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
 205
Period Piece
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 239
First Blood
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 113
The Baroque Period
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 85
Lamont's Period
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 81
Prima Nocta
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 86
Dumb Waiter
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 229
Pueblo Gringos
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 157
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 83
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat…
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 134
The Big Chill
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 195
Menses
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 84
Flashback To Acid Beach
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 113
Slender Fungus
Sport 2 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 137
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
 205
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
First Blood
 239
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Baroque Period
 113
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Lamont's Period
 85
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Prima Nocta
 81
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Dumb Waiter
 86
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Pueblo Gringos
 229
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Lick My Love Pump aka Love…
 157
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled…
 83
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Big Chill
 134
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Menses
 195
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Flashback To Acid Beach
 84
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Slender Fungus
 113
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
No Passion for Fashion
 137
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