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The Beer Can sports four (one without hangers) bolted climbs, but the approach, long rappels and odd nature of the climbs gives the feeling of a full on trad adventure to the climber willing to seek this gem. For those who bring the rack, a 5.9 offwidth also awaits to round out the climbing. I found the two 5.10s, rated 10b and 10c in Rolofson's book, to be switched, the 10c felt 10b and the 10b felt 10c. Bring 14 draws, a 60 meter rope and the truth!

The three sport routes all lead to one set of anchors (three bolts) and begin at small belay stances; each stance is bolted. The approach is short, but I found no obvious route through the brambles, and a 3rd class scramble leads to the belays.


A. Beer Belly, 9+, 1p, 105', gear.
B. Hydraulic Sandwich, 10, 1p, 105', bolts.
C1. Cheap Swill?, 12+, 1p, 100', bolts?
C2. Icy Paralyzer, 11-, 1p, 105', bolts.
C3. Drink to Puke, 10, 1p, 105', bolts.

Getting There

Park as for the Boulderado and cross Boulder Creek. There is a Tyrolean here. Looking up stream the Beer Can is easily spotted: a large granite area capped by a smaller face of rock. Hike up through the brush and scramble the last 25 feet to the belay area.

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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Hydraulic Sandwich
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Hydraulic Sandwich
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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Ron Olsen
Boulder, CO
Ron Olsen   Boulder, CO
If you cross the creek by the upper end of the parking area across from the Boulderado, you'll find a trail angling up and right toward the left side of the Beer Can. Take this trail up to the rock, and scramble up to a small ledge with two bolted belay anchors. The left belay anchor is for Hydraulic Sandwich (10b); the right anchor is for Drink To Puke (10c) and Icy Paralyzer (11a). There's enough room on the ledge to stash your pack, but you may want to gear up below, since the ledge is quite exposed. Bring a 60-meter rope, 10 quickdraws, 5 extendable runners, something for the belay anchors, and something for the 3-bolt anchor at the top. The routes zig-zag, and doing them with only short quickdraws will cause severe rope drag. All three routes are well-protected and a lot of fun: two stars for clean rock, airy moves, and variety. Hydraulic Sandwich has 12 bolts, Drink To Puke has 14, and Icy Paralyzer has 15, all in 90 to 95 feet. Drink To Puke seemed easier than10c; perhaps 9+ or 10a; the ratings on the other routes seemed accurate. All three routes are well-described in Rossiter's and Rolofson's guidebooks. Aug 23, 2002
Ivan Rezucha
Fort Collins, CO
Ivan Rezucha   Fort Collins, CO
These routes are better, more sustained, and harder than most modern Boulder Canyon sport routes of a similar grade (eg, at Sleeping Beauty, Avalon, Plotinus, Bowling Alley).

Above the top anchors is a beer can wedged in a crack--Bud Lite. Is the crag named after the can, or was the can placed to let you know you are at the right crag? Aug 29, 2004
coop Best
Glenwood Springs, CO
coop Best   Glenwood Springs, CO
Fun climbs. The approach was a little full of poison ivy so be sure to rinse off in the river on your way back to the car. Watch your rope on those edges! Aug 9, 2005
Yesterday, no Tyrolean and no poison ivy. The previous poster may be confusing another shrub with PI. Sep 25, 2015