Type: Trad
FA: K. Trout, K. Miller, R. Kirkpatrick, '70s (updated by D. Mabe, 3/05)
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Shared By: Darren Mabe on May 17, 2005
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures & Rockfall Mitigation Project Details


Crackside follows the obvious, arching crack system on the right side of the south-facing Creek Side wall on the east side of tunnel 6. Approach by tyrol from the cottonwood tree to the belay pod of Guppy and Fish and Chips (small pine tree). Right bolted traverse (5.2) above the water (3 bolts) to a small rock perch and two bolt anchor.

Climb above the belay, clip a bolt and step into the arching crack. Jam the crack until it stops and traverse right (crux) to join with another crack. Continue up to a nice ledge with 2 bolt lowering anchor (90').

If you pay attention, your rope won't get wet when you pull it.

Crackside is fun moderate traditional route with great location, good pro, and classic movement between cracks.


SR up to #3 Camalot. 3 protection bolts. 2 bolt rap anchor.


What fun! This route has a beautiful crack system. The move between the cracks was a little dicey for me but well protected. This wall is well worth your time. May 31, 2005
rob bauer
Golden, CO
rob bauer   Golden, CO
BTW, it's almost exactly 100' down to the good ledge. Good route. May 17, 2009
Craig Quincy
Louisville, CO
Craig Quincy   Louisville, CO
Surprisingly fun route. The crux for me was clipping the bolt after the crack. I ended up climbing by the two bolts on the direct variation, but then going right to the lower anchor. Apr 3, 2011
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
FWIW, you can do this with a #1 Camalot and smaller rack. Mar 24, 2012
Dale Haas and I replaced the tat at the anchor with SS quicklinks and SS rings. Thanks to the ASCA (www.safeclimbing.org) for providing the hardware. Donate today!

Oct 10, 2016