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The Goose

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The Goose 


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Elevation: 7,380'
Location: 39.9668, -105.2882 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Ben Mottinger, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Jan 1, 2001
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  • Description 

    This interesting rock is kinda hard to find and has a moderately long approach (by Boulder standards). The routes on it are great and it is worth a visit on a nice Saturday--you won't have to worry about crowds here.

    The east face routes are a bit challenging to decipher.

    There are seasonal closures, so check with Boulder Mountain Parks.


    Getting There 

    From the Fern Canyon Trail, hike up the canyon until you see a clearing to the East. Hike now until you see a wood sign with red paint that says, "Fern Canyon." The trail starts about 50m further up the trail and is marked with a cairn. Follow the talus up to the Goose.


    12 Total Routes


    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]
    ['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',3],['5.11',1],['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]

    The Classics

    Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Goose:
    East Face / Goose        Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   
    South Face   5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a     Trad   
    Deserted Cities of the Heart   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches   
    Love's Labor Lost   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
    Batman   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
    Raging Bull (aka Cub)   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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    Raging....

    Raging Bull (aka Cub) 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c  CO : Flatirons : ... : The Goose
    This is a steep sport climb that combines pumpy jug moves in the first half, a very thin, technical crux in the middle, and more pumpy and inobvious moves to finish. Some of the holds in the first half appear suspect, but I've done the route three times now and I don't remember ever breaking anything. Despite a bit of loose rock and a less-than-perfect bolt placement at the crux (near your feet for the hardest moves), this is a wonderful Flatirons sport climb. A second pitch (5.12b) climbs over ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

    Photos of The Goose Slideshow Add Photo
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    Overhanging Rock, The Seal & The Goose (L to R) as viewed from the N/NW. Photo by Tony Bubb, 2006.
    Overhanging Rock, The Seal & The Goose (L to R) as...
    Duck, duck, G....
    Duck, duck, G....
    View of the East Face on the approach from the North East.
    BETA PHOTO: View of the East Face on the approach from the Nor...
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    By Leo Paik
    Administrator
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Sep 23, 2003

    If you rap the S face from above Arete, Raging Bull, Sweet & Innocent, beware that pulling your ropes can be quite difficult. It may be wiser to rap to the W.

    By Gold Plated Rocket Pony
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 15, 2010

    This is a long shot, but I lost a pair of sunglasses around "Love's Labor Lost" on August 1st, 2010. They are Strike Kings and probably worth about 2 bucks, but I liked them. Mucho beer as a reward if returned.

    By fossana
    From: Boulder, CO
    Nov 11, 2013

    The most efficient way to get off of the Goose without a rope is to downclimb to the west from the notch between the N and S summits (Sierra class 4). From here, you can drop down the talus past the Fiddlehead to pick up the Fern Canyon trail. This avoids to bushwhacking/scrambling nonsense you would encounter on the north or east sides.

    By Flatirons Climbing Council
    Jan 7, 2014

    One application has been submitted for the current (January 2014) cycle of the Flatirons Climbing Council's Fixed Hardware Review Committee application process: on the west face of the Goose.

    You can visit flatironsclimbingcouncil.wordpress.com/category/route-applic>>> to view it; please post comments below the application or submit them via email to fhrc@flatironsclimbing.org. The public vote and meeting will be held Wednesday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. at The Spot gym, Boulder, Colorado.