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The Armory

Colorado > Golden > Clear Creek Canyon
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures & Rockfall Mitigation Project - Completed Details

Description

The Armory is sufficiently distinct from the other crags at Tunnel Six to warrant this separate listing. It is located just off the stream and directly across from the tunnel. There are really five distinct crags in the area with routes on them: Nomad's Cave is furthest west followed by, The Primo Wall, The Crystal Tower, The Armory, and a newly developed crag significantly uphill from the Armory called The Conspiracy Crag. The crags close to the water are separated from each other by clear drainages that define the crags. Presently there is a tyrolean strung directly to the Armory that serves for all of the crags in this local. There are half a dozen routes at the Armory, most bolted, and most are largely difficult- 5.11+ or harder. There is also a burly trad line here as well.

Getting There

Whatever approach you use to get to Primo or the Crystal Tower will work. The tyrolean is located 100 yards east of the parking.

L->R:

A. Handicapable, 12, 1p, 40', bolts.
B. Off the Couch, 10, 1p, 50', bolts.
C? The Diggler, 11+, 1p, 35', bolts.
D. Bar Stangle Spanner, 12, TR.
E. Shield of Fate, 1p, TR.
F1. Siberian Express, 14?, 1p, 65', bolts.
F2. The Overhangover, 13-, 1p, 65', bolts.
F3. The Gauntlet, 12+, 1p, 65', bolts.
G1. Knight Walker, 14-, 1p, 50', bolts.
G2. Fission aka Ken T'ank, 12, 1p, 50', bolts.
HG. Ken T'ank Low Start, 12+, 1p, 70', bolts.
I. I Don't Know What It's Called, I Just Know The Sound It Makes When It Takes A Man's Life (aka Beretta), 14, 1p, 40', bolts.
J. Fully Automatic, 12+, 1p, 50', gear & bolts.
K. Semi -Automatic, 11, 1p, 50', gear.

Routes from Left to Right

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Look at the newly installed mount to the tyrolean to get over to the Armory. It even has OSHA approved non-slip tape on the steps! Good job.
[Hide Photo] Look at the newly installed mount to the tyrolean to get over to the Armory. It even has OSHA approved non-slip tape on the steps! Good job.
Most of The Armory from across the river.  There are 3 more routes (Handicapable, Off the Couch, and The Diggler) out of the left edge of the frame, and Ken T'ank is obscured by the right pine tree.
[Hide Photo] Most of The Armory from across the river. There are 3 more routes (Handicapable, Off the Couch, and The Diggler) out of the left edge of the frame, and Ken T'ank is obscured by the right pine tree.
The Armory tyrol on 5/23/11.
[Hide Photo] The Armory tyrol on 5/23/11.
Tyrol!
[Hide Photo] Tyrol!
Jason on "Ken Tanks" just after a broken foot!!  Killer!!
[Hide Photo] Jason on "Ken Tanks" just after a broken foot!! Killer!!
Luke Childers on-sighting "Ken T'anks at the "Armory."
[Hide Photo] Luke Childers on-sighting "Ken T'anks at the "Armory."

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crauschville
[Hide Comment] Admins: Route sorting for this area is a little out of order. The Diggler belongs on the far left, and Semi-Automatic belongs on the far right. Oct 4, 2012
Jay Samuelson
Denver CO
[Hide Comment] To whomever installed the ladder at the tyrolean, thanks for the efforts! Makes it super easy to access now, but I'm wondering why you took down my static line for the tyrol and replaced it with dynamic? Was the line bad? I'd like to get my line back if it's not going to be used. Aug 4, 2015
Ryan Gajewski
Longmont, Co.
[Hide Comment] Hey Jay, so that was me who replaced the tyrolean. I used dynamic, because I am still trying to get my hands on a semi-static line. I have a few friends in the area looking for me, and I am guessing you haven't been across the line in a while, the black rope had completely de-sheathed in the middle of the line, about 15 ft long, and the white line was splitting around the tree. Upon further inspection, I found that the sheath was almost completely worn through on the top side of the black line, and most of the white line was showing core as well. Long story short, I wouldn't hang my clothes on that line, let alone trust it to hold crowds of people crossing. The dynamic lines are a temporary fix until I install the static lines. That being said, if anyone has static lines they are willing to donate, I will be happy to do the labor to install them!

Ryan Aug 8, 2015
Ryan Gajewski
Longmont, Co.
[Hide Comment] Oh and as far as the old lines - sorry, man, but they are long trashed, those lines were about as haggard as it got, and I didn't want anyone considering using them for ANYTHING. Honestly, they should have been replaced a year ago or more. Since no one had been maintaining them, I did think they would be missed. Sorry, dude, trust me you wouldn't have wanted them anyways. Aug 8, 2015
Jay Samuelson
Denver CO
[Hide Comment] No worries, Ryan, thanks for all your effort out there! Aug 10, 2015
SCherry
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Lost a set of keys (with an automatic lock/unlock device) at Primo or the Armory yesterday (2/21/17). If anyone finds them, please let me know. Thanks! Feb 22, 2017
[Hide Comment] Found a down jacket, wind breaker, and a Grigri at the base of Ken T'anks last night. If this is yours, email me, and I can get them back to you. jmhauck88@gmail.com Aug 10, 2017
[Hide Comment] Lost a Scarpa Booster shoe yesterday. If you find it, let me know! Nov 12, 2017
[Hide Comment] Anyone know why the tyro ladder was taken down? Apr 30, 2018
[Hide Comment] We'll get to the bottom of this eventually, Rick. May 3, 2018