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Routes in Hassler's Hatbox

Cat's Claw T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Cat's Cradle T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Cave Crack T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Hassler's Hatbox Route T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Journey to Coramonde aka Anita T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Lucille T,TR 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Ruffis T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
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Type: Trad
FA: Hassler Whitney & Walt Sticker, 1949
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Shared By: Stacy Bender on Jul 19, 2001 with updates
Admins: Mike Snyder, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Aeon Aki

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Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 Details


This route is just right of Lucille and about 20 feet left of Cat's Cradle. As you top out on Walt's Wall, look left to the obvious Hassler's Hatbox formation.

Work your way through the rockstacle course and down to the start of what looks like a chimney. This climb is great for beginning trad leaders. The climb has it all, cracks, easy off-width techniques and stemming.

Rap down from the bolts at the top of Cat's Cradle. Note: there is usually a stiff breeze at the bottom, so belayers take an extra shirt or jacket. Don't forget water; you'll be thirsty after coming up Walt's Wall.


This route is easily protected with a standard rack. Larger cams at the start and for an anchor at the top, up to a #4 friend. About half way up, parallel cracks can by protected with smaller stuff, cams or passive gear.


D. Scott Clark
D. Scott Clark   Boulder
My favorite route in the Voo! It has everything and a very cool exit. Definitely worth climbing. Approach via Edwards Crack and not the convoluted approach in the book. Sep 28, 2015
Gary Schmidt
Boulder, CO
Gary Schmidt   Boulder, CO
Super fun route. I wouldn't call this a beginner trad route by any means (sustained and bit awkward in sections) but it does take gear every where and can be done safely. To get off find a two bolt anchor about 30 ft directly east of the route. One of Vedauwoo's best moderates. Perfect way to add some more adventure to an ascent of a Walt's Wall route. Sep 8, 2009
Longmont, CO
taimi   Longmont, CO
No...Real...offwidth'ing. The double crack at the top is the best. Be forewarned, though--Hassler's Hatbox has seen little enough activity that birds have discovered the weather-protected nature of this crack. As of June 2009, a key hold at the crux is somewhat slimy. Jul 2, 2009
This is one of the best moderates in all of Vedauwoo. This is an excellent climb to do after topping out Ed's Crack, especially if 5.7 is the grade you climb. Super fun climbing. Jul 20, 2006
George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
Fun route! No offwidthing! Mar 22, 2004