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Routes in Menses Prow

A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Abscessed Words to Climb S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
After Dark S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Armies Of Metaphors S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
B.O.S.S. Method, The S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Back for More S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Baroque Period, The S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bat Crack T,S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Big Chill, The S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Caught in the Middle S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Chiba Chiba S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Cosmic Thing S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Dealin' Crack T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Dumb Waiter S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Fever S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
First Blood S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
First Strike S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Flashback To Acid Beach S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Graceland S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
I am a Viking S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Jumbo Pumping Love S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Krakatoa S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Lamont's Period S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Light Days S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Liquid Affair S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Lunch at the Y S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Menses S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Metaphysical Fictions S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
My What a Big Bulge S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
No Passion for Fashion S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Original Route S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Period Epic S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Period Piece S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Pig Dictionary S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Prima Nocta S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pueblo Gringos S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Red Dog S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Scratch and Claw S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Shelf's Worst Route S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Slender Fungus S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Smart Server S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Smokin' Crack T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Stratabulge S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Sudden Impact S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Sundogs S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Thirteen Engines S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
True to Tradition/Tucker's Faith S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat Machine S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Weed n' Feed T,S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
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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
 187
Period Piece
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 221
First Blood
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 103
The Baroque Period
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 73
Lamont's Period
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 141
Red Dog
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 78
Dumb Waiter
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 210
Pueblo Gringos
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 149
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 80
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat Machine
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 128
The Big Chill
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 178
Menses
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 81
Flashback To Acid Beach
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 109
Slender Fungus
Sport 2 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 122
No Passion for Fashion
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 69
Thirteen Engines
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Period Piece
 187
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
First Blood
 221
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Baroque Period
 103
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Lamont's Period
 73
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Red Dog
 141
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Dumb Waiter
 78
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Pueblo Gringos
 210
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Lick My Love Pump aka Love…
 149
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled…
 80
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Big Chill
 128
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Menses
 178
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Flashback To Acid Beach
 81
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Slender Fungus
 109
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
No Passion for Fashion
 122
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Thirteen Engines
 69
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

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