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Routes in Switchblade

Blade Runner S 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Cutting Out S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Fintastic S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Six Blade Knife S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Sliced Open S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Under The Knife S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Unnamed 5.10b S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Elevation: 9,241 ft
GPS: 39.262, -105.096 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Sarah Meiser on May 8, 2017
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description [Suggest Change]

Switchblade is one of a group of crags that make up Sawblade Ridge. It’s home to a dozen or so quality climbs in the 5.10 - 5.13 range and gets good afternoon sun.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Access is via the main Fire Tower Lookout Trail. Follow the trail past the first major switchback (over the bridge), and continue for another quarter mile. Look for a minor trail breaking off left at a switchback where the main trail takes a turn to the south. It is fairly obvious if you’re paying attention. This is approximately 0.4 miles from the parking lot.

The climber's trail continues east with some minor ups and downs but never gains or loses much elevation. It’s fairly easy to follow and is marked with numerous cairns. After half a mile or so, you’ll come to a cairned trail junction. This junction is also obvious if you’re looking for it. Take the right fork, and follow the well-marked trail uphill and then through an interesting passageway formed by some large boulders. When you emerge on the other side, you’ll see the bolts on Passageway Wall. From the left end of Passageway Wall, scramble down and then right for a minute or two, and you’ll arrive at Switchblade.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Switchblade

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
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Fintastic
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5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 3
Cutting Out
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Fintastic
 3
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Cutting Out
 3
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
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I think the map might be off on this one? Is Switchblade on the crag almost due south of mapped here? May 30, 2017
Sarah Meiser
Boulder, CO
Sarah Meiser   Boulder, CO
The location I used is approximate. If you know it more accurately, give me the info, and I'll update the pages. Jun 1, 2017
J. Albers
Colorado
J. Albers   Colorado
Ryan is correct, those GPS coordinates are quite a ways off. Here are correct coordinates:

Switchblade: 39.261971, -105.095613.
Passageway: 39.261958, -105.095248. Jun 1, 2017
Sarah Meiser
Boulder, CO
Sarah Meiser   Boulder, CO
Thanks. Locations have been updated. Jun 1, 2017

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