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The Dark Side is a large area of boulders on a North-facing slope on Flagstaff Mountain. This spot is located between the Cloud Shadow complex and Nook's Rock. There are a ton of boulders here with awesome climbs on them, and they range from about V0 to V10. The area is well-shaded by trees, which might factor in to the naming, and has a short approach, like almost all the boulders on Flagstaff. The rock can be a bit chossy in spots but is pretty good overall.
The best way to approach these boulders is by parking at the Capstan and walking past the Cloud Shadow Wall, north and down into the boulders. Once you find one of the boulders, the others are not far away.
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The Pillar V2 5+ Boulder
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The Pillar V2 5+ CO : Boulder : ... : The Dark Side
This is the route on the cool looking pillar sticking out of the ground. Start low hanging on to both sides of the two foot wide boulder. Use the top of the boulder and a few holds on the face to get to the point and then top out. This is a fun problem with an awkward topout but worth doing....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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