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Routes in Nebel Horn Ridge

"Space Invaders" to "Shot" T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b X
A Quickie S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Death Block Chimney T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
False Gods, Real Men T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Grand Theft Auto? T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Jennifer's Crack T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Nebel End T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Nebel Via T 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
One In The Chamber T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Over The Rainbow T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Rads For Rookies S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Rainbow Bridge T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Ruby Slipper T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Scarecrow T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Violator S 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
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A trip to Nebel Horn Ridge will require a sense of adventure and good stamina on the long hike in, but climbers will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful spots in all of Boulder in which to spend a day at the crag. The setting is idyllic, gentle, colorful, and save for the sounds of hikers on the Fern Canyon trail, quiet.

Nebel Horn Ridge is the southern strata in a larger group that consists of the Goose to the north and the East Ridge in the middle. Nebel Horn Ridge itself is made up of a series of steps, Pellaea at the base, Onoclea next and Nebel Horn Ridge proper at the top.

Getting There

Nebel Horn Ridge makes up the right (north) margin of Fern Canyon, and can be reached by following the Fern Canyon Trail. Once past Superfresh (the overhanging bolted arete) the Fern Canyon trail goes past the base of the East Ridge. Continue on Fern Canyon Trail passing next the base of the Nebel Horn Ridge. Hike up until it is possible to traverse right to the base of the crag (a faint trail leaves from behind a Wildlife Closure Sign).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Nebel Horn Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Rads For Rookies
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Rainbow Bridge
Trad, Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
False Gods, Real Men
Trad, Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Ruby Slipper
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rads For Rookies
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Rainbow Bridge
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
False Gods, Real Men
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Ruby Slipper
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
Anyone have any info on the actual position of "Shot" or "Space Invaders" ??? Is the first pitch of Violator really just Shot, but retobolted ??? Rossiter's topo and photo are in disagreement and also do not match the text descriptions. So, there must be errors, but what is in fact correct? There are 3 lines up there and only 2 routes... As I did what I thought to be "Space Invaders" was pretty hard and pretty runout. Anyone else? Oct 9, 2006

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