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Routes in The Trough

Black Crocus S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Dog Will Hunt S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
High As I Wanna Be S,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Hyssop S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Life in the Trough S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Wild Rose S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a

Description

The Trough is a steep, primarily west-facing wall on the north side of CO Highway 14 directly across the road from mile marker 103. It keeps morning shade until late morning in the summer, gets some afternoon sun in the fall/winter, and has an extremely short approach. There are at least 7 bolted climbs on this wall, with the four older (uphill) routes another testament to the vision and energy of Craig Luebben. The rock is fairly typical of the Poudre, meaning that it usually climbs a bit better than it first appears.

Getting There

From the intersection of US Highway 287 and CO Highway 14, take CO 14 west for about 30 minutes. The Trough is at the lower end of the upper narrows, and appears just after rounding its first bend - look for a traffic sign on the right (visible in the picture) and the green mile marker on the opposite side. There is a spacious parking area just past this on the right, with the crag visible behind you a few dozen paces back down the road towards the east. When you leave, it is far better to continue west, either past the Narrows or to the small pull-out below East of Eden, to a safer turn-around spot with better views of oncoming traffic.

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Michael Botkin
Fort Collins, CO
Michael Botkin   Fort Collins, CO
Climbed here for the first time this week, and although everything appears to be choss, the quality isn't half bad if you're looking for a few shaded routes if Snake Eyes Wall is full. According to the guidebook, the routes starting from the road going up the gully are as follows:

1. Hyssop, *, 11b, 6 bolts.
2. Wild Rose, *, 11c, 6 bolts.
3. Black Crocus, *, 11c, 5 bolts.
4. Dog Will Hunt, 11d, 1 bolt.
5. My Name is Mud, 10d, 4 bolts.
6. Life In The Trough, ** 10a, 6 bolts.
7. High As I Wanna Be, **, 12a, 6 bolts. Jun 5, 2015
Climbed here 6-Mar-2009. Rock is definitely solid, although it might not appear that way. Climbed a route following the 6th line of bolts up the gully (Hyssop being the first route). Face holds and a ledge-y system yielded one star, 5.10a climbing. Mar 8, 2009

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