Front range climb suggestions for my 72 year old mom.

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Christian Mason · · Westminster CO · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 158

I'm looking for suggestions for a birthday climb for me to-be 72 year old mother.
She's already done "The Bomb" at Eldo, and The Flatironette.


Easy approach
5.5 or less, the easier the better.
1-3 pitches, easy retreat preferred.
A feeling of a "top" or "summit" is a bonus.

Any suggestions?

Dave Holliday · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2003 · Points: 1,331

My Dogma Got Run Over By My Karma on the Whale's Tail. It gets a 5.6 in the guidebook but one can contrive an easier path in that area, if desired. It can be done in two or three pitches, low-angle so it's flatiron-esque, easy approach, tops out on the Whale's Tail, descent is a rappel down the west face and easy scramble back to terra firma. Last summer I led a friend up it as her first outdoor rock climb and she had a blast.

Edit: great photos on your website.

Kyle P · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2009 · Points: 5

PM sent. Very cool of you.....and her!

Rick Blair · · Denver · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 268

I am tempted to direct you to Hillbilly rock. If you pick your approach carefully it is easy off trail. Problem is, a wandering approach can get tricky. My second recommendation would be something in Staunton. Approach is on good trail and roads, at least as easy as 1st flatironette. Oh ranger or goal post gulley from memory.

Awesome about your mom BTW. Mine is also 72, still skis and works 12 hour shifts as a nurse.

Roy Suggett · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 6,415

Good for you and yours! Try J Tree!

Andrew Gram · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 3,550

White Twin Spire at Garden of the Gods. Montezuma's Tower would be even cooler though a little harder than 5.5, though she could yard on gear. Cool summits.

Its a drive, but you should take her to the Needles or Rushmore in South Dakota. There is no better place for easy routes with short approaches that reach good summits anywhere.

Ed Schaefer · · Centennial, CO · Joined May 2014 · Points: 35

This book might have some good ideas for you:

Christian Mason · · Westminster CO · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 158

Hey everyone,

Thanks for all the suggestions.
We ended up taking her up the East Slabs on the Whale's Tail at Eldo, and rapping off the backside.
She was a bit nervous with the exposure on the rappel but had a great time, and I think she's looking forward to checking out some of the other suggestions in this thread.

-- Chris

Rick Blair · · Denver · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 268

Perfect choice. Well done!

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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