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West Ridge - part A - Verschneidung to base

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Clean Freak 
Crow's Landing 
Earnest Stemmingway 
Ernest Extended Way 
Exterminator, The 
Farmer's Wife, The 
First Unknown 
Flyback 
Foaming Cleanser 
Initial Hangover 
Initial Route 
Jam Con 
Kickin' Chicken 
Leg of Ilg 
Mineral Maze 
Morning Thunder 
Odarodle 
Office Girls Walk The Plank 
Party Pooper 
Pork Chop 
Quo Vadis 
Ranger Danger 
Roadside Attraction 
Runsholl Scrunch 
Shot and Chaser 
Sleepytime 
Something Blue 
Stepping Stones 
Super Scooper 
Territorial Integrity 
Thunderbolts From Hell 
Thunderworld 
Up the Downclimb 
Verschneidung 
Water Line 
Wild Turkey 
Wingshot 
Wishbone 

West Ridge - part A - Verschneidung to base 


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Description 

This section is the lowest section of The West Ridge. It is extends from the waterline/base of the ridge to arbitrarily Verschneidung. Certainly, this is the least famous of the sections of The West Ridge. Consequently, lines are generally shorter here. Access is quicker as well. Descents off the backside/E face, if you top out, are quicker, too.

This section of the ridge appears to contain the earliest route done on the ridge, Initial Route, 5.8, by none other than the then-climbing-omnivore Layton Kor with Herb Swedlund, in 1963.

While there may be no top-one hundred in Eldorado Canyon SP here, still there are some pleasant lines here. You may note that most of the routes listed here (to the left) for this section are in the 0-1 star range. Still, you may enjoy: the mini-classic Verschneidung, 5.7; the spicy Allosaur, 5.9 s; the short but energizing Morning Thunder, 5.9+; the strenuous Wing Shot, 5.11b; the invigorating Wild Turkey, 5.11c/d s; the once test-piece Office Girls Walk the Plank, 5.12d; among others.

This is a place to savor the less-frequented side of Eldorado.


Getting There 

Approach is dependent upon the depth of the creek, the parking available, and your desires for the day. You can approach this section of the ridge by parking at the Milton Boulder, wade the stream or boulder hop (Aug-ish to May-ish) to the base of the ridge and ascend. Or, you can approach by parking at the E end of the park, cross the bridge, hike on the trail paralleling the creek, and traverse the slippery 3rd class ramp around to the base of the West Ridge. Note, this last traverse is intimidating for small kids and particularly green partners. Then, you hike along the trail at the base of the W face of the West Ridge to your desired route.

Enjoy!


43 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Ridge - part A - Verschneidung to base:
Verschneidung   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Allosaur   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R     Trad, 3 pitches   
Morning Thunder   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Wingshot   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Wishbone   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Wild Turkey   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Kickin' Chicken   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Thunderbolts From Hell   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Awesome climbing on Wild Turkey, photo: Bob Horan.

Wild Turkey 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a  CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : West Ridge - part A - Versc...
Wild Turkey climbs up the face and overhanging arÍte to the right of Wingshot in the alcove area. The route is high quality, challenging climbing with modern quality bolted protection, and spectacular position above the creek. The route gets good sun all winter, though its frequently very windy. Scramble up to the alcove area from near the boulder traverse along the trail and to the base of Blues Power and Wingshot. Follow the break to the right below the blocky magenta band at the start of wi...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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