Avg: 2.5 from 56 votes
Routes in The Monkey Skull
|Amy, Good Gorilla T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Casual Corner T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Fever Dance T 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Fringe Dweller T,S,TR 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Hollow Be Thy Name T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Looking for Trouble T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c|
|Monkey Trial T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Ripple S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Skull and Bones S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Summit Block T,S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R|
|Sunshine Dihedral T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Upside The Cranium S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Type:||Trad, 80 ft|
|Page Views:||3,482 total, 19/month|
|Shared By:||George Bell on Jul 26, 2002|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThis is a nice short route, but Hubbel's guidebook doesn't even give it a star! It is one of the best routes I've done in the South St. Vrain (out of about 6).
The route is the right-facing dihedral on the left side of The Monkey Skull, and left of Sunshine Dihedral. This route faces west and is in the shade until about 1PM (in July). Tiptoe up the trail avoiding the poison ivy to the base of the route, where the easy slope funnels down to a narrow chute made of solid rock with a fallen dead tree in it.
The dihedral does not reach the ground, face climb 20' straight up to the crack, passing a small fir tree on your right. This section is runout but is only about 5.5. Move into the dihedral and follow it for about 60', ending at a large fir tree with slings. You can rap back to the base from here with one 50m rope.