Type: Sport
FA: Carrie & Bob Robertson, with Ed Quesada
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Shared By: Shane Zentner on Sep 13, 2003
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Cactus Carrie is directly left of Spiney Dan. Look for a rusted bolt hanger about twenty five feet up. The crux is near the third bolt (clipping this bolt can be tricky). Awkwardly spaced bolts, loose rock, and an occasional bush is part of the route. From the seventh bolt climb past rotten rock to reach the anchor.

It seems natural to veer right after the crux, but try to stay in the center of the route as the holds are better. Cactus Carrie is somewhat sustained and difficult with several areas of long fall potential. There are much better routes on Contest Wall to do. Miller Time and Hide n' Seek are good alternatives.


Cactus Carrie has seven bolts that are oddly spaced. The crux bolt takes a few difficult moves to get too. Once you clip the third bolt, the crux is protected.


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Most of the routes Bob Robertson puts in have badly spaced bolts since he doesn't top rope to determine where the good bolt locations should be. Sep 22, 2003
FA: Carrie & Bob Robertson, with Ed Quesada. Oct 3, 2003
This Climb Was Carrie's First ONsight Flash -NO BATA. Edd Said, "Maybe We Should Retro." Carrie Said, "No, This Climb Is A Good Bolted Crack; &, There Is No Reason To Over Bolt A Sport Crack. If Someone Wants To Over Protect It; Maybe They Could Use A RP &/Or Small Stoppers. This Climb Was The Second Climb My Dad & I Bolted -With Ed. This Climb Is Like Bat Crack; If It Is To Run Out, A Small Stopper Helps The Crux. Why Over Bolt A Climbing Wall? Oct 3, 2003
Keep in mind, were it not for Bob Robertson and others, there would be no Shelf Road! Dec 31, 2004
Yeah.... nobody else would've developed Shelf road.

If it weren't for the Robertsons we'd have a dearth of climbing in this state. Oh thank you Robertson's for your sefless service to the 30 foot sport crag community. Jan 1, 2005
Brother Numsie
Brother Numsie   AnCapistan
Anyone who thinks Shelf should never have been developed, or acknowledge it as easily within the top 3 Colorado destinations is not worth arguing with. Typical Birkenstock/dreadlocked Boulder trash.F.O. & D Jan 1, 2005
Looks like ubermike needs to get out a little more. Jan 2, 2005
What does F.O. and D mean 30 foot sport cragger? Jan 2, 2005
Brandon Schirm
colorado springs, co
Brandon Schirm   colorado springs, co
I think the bolts are in the correct spots. The first bolt is high but low compared to The Garden. I thought the mental crux was high but you won't deck. If the climb is to runout for you, you can protect in a crack or pockets with gear. Mar 10, 2009
brat .
Salt Lake City, UT
brat .   Salt Lake City, UT
As of 4/28/13, the anchor has only one hanger and is not equipped for rappel (except for my friend's bail biner). Be careful out there, folks! Apr 30, 2013
Ken Duncan
Ft Collins, CO
Ken Duncan   Ft Collins, CO
There are two coldshuts at the anchor. Hangers could use updating. Jan 6, 2019