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Elevation: 6,780 ft 2,067 m
GPS: 38.6199, -105.2371
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Shared By: Monomaniac on Jun 5, 2007
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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.
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 287
Period Piece
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 319
First Blood
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 140
Lamont's Period
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 135
Prima Nocta
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 173
The Baroque Period
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 202
Red Dog
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 301
Pueblo Gringos
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 216
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 191
The Big Chill
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 281
Menses
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 117
Flashback To Acid Beach
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 152
Slender Fungus
Sport 2 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 205
No Passion for Fashion
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 89
Thirteen Engines
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 68
Graceland
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Period Piece
 287
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
First Blood
 319
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Lamont's Period
 140
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Prima Nocta
 135
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Baroque Period
 173
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Red Dog
 202
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Pueblo Gringos
 301
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Lick My Love Pump aka Love…
 216
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The Big Chill
 191
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Menses
 281
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Flashback To Acid Beach
 117
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Slender Fungus
 152
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
No Passion for Fashion
 205
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Thirteen Engines
 89
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Graceland
 68
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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