Elevation: 6,313 ft
GPS: 40.001, -105.296 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Patrick Vernon on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

Flagstaff Mountain is the local bouldering area. This place has quite a history, and despite the fact that it is no Hueco Tanks, there are many historical and classic "moderate" problems. Flagstaff Mountain is a unique area in that the bouldering does not involve pushing yourself on the latest V9, but attempting moderate and historical problems that are sometimes a little scary and sandbagged. There are few beginner problems, and not a whole lot of world class problems, but tons to pander to the intermediate climber. There is quite a lot of climbing at Flagstaff. There are the central popular areas like the Monkey Traverse, Beer Barrel, Red Wall, Capstan, and Cloud Shadow areas, but also many outlying areas that give some relief from the afterwork crowds, these are the Candle area, Pumpkin Rock, and Upper area. Climbing at Flag has several prerequisites. The climbing tends to be powerful, and quite bold sometimes. The rock will quickly tear up your fingers because of its sandpaper consistency, yet feel greasy at the same time. I have always found the place particularly conductive to circuits, starting at the Upper area and working down to Pumpkin Rock, one can do around 100 problems in the V0-V5 range. One can conduct innumerable ciruits from these problems. Some good problems at Flag include Cloud Shadow Traverse (V2-V6), Hagan's Wall (V5), Consideration (V3), Monkey Traverse (V3, greasy and often too crowded), Pratts Mantle (V2), south arete of Beer Barrel (V0), Polling Pebble (V5), Tree Slab Traverse (V1), right side of Redwall (V4 very height dependant), King Conquerer (V2 scary!). Harder problems (which I have not done but are obviously classic), Just Right (V7), Undercling Traverse (V9), Hollow's Way (V8), Mongolian Cosmonaut (V8), Over Yourself (V10), Ooze Pig (V7), Trice (fifth class, I believe it has still never been repeated since holloway did it in the '70s, and not for lack of trying).

Getting There

Take Baseline Road west, go up the hill trying to avoid the flashy bikers. There are several places to park. The Capstan is a 30' spire in the middle of a hairpin turn, one can park here or continue on to the first lot on the left after the Capstan, this will take you to the Monkey Traverse area or across the road to Red Wall. Another thing to mention is that Flag is within reasonable walking distance from CU, it is about 1.5 miles away from campus, yet I have made this walk innumerable times, it takes about a half hour and is highly enjoyable.

Stewardship

Please consider minimizing your impact when enjoying the area. There are already significant signs of erosion, plant trampling, etc. There have already been projects begun to repair the impacts with revegetation and soil restoration in the area. Remember that pads do have a significant impact on the flora. Do your best to ensure future access to this wonderful area!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Flagstaff

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V0 4
 225
Southwest Prow
Boulder
V1 5 R
 81
Y-Right
Boulder
V2 5+
 74
Big Overhang
Boulder
V2 5+
 78
The Pillar
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 93
Upper Y Traverse
Boulder
V4 6B
 144
The Consideration
Boulder
V4 6B
 231
The Monkey Traverse
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 115
Cloud Shadow Traverse
Boulder
V5 6C
 138
Hagan's Wall
Boulder
V5 6C
 83
Face Out
Boulder
V6 7A
 146
First Overhang
Boulder
V6 7A
 98
Curmudgeon
Boulder
V7 7A+
 72
Just Right
Boulder
V7 7A+
 156
Valhalla
Boulder
V8 7B
 71
The Trough Direct SDS
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Southwest Prow Beer Barrel Boulder
 225
V0 4 Boulder
Y-Right Upper Y Traverse
 81
V1 5 R Boulder
Big Overhang Overhang Wall
 74
V2 5+ Boulder
The Pillar Dark Side > Jim Hall Boulder
 78
V2 5+ Boulder
Upper Y Traverse Upper Y Traverse
 93
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
The Consideration Cloud Shadow
 144
V4 6B Boulder
The Monkey Traverse Monkey Traverse
 231
V4 6B Boulder
Cloud Shadow Traverse Cloud Shadow
 115
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
Hagan's Wall Cloud Shadow
 138
V5 6C Boulder
Face Out King Conquerer
 83
V5 6C Boulder
First Overhang First Overhang
 146
V6 7A Boulder
Curmudgeon Cloud Shadow
 98
V6 7A Boulder
Just Right Capstan
 72
V7 7A+ Boulder
Valhalla Dark Side > Incuts Overhang
 156
V7 7A+ Boulder
The Trough Direct SDS Capstan
 71
V8 7B Boulder
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