arrowhead Arete".

Arrowhead Arete Low V8 7B  CO : Morrison/Evergreen : ... : The Dark Side
Start low on massive underclings and use left edges and right arete to reach a very tricky and balancey top out.Stand start V6....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of The Dark Side Slideshow Add Photo
Luke Childers gets his repeat of the beloved "...
Luke Childers gets his repeat of the beloved "...
Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Wiley Evans is the "Squirming Coil."
Wiley Evans is the "Squirming Coil."
Wiley Evans is the "Squirming Coil."
Wiley Evans is the "Squirming Coil."
Wiley Evans is the "Squirming Coil."
Wiley Evans is the "Squirming Coil."
Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Wiley Evans feels no "Rupture."
Rough map of the Dark Side.
BETA PHOTO: Rough map of the Dark Side.
Wiley enjoying a nice warm up at Morrison.
Wiley enjoying a nice warm up at Morrison.
The square block boulder.
BETA PHOTO: The square block boulder.
Looking up the MoSo ridge line.
Looking up the MoSo ridge line.
My friend in the cave.
My friend in the cave.

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By Chris Dawson
From: Denver, CO
Feb 21, 2002
It should be said that this is predominantly a summer destination. In the winter months it is cold, shady and wet, as the sun doesn't touch most of the hillside all day long.
By chris deulen
From: Merriam, Kansas
May 24, 2006
The winter months do bring some great temps for sending. The best way to get here when heading West on Morrison Road is to take your first left after C-470 and park on the right after crossing the bridge in the dirt pullout. Walk to the end of the lot (South) and cross a concrete bridge over the canal. Take the steep trail straight up the dirt. When a fork in the trail comes, go left (up) rather than right (straight and flat). This good trail dips down, then continues up, around trees, and along rock. When you come to the first boulders (which may have notable chalk on them) squeeze between a rock and a tree with your pad. this will lead to, yet another, steep dirt path that will bring you to a nice "cave area." Up another steep hill, and to the right will lead you to the main area, with the Cube.
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Oct 13, 2007
If anyone knows the names of any of the recent problems I've put up here on the site (since I don't), please let me know and I'll change them. Thanks.
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Jul 17, 2008
Just wanted to thank whoever put in the time, money and effort into making the staircase on the approach trail for this area, it's greatly appreciated
By cstorms
From: North Bend, OR
Aug 5, 2008
I agree, the staircase makes the hike up about twice as easy. Nice work.
By Mike Morin
From: On the Road
Aug 5, 2008
Thank the Jefferson County Open Space Trail Crew.
By Chris Chaney
From: Stanton, Kentucky
Oct 4, 2008
The name of the hogback is Mount Glennon and this area is mostly within Jefferson County Open Space.
By Josh Cook
Feb 19, 2009
I have just added some very classic MoSo climbs to the database. The names I have chosen are names that myself and other locals of the area have used for the past 8+ years and have started to become the de facto names of the problems. I realize that we are most likely not the first ascentionists of many of the lines (if not all) and therefore do not have the right to replace names of ones that may or may not exist. I merely hope to give recognition to really good problems and provide a means of reference so that finding problems is easier. MoSo is a great Front Range area and I hope people can visit without having to decipher beta like "Go past Unknown V3, up to Unknown V8, and then start right of Unknown V6". It is for that reason I have added with our given names and will happily change any info if you are 100% sure you did the F.A. and it was called x,y,z.

If you have changes to make to submissions by me (Josh Cook) please comment or email me at joshuacook5@hotmail.com

Good Climbing.
By half-pad-mini-jug
From: crauschville
Mar 21, 2009
I have also added some routes recently and if anyone knows any info on these, I would be more than happy to make corrections. I agree that it would be nice to have names to reference climbs rather than 'arete 1' etc... Also, I'm bad at grading things, so some consensus would be nice too. This is an awesome area, way better than across the road, you can actually top things out.
By Andrew Vojslavek
May 16, 2009
There are plenty of lines still to be done here, go big or go home, seriously folks, proud ascents await!

Cheers and happy findings.
By John McNamee
From: Littleton, CO
Aug 2, 2010
Nice darkside vid.

By Sean Wolf
From: Denver, CO
Aug 30, 2010
Anyone have information about the cave problem at the very top of the hogback with the glue'd hold on it?
By Kelham Stephenson
Sep 28, 2010
Does anyone know what the V1-V2 climbs are that are located in the cave to the right of Dasani? In that area on the left of the cave there are two V1-V2 type climbs, the left one that you can top out, almost onto a flat sheet with some ledges on it. Steep dropoff downhill. The other climb starts on the right side of the left wall and goes straight up w/ no topout. On the right side of the cave is a super awkward, probably V5/V7, overhanging problem that stems a crack?
Couldn't find them on here and thought they would be a good addition for beginning climbers or decent warmups. There's plenty of chalk on the holds, but landings are definitely 2-4 pads and a spotter.
By Anson Roberts
Jun 19, 2012
There are a handful of lines that I have seen/climbed on the Dark Side that are not listed here. It would be great to get some of these named/graded and listed. There are two that I may not have been the first to climb, but they sure did take some cleaning. Has anyone climbed or know anyone whose climb the right pockety face of Moso Roof (V3-V4)? Also, the far right face of High Gravity? Right next to the arete on the right side, has small crimpy ledges all the way up (V4-V5)?

And a problem directly right of warm-up traverse (seemed to already have some chalk on it). It has a sit start to a couple of two-fingered pockets and then up to the ledge (V2?)?

By Jon Sauls
From: Denver, Colorado
Jul 5, 2012
Can anyone tell me what problem this is and its rating? I have scoured the internet looking for it with no luck. It is the 1st problem in this video: youtu.be/Gvy0cz-NOhA.
By Adam Keifenheim
Jul 24, 2013
Does anybody know the problem that starts in a bit of a mini-cave with no feet, follows a crack system out a roof to the prow of an overhanging arete, and then tops out around the prow? It's just downhill from squirming coil and maybe behind Dasani? In the Colorado Bouldering Front Range book, their map has its area titled as "The Tunnel" and the problem is incorrectly called Dasani.

Just opposite this mini-cave is a more vertical block with some fun problems as well with weird, slab topouts.

It felt in the V4-V8 range, but I couldn't do the first move of the sit start back in the cave and can't say for sure. Beautiful movements though.

I think I'm referring to the same area as Kelham Stephenson.
By Matt W.
From: Edmond, OK
Jan 29, 2015
What are conditions like in this area right now and during the first part of February? Too wet and snowy to climb?
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