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Alaskan Tanning Booth S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Ambush in the Night S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Buffalo Soldier S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Burnin' Daylight S 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Cowboy Gibberish S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Cowboy Poetry S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Cowboys Don't Shoot Straight S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Devil Wears Latex, The S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Drove Hard and Put Up Quick S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Ella's Pony Ride S 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Honed on the Range S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
How The West Was Won S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Princess and the Playmate S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
SideWinder S 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Slapping Leather S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Sleeping Thunder S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Take Your Hat Off S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Testosterone Alfresco S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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One of the best sections of climbing at Wild Iris.

This crag is taller than many of the Wild Iris walls, and generally splits into two tiers. The lower tier is vertical to slightly overhanging, and is roughly 60 to 70 feet tall. Then the second tier is a big steep bulge that extends another 20 feet or so above.

Routes have been put in here in a generally smart way, with anchors at the top of the first tier, and then route extensions to the top of the second tier. So there are plenty of easier options that go 5.10 or 5.11 up to the first anchors and then offer 5.12 and 5.13 extensions to the top.

A few classics include Cowboy Poetry (11b to the first anchor or 12b to the second), Take your Hat Off (10b), and its hard extension Boy (13a).

Gets lots and lots of sun, pretty much all day.

Getting There

From the parking lot, take the first rightward trending trail down the hill (well marked with a sign). Total walk is about a half mile. This trail deposits you at the base of Cowboy Poetry.

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Morrison, CO
Monomaniac   Morrison, CO  
Unfortunately some coward chopped "Cowboys Don't Shoot Straight", which used to be the 2nd route right of "Take Your Hat Off". It can still be TR'd. See route description for details. Sep 12, 2009
J. Albers
J. Albers   Colorado
Does anyone know what happened with the chopping? This is an OLD route, early 90's, by an original developer for the area, thus it is hard to imagine a justification for this.

I know a guy who is doing some retro-bolt work at the Iris, but he is a long time local with generous consensus amongst the community. I guess it might be possible that this was a retrobolted route that someone else took issue with and then chopped.

Cowardly indeed. Oct 25, 2009
Morrison, CO
Monomaniac   Morrison, CO  
I was told by a prominent local friend of mine that the infamous Alf has been known to chop routes at the Iris. My source didn't know if Alf did the job on this route specifically. I think the community would support replacing the bolts, but its not a high priority for locals. Oct 25, 2009
is this the same alf that has no problem etching route names into the wall at IC? Oct 26, 2009
Josh Kornish
Josh Kornish
Alf claimed that he chopped routes that he put up after a guidebook came out giving new names to his routes that were slanderous and disrespectful.

Say what you will about Alf but the author of the said guidebook was completely in the wrong.

Hopefully these routes will be retrobolted in the future. Sep 11, 2014

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