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The Risk Area

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Al & Mike's Frosty Little Adventure T 
Baby Beeper S 
Chillin' and Drillin' S 
Chimney Route T 
Chubsy T,TR 
Daddy Dwarf S 
Delegate, The S,TR 
Grü T 
Handcrack T 
Jim's Myrtle Spurge TR 
Little Green Apples S 
Mama Midget S 
Mark Hamill's Face aka Jack Palance's Push-ups S 
Mettle Detector T,TR 
My Big Red Catcher's Mitt S 
Not S,TR 
Perfect 10, The S,TR 
Purposefully Put In T 
Risk of Injection S 
Rope Trick S 
Scraping The Barrel T 
Serendipity T 
Sinister Minister TR 
Stupid Human Trick T 
Table Trash T 
This Bolt's For You S 
This Bone's For You S 
Tim's Stupid Hat TR 
Uncle Shorty T 
Unknown T 
Unknown F T 

The Risk Area Rock Climbing 

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A longer walk than most areas at Table, there are some nice routes that are for the most part short and steep.

Getting There 

This is the second furthest west section of Table Mountain that is continuous, save for the Pinnacle Area, another 1/2 mile along. Hike up to the base of the cliffs, then continue west for a ways. The wall rises up more steeply, offering some long climbs, on the Winterfest Wall area. Continue past for another 60 yards or so.


A. Tim's Stupid Hat, 7, 1p, 40', TR.
B1. Jim's Myrtle Spurge, 7, 1p, 35', TR.
B2. Mark Hamill's Face aka Jack Palance's Push-ups, 9, 1p, 60', bolts.
C. Purposefully Put In, 7, 1p, gear.
D. Scraping The Barrel, 7, 1p, gear.
E. Almost Left Out, 8, 1p.
F. Little Green Apples, 1p, bolts.
G. My Big Red Catcher's Mitt, 10+, 1p, bolts.
H. Uncle Shorty, 8, 1p, gear.
I. Mama Midget, 10, 1p, bolts.
J. Daddy Dwarf, 10+, 1p, bolts.
K. Stupid Human Trick, V0.
L. Grü, 5, 1p, 50', gear.
M. Unknown, 8+, 1p, gear.
N. The Perfect 10, 10-, 1p, bolts.
O. Not, 10-, 1p, bolts.
P. Serendipity, 9, 1p, 40', gear.
Q. Risk of Injection, 11 R, 1p, bolts.
R. This Bolt's For You, 10+, 1p, 45', bolts.
S. Chillin' and Drillin', 11+, 1p, 50', bolts.
T. This Bone's For You, 9-, 1p, 45', bolts.
U. Chimney Route, 8, 1p, 45', gear.
V. Mettle Detector, 11- R, 1p, 45', gear.
W. Handcrack, 8, 1p, 45', gear.
X. Unknown F, 7, 1p, 45', gear.
Y. Al & Mike's Frosty Little Adventure, 8, 1p, 45', gear.
Z. Baby Beeper, 10-, 1p, bolts.
AAZ. Sinister Minister, 11+, 1p, TR.
BB. Rope Trick, 10+, 1p, bolts.
CC. The Delegate, 10, 1p, 50', bolts.
DD. Chubsy, 8, 1p, 50', gear or TR.

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Weather station 3.0 miles from here

31 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Risk Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Risk Area:
Handcrack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   
The Perfect 10   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   
Not   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
The Delegate   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Maroon - Unknown. Blue - The Perfect 10. Light Gre...

Risk of Injection 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a CO : Golden : ... : The Risk Area
The first bolt is set high and protects a burly crux boulder problem. After somebody removed the hanger from it in the early 90s, the route didn't get climbed much. The hanger was replaced by Alan Nelson in 2001. The climb is ridiculously short, but packs a wallop. It merits an "S" protection rating, because the first bolt is the only thing between you and the ground, while the second bolt is difficult to clip. Without a cool head and an alert belayer, there is potential for a slab-slapping...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: Baby Beeper is the route with the rope on it.
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By Anonymous Coward
Oct 5, 2003
Someone went around stealing hangers off a lot of the routes I put up or helped put up (Big Red Catcher's Mitt, Sinister Minister of Evil, etc.). What the hell? I suspect some had problems with the sudden proliferation of bolts. These routes were never meant to be wonderful, just momentary winter diversions (we thought the stench from Coors would be enough to drive away most of the crowds). My thanks to Alan for replacing the hanger on Risk.

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