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Routes in Continental Crag

Bonsai T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
Continental Breakfast T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Continental Drift T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Continental Soldier T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Cougar Bait T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Fuzzy Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Last, But Not Least T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
On-Slot T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Pangaea T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Plate Tectonics T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Primal Scream T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Rift Of Consciousness T,TR 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
River of Deceit T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
Welcome to Eldo T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Whatever Pops Up Next T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Whymper T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Elevation: 6,599 ft
GPS: 39.928, -105.287 Google Map · Climbing Map
Page Views: 5,222 total, 27/month
Shared By: Tony B on Apr 20, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Continental Crag is another "wilderness setting" within Eldorado canyon. It is a place where you can go and climb, and count on being alone. In all of my time in Eldo, I have never witnessed another party there. There is a string of crags upward in elevation on the South side, extending up in elevation, from Lower Peanuts Wall, to Upper Peanuts Wall, to Continental Crag. Continental Crag is the highest in the string, and while quite wide, is not terribly tall, as the bottom of the formation is not very good. The upper section, particularly of the Southwest end, however, is quite good. Despite its size and solid rock, perhaps due to the longer approach and lack of development or protection, it does not see much traffic, even on holiday weekends. The setting is a nice, and somewhat unique, perhaps due to the combination of its North by Northwest aspect and its relatively high elevation. From a distance, at almost any angle, the dihedrals and roofs of Continental Crag are obvious. Many went for years without ascents and have only recently been attempted or climbed. Continental Crag faces Northwest and gathers light later in the day. The sun rarely breaches the face in the winter, and snow collects and remains at the base well into the spring months. The climbs mostly involve moderate to hard, (but well protected) crack climbing, such as Paradise Lost (5.8), Plate Tectonics (5.9), Continental Drift (5.10d) or Primal Scream (5.11d). There is now some harder face climbing established between horizontals, such as Rift Of Consciousness, (a 5.11, S). None of these has or should be bolted, as they were lead from the ground up on trad gear. There is a fair amount of wide crack to be had, so if you hike all of the way up there, take a few larger pieces (up to #5 Camalot or a few big bros). Some recent development has resulted in some other new routes, such as Welcome to Eldo (5.10, OW)

Descent: To descend after climbing, S/SW (up the ridge and to the climber's right) to a fixed rap, or walk left down the ridge to below, in the notch between Upper Peanuts Wall and Continental Crag. This walk-off requires some easy scrambling, but like the crag in and of itself, is not a place for inexperienced climbers.
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Getting There

Approach as for Upper Peanuts Wall, but continue up the cliff line base until the crag is in full view. From the top 1/3 of the base, walk up and left on ledges and scramble to the base of the solid rock. This will put you just NorthEast (above) the start of Continental Drift, and Southwest (below) Primal Scream. This approach should take about 45 minutes.

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