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Aqua Man TR 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Aqualad V3 6A
Cohen's Crown T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Flexible Flyer T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Flexible Variation T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Snake Dance T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Unknown S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Whirlpool Arete V7 7A+
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Description

This cliff is a little gem above the well-known delinquent-teen (among others) cliff jumping hotspot "The Devil's Punchbowl." Cool spot, couple hundred yards past Passwalls on the left(if driving from Aspen). Exquisite trad & mixed routes, weird, funky route-finding, Steep! Beautiful boulder problem in the talus field below the crag, high-start arete.

Highlights include Cohen's Crown (9) on the left-center, starting up the gaping chimney, and Flexible Flyer (10c?) just right of the prow. Amazing climb! Beautiful corner with "interesting" gear through a few roofs, to a sexy black headwall with a single bolt. Friggin excellent. Flying Dutchman (11c) is really good too, especially with the bouldery jump-start just left of Flexible. Enjoy!

This cliff is steep and beautiful, with hard to find gear instead of the usual tedious bolt-ladders.

Getting There

Park at the devil's Punchbowl, and punch it across the road and up to the swirly shields of Whirlpool Rock towering obviously above. 5 minute approach.

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