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The Whale's Tail

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L to R R to L Alpha
Ahab T 
Amputee Love T 
Buffoon T 
C'est What? S 
Clementine T 
Dihedral One T 
Dihedral Two T 
East Slabs T 
Finger Crack T 
Free Speech S 
Gumbo T 
Gut Feeling T 
Horangutan T 
Jack The Ripper T 
Jim Crack T 
Kid's Climb T 
Left Arete T 
M aka The Divine Ms. M T 
Martindale T 
Monument, The S 
NED (Nothing Except Dynamics) T 
New Cambria T,TR 
No Problem T 
Northeast Arete T 
Second Coming S,TR 
Spoof T 
Spoof Roof T 
West Crack T,TR 
West Dihedral T,TR 
West Face [Whale's Tail] T,TR 
Yorkshire Ripper, The T 

The Whale's Tail Rock Climbing 


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Location: 39.9312, -105.283 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Many routes exist on this little rock. Some of the easiest slab routes in the canyon and some difficult lines often toproped.

Getting There 

Cross the bridge--it's basically right off the trail to the West next to Redgarden and across from the Bastille.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.1 miles from here

31 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',10],['5.7',1],['5.8',4],['5.9',4],['5.10',4],['5.11',3],['5.12',5],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Whale's Tail

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Whale's Tail:
West Crack   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 160'   
West Dihedral   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
West Face [Whale's Tail]   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b X     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
New Cambria   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
Jack The Ripper   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a X     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
C'est What?   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Free Speech   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
NED (Nothing Except Dynamics)   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
The Monument   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Jack The Ripper 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Whale's Tail
The route is the dihedral to the center of the diamond-shaped roof of the Whale's Tail, just left of C'est What? The route traverses out right under the roof to finish up on top, which is super steep and exciting. In term of LEADING routes, this is my most frequented route in Eldo. I've done it about a dozen times and I still enjoy it at the end of a day when not much time is left. Plus, it never has a queue! One must be SOLID at the grade....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Whale's Tail from across the river.
The Whale's Tail from across the river.
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By Matt Rutledge
Jan 11, 2002
This is a great rock for people who want to get into leading. The crack numbered (1) goes about 5.2 with pro placements at about every move. The crack numbered (3) goes about 5.4 with even more pro placements than the other crack. Both anchors are solid, and can be backed up if so desired. The face (2) is easily TR'd from the anchor for the first crack. It goes about 5.easy.

I think the crux of this entire face is getting to the belay ledge.

Oh. A 60m rope is really nice to have for raping off the anchors on the first crack. I've had bad luck getting ropes stuck on this one, so stand as far to climbers right as you can when pulling the ropes.
By DanMoore
Nov 24, 2003
Getting to the base of the west face of this rock is a bit hairy. It's not that you're afraid of falling, it's just that the ground is so far away.
By Anonymous Coward
Jun 12, 2004
I've felt for many years that the ratings are backwards. That the left crack is 5.2 with some 5.4 moves while the curving corner to the right is almost class 4 with some 5.2 moves to exit to the anchor. Any other comments?
By Mike Abraham
May 25, 2005
I kind of agree with the comment that the crack (#1 in the photo) seems harder than the corner (#3 in the photo). I think the crack just seems steeper, and is definitely longer. The corner has only the one move to get around the flake. So I guess I give 'em each a 5.3 to even it out. No matter how you slice it, they're both terrific routes, no matter how good you are.
By Benjamn P
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 16, 2015
LOST GEAR: my girlfriend borrowed my rack & got a cam stuck on 3/15/15. See 'West Crack' for description.
By Rachel Harkleroad
Aug 8, 2016
I left a tricam on a ledge leading up to West Dihedral. Please contact me if you are able to retrieve it!

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