Mountain Project Logo
To save paper & ink, use the [Hide] controls next to photos and comments so you only print what you need.

Backpaddle

5.11a, Sport, 75 ft (23 m),  Avg: 2.6 from 25 votes
FA: Gillett, Snively, Hill
Colorado > Estes Park Valley > Big Thompson Ca… > Jug Dome aka Anne's Rock
Warning Access Issue: Access issue - Monastery, Cedar Park, Combat Rock, etc. - open since 2023 DetailsDrop down

Description

This is our pick as the best route on the rock. It has easily the best stone especially above the bulge. This is the 2nd to last route on the left (W) end of the cliff with a prominent roof at mid height. Wander past 3 widely spaced clips on moderate terrain to get to "The Business", a steep, tricky to read sequence to gain an underclinging traverse that leads left below the roof. Pull the roof, grab a shake, then do some fantastic crystal pinching up the slabby face above leads to the rap anchors (single rope 60m).

Protection

11 clips plus anchors.

Photos [Hide ALL Photos]

Looking up the route at the underclings!!  Great route.
[Hide Photo] Looking up the route at the underclings!! Great route.
An "Old Fart" just below the roof on "Backpaddle".
[Hide Photo] An "Old Fart" just below the roof on "Backpaddle".

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Guy H.
Fort Collins CO
[Hide Comment] It is possible to TR this fun problem after climbing Shag (5.7), which is just to the left. A one rope rap from the anchors on this route will put at the anchors of Backpaddle. Feb 20, 2002
Christina kalb
Boulder, CO
  5.10c/d
[Hide Comment] A fun route and REALLY well protected. Apr 7, 2008