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Routes in The Arena (aka Contender Wall)

Contender Direct S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
First Round S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pornucopia T,S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Standing Eight Count S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Sucker Punch S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13

Description

This is a nice "after work" or "lunchtime" crag, as it's not too far up the Canyon, has a short approach, and all of the routes are short. Rossiter calls this crag 'The Arena' in his Boulder Canyon book, and Rolofson calls it 'Contender Wall' in the Sport Climbers' Guide.

There are five routes, from left to right, that go at:

A. Sucker Punch, 11+, 1p, 20', bolts.
B. Standing Eight Count, 11, 1p, 40', bolts.
CD. Contender Direct, 11, 1p, 50', bolts.
D. Contender?, 12a, 1p, 70', bolts & gear.
ED. Pornucopia, 12, 1p, 45', gear & bolts.
F. First Round, 10, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.

All are bolted and on vertical granite with crimpy, incut holds. No slab climbing here!
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Getting There

As per Rolofson: Drive up the Canyon 6.3 miles (I think he says 6.2) from the intersection of Canyon and Arapahoe, and pass Eagle Rock on your left. Immediately after passing Eagle Rock, the other side of the road is a steep, rocky hillside that faces south. Up the hillside there is a small but obvious wall with orange lichen and a dark grey water streak on it. This is the Arena/Contender Wall.

Park immediately on the right, or continue around the bend and find a small pullout on the right, and walk back. Cob Rock and Bitty Buttress are just beyond.

Scramble through loose talus and past many tiny cacti, and find an incipient trail that approaches the crag from climber's right. Follow your nose and cut back to the left, scramble onto a ledge, and you will be at the bottom of the crag. The base is steep and sloping, but a few gear placements abound for belayers. Soak up the sun and start pullin!

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Rich C  
A. Sucker Punch?, mid 11 climbing to tough dyno to the anchors... easily cheated through. Insecure second clip.

B. Standing Eight Count, easy 11 with GREAT sequence...classic if it was longer.

C. Contender Direct?, easy 11 great holds, great sequence if only it was longer as well.

D. Contender?, lichen/ choss.

E. First Round, mid 10. If you don't overgrip the incut crimps, it's an ok warm up. No real need for gear. Easy top, clean fall. Apr 8, 2011
micfoto  
When Scott Harris, Dave Cardoza, and Mic Fairchild originally bolted and climbed Contender and Contender Direct, the crag was named 'The Arena'. Check out the original topo at Neptune's. Oct 22, 2007

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