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Routes in Der Zerkle

Absolution (submitted as Hot if You're Not aka The Brown Eye Wall) S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
April Fools S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Bar None S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Der Fuhrer TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
East Face Left Side T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
East Face Right/Der Zerkle T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Feeling Lucky S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Final Solution T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Happy Ending T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Hot if You're Not aka The Brown Eye Wall (submitted as Absolution) S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Knot Carrot S,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
New Beginnings T 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a R
Ribspuren T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Southeast Arete T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Sunny Side One T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Sunny Side Two T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
Touch Monkey S,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Two Clucks From Saigon T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
West Face [Der Zerkle] T 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
What If You're Not? T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Wing Ding S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Type: Trad, 60 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Tony B on Sep 7, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Routes on Der Zerkle are closed from 1 April to 1 September Details
Temporary Trail and Raptor Closures Details


From the Top of the more popular climbs of the West side of Der Zinkle (60 feet up) you end on a ledge with a walk up. The rock has two additional west-facing features above. The feature to the North is an additional summit, a point of rock that is another 50-60 feet above. Ascend this via a wide crack on the West side, up through a few blocks, then through a slab and up to a fingercrack which slants up and right though an impressive bulge (crux) before pulling the last overhang to the summit (10a). This route has some great moves and is reasonably protected, but is simply too short to get a rave review.

To descend, rap from a set of fixed anchors down the West side, back to the top of the rest of the routes and walk off to the North.

While climbing and rapping, keep the belay and rope as far north of the base as possible, stacking it and sitting on the rock perch to avoid a large patch of Poison Ivy that is just south of this tower.


A few large cams, a few small nuts and a few TCUs. I placed a #3 Camalot, a #3 BD stopper, and one each 0.5 and 0.75" cam.


Boulder, CO
claytown   Boulder, CO
A pretty cool pitch. The cracks are really abrasive, so tape isn't out of the question. The poison ivy is abundant at the base. Pulling the rope almost guarantees that it will fall right in the ivy. We had to cut our day short, go home and wash our rope after this pitch.

Real fun would be to do "What If You're Not?" then step past the bolt anchor to the ledge and do this as a 2nd pitch. Sep 17, 2012
Ben Burnett
Ben Burnett   Colorado
After rapping from the summit, we TRed the southwest face of the summit block (just right of happy ending). This was quite enjoyable and looked better (more sustained and varied) than the actualy route. We ended on the right crack - or if you're tall, skip the crack and use the face holds between the two cracks. ~80 ft. Nov 7, 2009