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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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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Dark Side:
The Pillar V2 5+ Boulder
Valhalla V7 7A+ Boulder
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Valhalla V7 7A+ CO : Boulder : ... : The Dark Side
Although perhaps a little contrived, this problem is extremely enjoyable and has lots of cool movement. Start down low on two obvious underclings on the left side of the boulder. Using a few good crimps, go up and right to a sharp crimp rail. Then go up to a sloper and make a committing move up and left to the jug. The left arete is off. This is a really fun problem!...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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