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Pull Up A Drill S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Quill, The S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Thornbird T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
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Description

This crag is never crowded, has long routes, and the rock quality actually better than rumor has it.

L->R:

A. Snowblind, 8, 1p.
B. Soul Chicken, 11, 1p, bolts.
C. Unknown, 10+ PG-13, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.
D. Eatin' Alive, 8, 1p.
E. Unknown Roof, 1p, TR.
F. Loose Goose, 9, 1p.
G. Weed Eater, 8, 1p.
H. The Quill, 10-, 1p, 90', bolts.

Getting There

Porcupine Rock has a long and colorful climbing history. Though many have turned their heads toward other crags reputedly cleaner in nature, the short approach to great rock which just may require a bit of initial cleaning is hard to beat.

Park underneath the rock about 1 mile from the turn onto Montezuma Road.

Others may approach differently, however, I prefer to walk down canyon on the bike path for about 200m until reaching an old mining road (may be marked by a wood cairn). Branch out right and follow the casual trail/old road that leads towards Porcupine Rock. After 5 minutes, an old mine tailing pile is reached. go straight up the steep hillside for 25m, then find a cairned footpath to the base of the Rock.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Porcupine Rock

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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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The Quill
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The Quill
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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Dr. VARMENT
Boulder, Colorado
Dr. VARMENT   Boulder, Colorado
There are some sick lines up the trail a bit further from The Quill. A 10+ arete (5 draws and a #2 BD) and a spooky 11c: starts above a cave on a 30ft run out (5.9 chimney), bring a #1 BD and 8 draws. Oh yeah, the only bomber gear is the #1 and a single bolt...the pitons wiggle. Aug 15, 2010

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