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Elevation: 10,221 ft
GPS: 37.98459, -107.70051
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Shared By: Malcolm Daly on Nov 29, 1999 · Updates
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When you get tired of the 100 foots pitches, the gaggle of classes, and all the telephoto lenses in the Uncompaghre Gorge, keep heading up the road to the beautiful lines that surround the Camp Bird Road. There's stuff for everybody here with easy and sunny lines like Chockstone Chimney and Slip Slidin' Away to mega classics like Birdbrain Boulevard. If it's cold you can climb in the sun, if the weather is moderate and your feelin' frisky, head into the shade and try Birdbrain.

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Starting looking down Camp Bird Mine Road:

A. Wake Up Call, M5+ R, 5p, 900', gear.

B. Tasty Talks, 8 M5 R, 8p, 1400', gear.

A. Hangover Helper, WI5, 1p, 110'.

Ribbon Area

A. Fall Creek, WI4, 1000'.

B. Out of the Mainstream, WI4-5, 1100'.

C. The Troutman/Rodent, M5 R, 5p, 800', gear.

D. Negligent Behavior, WI5- M6 R? 7p, 1000'.

E. Snow Blind Friend, Walk the Line? (submitted as Attractive Hazard), 10 WI4-5 M6, 8p, 1200', gear.

F. Walk Irene, Submitted as Goodnight Irene, M5-6 PG-13, 5p, 1000', gear.

G. Desperado , M6, 4p, 800', gear.

H. Rusty Cage, M7 PG-13, 5p, 800', bolts, pins, & gear.

I. Vulgar Display of Power, M6, 1p, 220', bolts & gear.

J. The Ribbon, WI4, 4p, 500'.

K. Birdbrain Boulevard, WI5 M5-6, 7p, 1100'.

L. Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It, IV 5.10 WI3 M6 R, 7p, 1300', gear.

M. Dirty Minds, 9 M6, 4p, 800', gear.

N. The House/Kennedy Chimney, M6 R, 5p, 800', gear.

O. Palm and Pray, IV 5.9+ M6 R, 6p, 800', gear

P. Mama Tried, III 5.8 M6 R, 4p, 600', gear

Q. Racing Stripe (Left), WI4 M4-5, 2p, 300', gear.

R. Racing Stripe (Right), WI5 M6, 4p, 800', gear.

Talisman area

S. O'Donnell Route, WI4, 2p, 225'.

T. The Demon, WI6 M7 variation.

UT. Hairy Devil, WI5+ M6-7, 3p, 400', pins, screws, gear.

W. The Talisman, WI6+ M7. 3p, 600'.

X Subterfuge, M6-7+, 3p, 400', screws, gear, & bolts.

Y. Camp Bird Mine Pillars, WI4-5, 100'.

Sneffels Creek Canyon Area

A. Scenic Cruise, WI4, 130'.

B. Sneffels Creek Sheet, WI4, 100'.

C. Sneffles Creek Pillar, WI5, 50'.

D. Potosi Peak Couloirs, WI4-5, 1000'.

Skylight area

A? Thin Slice, WI4-5, 2p, 300'.

B? 99 Problems, M5-, 1p, 50', gear.

C. Chockstone Chimney, WI3-4 R, 2p.

above B. Skillet's Revenge, WI4, 1p, 50'.

D. M7 Crack, M7, 1p, 110, gear.

E. Lola's Leap, M6-, 1p, 40', bolts.

F. Mile 4, M6, 1p, 30', bolts.

G. Paco's Chewy , M5+, 1p, 40', bolts.

H. Weak and the Weary, 8 M5+ R, 2p, 300', gear.

I. Chock Up Another One, WI3-4, 1p, 200'.

J. AC/DC, WI5+ M6, 200'.

K. M6 Corner, WI4+ M6, 2p, 200'.

L1. Slippery When Wet, WI4, 1-2p, 100'.

L2. Itchy When Dry, WI3 M6, 1p, 80', screws & bolts.

M. Heart of Darkness, WI5, 160'.

N. Thirteen, M5, 1p, 70', bolts.

O. Eighteen, M6-, 1p, 80', bolts.

P. Slip Slidin' Away, WI4, 2p, 200'.

Q. Shattered Dreams, WI5+ M8, 1p, 70'.

R. Fractured Fairytales, M6+, 1p, 100'.

S1. The Sky is Falling, M9+, 1p, 90'.

S2. Tourist Trap, WI4-5 M5, 1p, 80'.

T. Left Bolted Corner, M6-7, 1p, bolts.

U. Right Bolted Corner, M6-7, 2p, 180', bolts.

V or P1 of W? Another Climb, WI3-4, 100'.

W. Talisman Simulator, M5-6 PG-13, 2p, 200', gear & bolts.

X. Chopped Suey, 5.7 M4 WI4 PG-13, 1p, 160', gear & screws.

Y. Choppo's Chimney, WI4-5, 1p, 190'.

Z. Killer Pillar, WI5+ M5+ R, 1p, 160'.

AA? Czech Mate, M5, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.

BB? Czech Indirect, TR?

CC? Eitan Green Memorial, M6-7, 2p, 200', bolts & gear.

above. P2 of Drytool Corner, gear.

DD. The Hardest Mixed Climb in the World, M4, 1p, 50', bolts.

EE. Going Retro, M6, 1p, 50'.

FF. The Local Scoop, M9, 1p, 50'.

GG. The Skylight, WI5 M5, 3p, 300'.

HH. Dumpster Diver, M5, 1p, 55'.

II. Maid to Order, M7+, 1p, 60'.

JJ. Unknown, M7, .

KK. The Cleft, WI3, 1p, 200'.

LL. Road Warrior aka Duncan's Other Route, WI4-5 M6, 200'.

MM. Sans Nom, WI4 M5, 220'.

NN. Ass in Space, M8, 80'.

NN. Dirty Bird, WI3 M9-, 1p, 110', screws & bolts.

Poser's Lounge

A. Cavegina, M8+, 1p, 60'.

B. Troglodyte, M9, 1p, 100'.

C. Goldline, M10, 1p, 100'.

D. Fistful of Steel, M10, 1p, 100'.

E. Cinammon & Cider, M11, 1p.

F. Blood and Spit, M8 R, 2p, 250', gear.

G. Just Another Duncan Route aka Just Another Duncan Route, WI4-5 M6, 5p, 500', gear.

H. Senator Gulch, WI3-4, 1p, 100', open!

I. Weekhawken Creek, WI3-5.

Getting There

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Head South from town (Ouray) and turn off onto the Camp Bird Road within 1/2 mile. This road can be death so watch out. Most of the time the county plows it but when the avalanches are booming there's nothing to do but hang out at the Groundskeeper for a third round of 'spro or head to the Gorge. Follow the CB road to where it's usually closed at Senator Gulch. 1/2 mile of hiking up the moderate road will get you to the Skylight area. If you're heading to the Ribbon/Birdbrain area, drop down into the main drainage then contour up to the start of the routes. You did check the avalanche danger, didn't you? They just boom down from the collection basin directly above the Ribbon so if you didn't get recent conditions while in town, it's not a bad idea to hike up the road for a visual. At worst, you'll wast five minutes--at best, you'll save your life.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Camp Bird Road

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI5-6 M5+ R
Killer Pillar
Trad, Mixed, Ice
Slip Sliding Away
Trad, Ice 2 pitches
WI3-4 R
Chockstone Chimney
Trad, Ice 2 pitches
Slippery When Wet
Trad, Ice 2 pitches
WI4+ M4-5
Trad, Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
Choppo's Chimney (aka Chappo's C…
Trad, Ice
WI5 M5
Bird Brain Boulevard
Trad, Mixed, Ice 7 pitches
WI5-6 M6
The Talisman
Trad, Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
The Ribbon
Trad, Ice 4 pitches
WI5+ M8
Shattered Dreams
Mixed, Ice
Senator Gulch
WI5 M6
Racing Stripe (Right)
Trad, Mixed, Ice 4 pitches
M7 PG13
Rusty Cage
Trad, Mixed 5 pitches
Left Bolted Corner
Sport, Mixed
M5-6 PG13
Talisman Simulator
Trad, Mixed 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Killer Pillar
WI5-6 M5+ R Trad, Mixed, Ice
Slip Sliding Away
WI4- Trad, Ice 2 pitches
Chockstone Chimney
WI3-4 R Trad, Ice 2 pitches
Slippery When Wet
WI4 Trad, Ice 2 pitches
WI4+ M4-5 Trad, Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
Choppo's Chimney (aka Chapp…
WI4+ Trad, Ice
Bird Brain Boulevard
WI5 M5 Trad, Mixed, Ice 7 pitches
The Talisman
WI5-6 M6 Trad, Mixed, Ice 3 pitches
The Ribbon
WI4 Trad, Ice 4 pitches
Shattered Dreams
WI5+ M8 Mixed, Ice
Senator Gulch
WI3-4 Ice
Racing Stripe (Right)
WI5 M6 Trad, Mixed, Ice 4 pitches
Rusty Cage
M7 PG13 Trad, Mixed 5 pitches
Left Bolted Corner
M6-7 Sport, Mixed
Talisman Simulator
M5-6 PG13 Trad, Mixed 2 pitches
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