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Routes in The Aircraft Carrier

Big Boulder - First Problem V3 6A
Cool Arete V9 7C
Crimp Route V6 7A
Dem Apples V8 7B R
Hit! V3 6A
Juliet V11 8A
Rhythm of the Saints V11 8A
Romeo V7 7A+
Route 1 S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Route 2 S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Route 3 S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Route 4 S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Route 5 S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Star Crossed Leftovers V6 7A
Star Crossed Lovers V6- 7A
V0 V0 4
V0/1 V0+ 4+
V1 Sloper V1 5
V2 V2 5+
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Elevation: 9,000 ft
GPS: 39.477, -106.368 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: JJNS on Nov 6, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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The Aircraft Carrier is a secluded bouldering spot with a little something for everyone. The first boulder that was developed was the aircraft carrier. This boulder has a about ten problems on it. The area around the boulder has been developed as well yielding an excellent V9 called the Cool Arete.

Getting There

Take US Highway 24 south from I-70. Drive south through Minturn and up and over Battle Mountain. After about five miles of driving uphill, you will reach the top of Battle Mountain. After this, you will descend for about two miles before going over a large bridge. This is the Red Cliff bridge. Continue over the bridge and down the hill. At the bottom of the hill is the parking on the right for the Kluttergarden. Continue past this parking lot for about two miles before taking a right onto Homestake Road. Homestake Road is a dirt road and appears right before some switchbacks. Once you make a right on Homestake Road, continue down the road until you cross a bridge. Immediately after the bridge park on your right in a small two car pullout. Park here.

Hike north along the river on a trail for about 1/4 mile. After 1/4 mile look left for a large boulder. When you see this boulder, turn left and hike uphill south of the big boulder. Continue hiking uphill on the trail for another 200 feet before reaching the Aircraft Carrier.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Aircraft Carrier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V6- 7A
Star Crossed Lovers
V8 7B R
Dem Apples
V9 7C
Cool Arete
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Star Crossed Lovers
V6- 7A Boulder
Dem Apples
V8 7B R Boulder
Cool Arete
V9 7C Boulder
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La Vida
La Vida   Denver
This is a very cool area! My gf and I hiked to check out this place for future climbing and was very pleased of the aesthetic of the rock. The quality is ok, but there are also several "hard" problems on the back side of this boulder. Does anyone know or have any beta on these routes?

Also, I noticed a lot of new bolts on the short wall that surrounds this boulder. Any beta on this short sport wall? Looks fun! Any info is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Sep 26, 2012
V11 on the backside is called Rhythm of the Saint. Oct 15, 2012
Western Colorado
mkclimb   Western Colorado
There are several bolted lines around here. Not sure on any of the names, but general grades....

If looking uphill at the bolted lines behind the aircraft carrier, from R->L

Rightmost - 5.8/short.
Next - 5.11-.
Next - 5.11.
Next - 5.11.
Leftmost - Cool Arete (V9), highball problem. Can also aim straight up after the first part of the boulder problem, making it a little easier.

Across the field, there are four more bolted lines. Most are below 5.10, but the one steep line with the obvious mantle crux is 12+/13-. Aug 30, 2015
Bay Area, CA
ZachP   Bay Area, CA
Anyone know who put up the bolted climbs behind The Carrier? I'd like to add some anchor hardware to a couple of the climbs but wanna get permission first. Please PM me if you have any info. Jul 20, 2016
Julius Grisette
Julius Grisette   Carbondale
Do you have to cross the barb wire fence to get to this boulder? Aug 1, 2018
Yes, there is a barb wire fence you have to step over. Aug 5, 2018

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