Elevation: 6,780 ft
GPS: 38.62, -105.237 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Monomaniac on Jun 5, 2007
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
Today
72°F - 43°F 22°C - 6°C
Memorial Day
69°F - 37°F 21°C - 3°C
Tue
59°F - 37°F 15°C - 3°C
Wed
57°F - 38°F 14°C - 3°C
Thu
65°F - 43°F 18°C - 6°C
Fri
69°F - 45°F 21°C - 7°C

Description

This outstanding crag is one of the most popular Shelf Road cliffs outside of Cactus Cliff. The Menses Prow’s great variety of excellent routes and ample sun/shade options lure climbers of all abilities. The cliff‘s horse-shoe shape ensures excellent conditions, while also providing a more secluded ambience than other Shelf crags, even on busy weekends. Hard-men will be drawn to the short, powerful routes on the Bulge Wall, at the far left end of the crag, while beginners will be thrilled by the numerous sub-5.10 outings at the California Ethics Pinnacle.

Getting There

Follow the trail from the old parking lot. Pass a signed trail to the Far Side, continuing on the right/straight fork of the trail. After several minutes, the trail comes to a well-signed T-intersection. Take the left fork (marked “Menses Prow”) and descend for 10 yds into the wash. Cross the wash and follow switchbacks up the steep slope to the Menses Prow. The trail ends below “No Passion for Fasion” at the right end of the cliff.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Menses Prow

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 217
Period Piece
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 245
First Blood
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 118
The Baroque Period
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 86
Lamont's Period
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 88
Prima Nocta
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 90
Dumb Waiter
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 241
Pueblo Gringos
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 169
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 88
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat…
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 145
The Big Chill
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 210
Menses
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 88
Flashback To Acid Beach
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 117
Slender Fungus
Sport 2 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 141
No Passion for Fashion
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 71
Thirteen Engines
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Period Piece
 217
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
First Blood
 245
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Baroque Period
 118
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Lamont's Period
 86
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Prima Nocta
 88
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Dumb Waiter
 90
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Pueblo Gringos
 241
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Lick My Love Pump aka Love…
 169
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled…
 88
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Big Chill
 145
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Menses
 210
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Flashback To Acid Beach
 88
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Slender Fungus
 117
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
No Passion for Fashion
 141
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Thirteen Engines
 71
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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Andy Librande
Denver, CO
Andy Librande   Denver, CO
Where the hell did the name "Menses Prow" come from with all of the related names (Period Piece/First Blood/etc). Has to be some sort of weird story/history? Dec 3, 2012
Andy... as you see the wall has a redness to it... the naming of which was due to Brian Mullen. He is known for frequent off color (no pun intended) route naming. Just look at FA records of Shelf and San Louis Valley climbs. Why he would name it that still baffles me. Facebook him, he's there, and ask. If you find out, I'd be interested to hear as well. Jan 9, 2013
Jason Parks
Colorado Springs, CO
Jason Parks   Colorado Springs, CO
28 Sept 2013: May have dropped my wedding ring (white gold with 5 sapphires) and another ring (titanium with silver inlay) out the Trail to Menses Prow. Any booty finders, please contact me so I can get out of the doghouse. Oct 4, 2013
gunter  
I left my helmet behind this Sat. It is a white and silver, Petzl, Meteor 3. I have a lot of fond thoughts and memories with this bucket. So if you have it, I will happily compensate you. Oct 1, 2017
Must have been a day of forgetfulness - left a pair of SMITH sunglasses around the base of Pueblo Gringos and First Blood on Saturday (09/30/2017). Would happily repay you for their return! Oct 2, 2017
Lost my cellphone here last Saturday. If you have it, please contact me at ajoelrand@gmail.com

Thanks! Oct 23, 2017