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Higher Security Risk

Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Security Risk Massif
Access Issue: Seasonal Closure / 2020 Update Details

Description

Higher Security Risk is just up the hill from Upper Security Risk. Higher is higher than upper. The right side is a nice steep "slab" with a couple of short sport routes that follow thin cracks and flakes. There are a few more sport routes further left. Higher gets a little more sun than Upper.

There have been eagle nesting closures which have limited access to this crag in the Feb. 1 - July 31 timeframe.

L->R:

A. Gimme 3 Steps, 11-, 1p, 60', gear & bolts.
B. Evolution, 11, 1p, 60', bolts.
B1. Cold Shot 11-, 1p, 60', bolts.
C. Turmoil, 11+, 1p, 60', bolts.

Getting There

Start as for Happy Hour Crag. After a few minutes, when the Happy Hour trail goes left, continue up a trail, marked with a few cairns, past Lower and Upper Security Risk. Higher Security Risk is about one minute uphill from the left side of Upper Security Risk.

Routes from Left to Right

5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 6
Gimme 3 Steps
Trad, Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 19
Evolution
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 42
Cold Shot
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 13
Turmoil
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gimme 3 Steps
 6
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Evolution
 19
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Cold Shot
 42
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Turmoil
 13
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport

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Higher Security Risk.
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Tom at the second crux getting into the pod on evolution.<br>
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Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
[Hide Comment] Forest Service Reopens Climbing Areas in Boulder Canyon
fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/
Contact: Maribeth Pecotte, (303) 541-2500

Boulder, Colo. (April 2, 2010) – The Forest Service has reopened some climbing areas in Boulder Canyon that were closed to protect golden eagles during their nesting season.

Security Risk and the Blob Rock/Bitty Buttress areas are now open to climbing and other activities. These areas are located along State Highway 119, approximately 1.5 miles east of Boulder Falls.

These closures help protect a long-established golden eagle nesting territory, including valuable alternate nest sites. Although these areas are being reopened, the Forest Service anticipates reinstating the closures in future years, to allow the eagles to choose their nest site without being disturbed.

The Eagle Rock area remains closed to climbing and other activities and is expected to remain closed through July 31. Signs will be posted at key access points into the areas remaining closed. Volunteers and Forest Service personnel will continue to monitor the areas.
For the most current closure information, check signs in the areas, or visit the Boulder Ranger District web site at fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/recreatio…. Apr 8, 2010