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Across Enemy Lines T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Arkansas Patriot (aka Wonderin' Where the Lions Are) T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Battle Fatigue T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Battle of Evermore T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Battle of the Bulge (suggested name) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Blood for Oil S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Camouflage T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c R
Diagonal T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Eight Clicks to Saigon T,S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Front Lines T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
GI Joe Does Barbie T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Kasserine Pass T,S 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c R
Lizzard Warrior S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Monkey Lust T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
No More War T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Nobody Here But Us Chickens S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a X
Nuclear Polka T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Old Bolt Route T,S 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c PG13
Pearl Harbor T,S,TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Rambo Santa S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Saigon to Pearl Harbor T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Stronghold T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
Tree Roof T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unknown 1 T,S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Unknown 2 T,S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Unknown 3 T,S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Unknown 4 T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Description

This south-facing 250-foot crag is a perfect spot to spend a day in the sun. With great quality granite, Combat Rock offers an assortment of discontinuous cracks, friction on the slabs, and a few roofs to jug over. Combat Rock would also be a great place to combine in a trip to Lumpy or anywhere else in the RMNP, since it's located between Loveland and Estes Park just outside the Big Thompson Canyon. It's not far off of Hwy 34, has a short approach, and consists of mainly one and two-pitch climbs, so the crag can easily be hit in the morning or late afternoon for a few hours. You need to be creative with the protection here. Other than the bolted faces, the flaring cracks can be difficult to get a good piece in. You will only need a small rack, consisting mainly of wired stoppers, CAMP tri-cams, and small cams up to a #1 camalot or #2 friend. There are a couple of routes, such as the second pitch of Diagonal, that you will need a couple of #2 camalots for the fist jams. It's also a good idea to bring two ropes, as most of the rappels are around 150 feet if you continue past the first pitch. There is walk-off descent, but it's definitely a hassle and takes longer than a couple back-to-back rappels.

Getting There

From Denver - Take I-25 north to the Loveland exit. Head west on US 34 (Eisenhower Blvd in Loveland) for about 17 miles through the Big Thompson Canyon. Exit at the intersection of Drake and take a right onto Devil's Gulch Road. After a half mile, take another right onto Cedar Park Rd which is labeled "Forest Access." Follow the dirt road through some steep switchbacks for about a mile until Combat Rock is very apparent across the gulch. There's plenty of parking at a pulloff on the north side of the road. From the road, follow a path down into the gulch and up the other side directly to the base of the crag. Only about a 10-minute approach.

From Boulder - Take the Diagonal CO Hwy 119 to Longmont and head north on Main St, which turns into US Hwy 287. The Hwy will make an abrupt 90-degree right turn to the east at the Carter Lake turnoff in the town of Berthoud. I think the easiest way is to take your first left at the light and head north on Country Rd 7. This heads straight into Loveland where you can take your left on Eisenhower Dr (US 34) and follow into the mountains.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Combat Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Rambo Santa
Sport
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c PG13
Old Bolt Route
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Tree Roof
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Diagonal
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
GI Joe Does Barbie
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
No More War
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Arkansas Patriot (aka Wonderin' Where…
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Nuclear Polka
Trad 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Saigon to Pearl Harbor
Trad 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Lizzard Warrior
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Pearl Harbor
Trad, Sport, TR 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Eight Clicks to Saigon
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Unknown 4
Trad, Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Across Enemy Lines
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Blood for Oil
Sport 2 pitches
Rambo Santa 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Old Bolt Route 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c PG13 Trad, Sport
Tree Roof 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Diagonal 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
GI Joe Does Barbie 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
No More War 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Arkansas Patriot (aka Wonde… 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Nuclear Polka 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Saigon to Pearl Harbor 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 2 pitches
Lizzard Warrior 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Pearl Harbor 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport, TR 2 pitches
Eight Clicks to Saigon 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Unknown 4 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Across Enemy Lines 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Blood for Oil 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport 2 pitches
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There is climbing on the rock across the gully. In 1993, Ned Sparks and I climbed a trad route (5.7) near the center of the face. There are some old bolts on the slabby faces as well. It is unknown who put them there or what the route is rated. May 3, 2015
Bill M
Fort Collins, CO
Bill M   Fort Collins, CO
Is there climbing on the large wall to the climber's left of Combat Rock? It is on the other side of the drainage. I can't find any reference in MP which make me think it is either on private property or too low angle. Mar 29, 2015
Patrick Kehoe
Fort Collins
Patrick Kehoe   Fort Collins
Beware of topo for Combat Rock on this site. There's a bunch of errors. The routes posted seem to be fine, but the picture with routes and bolts drawn in isn't good. Aug 18, 2013
Who was climbing at Combat on Tues. May 21st 2013 from Boulder? You were just leaving as we arrived and you just climbed the Diagonal.... Might want to get in touch!

Eric May 22, 2013
Greg Sievers
Bozeman, MT
Greg Sievers   Bozeman, MT
Just climbed 2 of the new routes right of Monkey Lust yesterday.
Good job, guys (saw you there a couple months ago working on it),
but just a word of caution: the bolt 3' right of the hand crack/#3cam placement might be getting a bit close for other smack talk.
But thanks for expanding the crag opportunities here.
We enjoyed it. May 17, 2011
Tanner Mitchell
Fort Collins CO
Tanner Mitchell   Fort Collins CO
Is there any information on those lines up the hill from Monkey Lust? I climbed what must have been the center route back in August and today - goes up through the blocks to a small tree with an old pin in it. Then up the nice finger/thin hand crack that peters out at a bulge with 2 bolts above. It finishes by taking two parallel seams to the 2-bolt anchor. 5.8 maybe.

I didn't have anything other than a nut tool to clean it, but will definitely bring stuff next time - should be a nice route once the cracks and flaky crap comes out. Apr 11, 2010
Will the folks that cleaned and did the 3 new lines right of Monkey finish it to the top? Good stuff. Mar 7, 2010
Wes B.  
Left of 'Patriot' there's a really cool lieback crack that runs up to a small roof and then traverses right along a large flake to 'Patriots' anchor. It's a fun route and I'd guess it went about 5.8. Anyone know the name/rating of this? Sep 14, 2009
Depends on what part of the slab you are on. Been 3 or 4 years since I TR'd the rock, but I remember the harder routes (mostly center and right center) had very spotty gear. Aug 16, 2009
Tanner Mitchell
Fort Collins CO
Tanner Mitchell   Fort Collins CO
Allen,
To your comment about the slab just off of the creek - do you know which lines are rated what? I took a picture if you wanted to draw lines on it. I saw a 2-bolt anchor at the top and wondered if all routes ended there. You said you toproped a few - does the rock not take gear well? Aug 9, 2009
denise 911
fort collins, co
denise 911   fort collins, co
New anchors at the top of Arkansas Patriot - There's also a new set of anchors just to the left of the Arkansas Patriot anchors. New trad line?? Anybody know anything? Jun 24, 2009
Allen - not sure who installed the anchors and bolted route, though I top roped a line that followed cracks for the most part in that sector of the cliff several years ago, and cleaned out a few cracks in the process. I never felt compelled to return to do the work necessary to transform it into an attractive route. Nov 8, 2008
There are apparantly 3 new routes on the far upper right side of Combat, just right of Monkey Lust. I put in an anchor 6 weeks ago with the intent on placing some bolts on a new route. When I went back last week to finish the project, a new bolted line was in place left of my imagined line as well as two crack climbs, one right and one left. There are two new sets of anchors half way up the two crack lines. I pulled my mid face anchor that was 20 feet above one of the new anchors feeling that bolting my line at this point would seem contrived. I did (prior to discovering the new lines) place a two bolt anchor at the very top (160 feet) near a tree with slings on it. I have left it in place as an alternate rappel. The new routes look nice and I cant wait to jump on them.
Anyone want to own up to them, name them, and rate them??? Allen Nov 8, 2008
Eran Shileikis
Dysfunctional, CO
Eran Shileikis   Dysfunctional, CO
Bring very small cams w/ you when you climb here. I found several cracks where I could have placed a nice blue or black Alien (Metolius: #00 or #0, or C3: #0, #00). Too bad I didn't have any - DOH!!

Also, this is an excellent place to climb during warm winter spells (~50 deg F), as it is South Facing. Feb 19, 2007
Within the last year I've noticed that an increasing number of carcasses and entrails have been dumped at or near the parking area for Combat rock. What is up with this, anyone? Dec 20, 2004
Does anyone know anything about the ridge of rock across the road and up hill from the parking area? There are some bolted routes there and I have top roped some stuff as well as some boulder problems. Some of it looks good Also, The [slabby] face with the severe over hangs south across the gully has an old bolt in it on a route and I put up a route there back in 1994. We always called it [Pacifist Rock] in contrast to [Combat Rock]. It has some potential. Lastly, the slabs at the bottom of the gully as you approach combat provide some fun top ropine, everything from 5.6 to a tricky 5.11 slick slate start. Nov 6, 2004
Squid  
Just rebolt it..... I am sure whoever first put up the route will not be too worried about it, since you are making the route a bit safer with updated hardware. Aug 19, 2004
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
Thanks, John! Aug 19, 2003
Mike,

Craig Luebben probably put it up. If not, he'll know who did. He lives in Golden. I believe and can probably be reached through the Colorado Mountain School, the AMGA, or Climbing Magazine.

Cheers, John Aug 7, 2003
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
Does anyone know who put up the route "DMZ"? I would like to get permission to re-bolt the route with modern hardware, as the current 1/4" Leepers are in bad shape. Thanks in advance. Jun 20, 2003

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