Type: Trad, 125 ft
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Shared By: Holly Barnard on Sep 15, 2001
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This is a favorite 1-pitch route. It ascends the obvious right facing dihedral directly above the Eden area pullout. Hike a few feet upslope from the pullout to a nice level belay spot. I would advise the belayer at the base to anchor in since the crux is only a few feet off the deck and a fall could result in both people rolling down slope into their car (or the road) below.

As noted above, the crux is only a little ways off the deck, but high enough to make you think twice about your gear before you pull the moves. Climb up to an overhang. Place some bomber gear and crank over (5.9). Then enjoy stemming, jamming, and liebacking the handcrack that lies above (5.8). Lots of fun! As you belay your partner up, you can watch folks rubber neck at you as they drive by.


Standard rack - possibly bring some doubles of hand-sized cams. Be sure to save 2-3 runners with biners for the bolted belay at the top. 2 ropes for the rappel.
You can climb past the anchors and continue to the top of the wall. The rock quality deteriorates a little but I don't remember it being too bad. I actually didn't mean to climb past the anchor but I lost my glasses earlier that day. I didn't even see the anchor and I just ended up at the top of the wall, to my surprise.

East of Eden is a great climb, and would be 3 stars at any area. But, unfortunately, it's about the only route worth climbing in that area of the Poudre. Oct 2, 2002
Brian Weinstein  
What a neat line in that area of the canyon. Great rock quality. Get those small stoppers ready before you pull the crux. You can get at least two beauties before you crank over the small roof. The rest is pure joy. Oct 19, 2003
You can rap to the ledges with a 58 meter rope or more (long story). Also you can get away with a rack of nothing larger than a #1 Camalot pretty easily. This line is well worth doing, and is a great finish to a day you almost rolled your truck in the canyon and boarded down diamond peaks (I wouldn't recommend the first though). Dec 4, 2004
Fort Collins, CO
nolteboy   Fort Collins, CO
Quite an anomaly for the Poudre - this canyon would be a destination area if it were full of quality lines like this one. Jun 22, 2005
Ft. Collins, CO
flash5twelve   Ft. Collins, CO
Excellent pitch! Four stars anywhere. A 70m rope will get you easily to the ledge below the climb where we belayed. May 9, 2007
phil Sabet  
This is a great crack climb. Gear up to a #3 Camalot...doubles of #2 and #3 if you want to sew it up. This would be unbelievable if it went for another 1000 feet. Mar 30, 2008
Loveland, Co
westy   Loveland, Co
The misconception is that it's easier after the crux roof, maybe not as hard but still requires an extended amount of focus and sustainable strength for the next 100'. The pro is selective, rest stops are there but not given away. Keep in mind that the river is right next to you and conversation / commands are muffled at best. Did this route with Denise and Chad as a group of three. The anchors are solid and there is enough room, although the stance is not all that comfortable. We will be back for more in the near future. Definitely a great route. Jun 29, 2008
denise 911
fort collins, co
denise 911   fort collins, co
Roof is technical crux (and height dependent - as is much of the route) I agree with Todd - don't think it's easy sailing once over the roof - I found the bulge just above more trying. "Front Range Crags" lists this as 5.9+. Fun sustained climbing the whole way - we'll be back for this one again. Jun 29, 2008
Scott Bower
Fort Collins, CO
Scott Bower   Fort Collins, CO
This route stays in the shade until late morning (around 11:00 today). A 60M rope is enough to rap back to where we belayed. I thought the real crux was the bulge just above the initial overhang, but careful footwork and stemming may be what I lacked. Aug 2, 2008
RPs at the roof, and big nuts/small cams above protect this route well. Only used one cam bigger than a 1.5 Friend5/0.75 Camalot. Mar 8, 2009
Scott Matz
Loveland, CO
Scott Matz   Loveland, CO
This is a favorite of mine, not a big fan of car climbing, but this route is a Poudre Canyon classic. I bring a fist full of small cams, a small nut (BD #4) to protect the crux buldge. A couple of large stoppers, a #2 (C4), and a #4 (C4)for the top for a perfect fit (but not necessary). Three bolt anchor at the ramp. FUN FUN. Mar 23, 2009
Estes Park CO
boydpainting   Estes Park CO
A #1 Ballnut/slider protects the move out over the roof quite well. Feb 4, 2010
Ivan Rezucha
Fort Collins, CO
Ivan Rezucha   Fort Collins, CO
Excellent climb, "real" (as I like to say) with a big feel. I motorcycled up from Boulder and self-belayed it. The trip was well worth it for this one pitch.

The crux for me by far was the first moves. I almost backed off. There are a few other 9 moves above, but the climb gets easier and easier as you get higher, with good holds and ledges appearing on the right wall, and the occasional hold for stemming on the left wall. I only did a few hand and foot jams, most of those low down. At one point it's easiest to climb completely on the right wall ignoring the corner.

This is a great climb to use passive pro on, due to excellent placements and good stances from which to place gear.

If you want to top rope this after leading, you'll need a cordalette or two as the bolts are set a ways back from the edge. Oct 17, 2010

Yeah, C.T.! Approach shoes in the rain. Oct 24, 2010
Jason Antin
Golden, CO
Jason Antin   Golden, CO
Super fun line! The crux is low but quite straightforward. Enjoyable, well protected climbing. A 60m will get you to the ledge; so no need to trail a 2nd cord. I'll be sure to jump on this when I am in the area again. Apr 2, 2011
Did this climb for the first time yesterday, and I'll definitely be back. The crux was definitely the bottom, but as others have said, you can fit a bomber #4/5 BD nut right before it (and back that up with a small cam a couple feet lower if you want). I don't own hexes, but I do remember a few spots where I thought "a hex would be perfect here". A number of bomber placements for big nuts (or hexes), and having an extra #1 or #2 C4 is nice, too. This is a great climb for somebody pushing into 9s as there are great stances and gear the whole way up. Oct 3, 2012
Travkrack   Alaska
Use a 70 meter rope for the rappel to make it back to the ledge just under rough. Do not rappel with one 60 meter rope! Bring two! Jul 17, 2013
Mitchell Hodge
Lyons / Fort Collins CO
Mitchell Hodge   Lyons / Fort Collins CO
Did not trail a second rope and rapped comfortably to the belay ledge using a 60m cord. A single 60m will get you down just fine. Nov 2, 2014
Ken Duncan
Ft Collins, CO
Ken Duncan   Ft Collins, CO
Added anchors at the top of the dihedral to make TR'ing and lowering easier. Please don't steal the heavy steel biners. Oct 10, 2016
Nathaniel Dray
Boulder, CO
Nathaniel Dray   Boulder, CO
I recommend placing a #3 cam on the right face about halfway up, in a 3-4 foot long vertical fist crack section. It will pull the rope out of the corner enough to prevent it from getting stuck in a constriction but won't cause rope drag. Nov 4, 2017
Ben M
Ben M  
Got a #5 BD nut stuck about 1/3 of the way up. If you can get it, it's yours. Classic climb. Mar 4, 2018
Ross Caputo  
Both the mental and the physical crux is the beginning, pulling the roof. The pro under it is garbage. I found you can blindly throw a red BD nut over the roof into a bomb proof placement. Only problem is you can't see the placement, so give it a nice pull and push before you go for it. I would also bring as many 0.75s as you can, this thing eats them for breakfast lunch and dinner. Mar 19, 2018
Guy H.
Fort Collins CO
Guy H.   Fort Collins CO
In response to the above comment, you can equalize a 0.1 X4 and a green C3 right at the lip. They seem pretty solid, but I have never whipped on them.

Someone stole the spray painted steel biners at the anchor that were zip-tied to the chains! At least pick up the zip-ties that you littered at the base. Please don't steal the steel. Hopefully your friends call you out for having spray painted biners on your rack. Mar 19, 2018
Bailey Hoover
Fort Collins, CO
Bailey Hoover   Fort Collins, CO
Before the roof you can place a bomber black tricam in the finger slot you use to pull up under the roof. This is not adequate protection to keep you off the deck for the crux move but will keep you from rolling down the hill/bouncing off of the boulders below. Apr 20, 2018