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Routes in The Crag Ranch

Back Steps T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Back at the Ranch S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Butterfly Effect T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Candy Ass 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Consolation Prize S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Cow Bell T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crag Rancher S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Cross Cove Chimney T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Dusty Trail S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Fenceline S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Field of Opportunity S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Granite Rodeo S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Greenhorn S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Grub Crack, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
High Plains Poser S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Holey Mittens T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Life On The Ranch S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Meanwhile S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
North 40 S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Plain High Poser S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Property Boundary S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Quickdraw Rustler S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Sheep Buggerer, The S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Shoo Fly S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Snare Drum T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Throwin' the Shit Fit S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Type: Sport, 190 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Head Crew
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Shared By: Paul Heyliger on Mar 14, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Raptor Closures Details

Description

High Plains Poser begins just right of the obvious left-facing corner (Sheep Buggerer) and is the fourth route from the left accessed by Sun Deck Ledge. An exciting step over the void (formed by the back of the ledge) on interesting holds leads to a tricky 10c crux on the left arete. This is followed by moderate climbing on very featured rock to a semi-hanging belay in a groove. The second pitch heads out right and up steeper rock with good holds (easy 5.10). A nice section of South-Platte style, high-angle slab leads to a step left (blind side-pull) and exciting sequence up a high-angle groove (10c). Head up easier rock to a stunning belay perch at the top of the Crag Ranch.

Given the variety of climbing, rock quality, and views, this is an outstanding route. It should be included with Topaz as one of the best 5.10 routes at the Head (and therefore - perhaps arguably - in the top 20 or so 5.10 sport routes in the state).

Location

See the description for Sheep Buggerer to access Sun Deck Ledge.

Protection

This route is closely bolted (in part, I believe, to avoid any cheese-grater falls on the upper slab). About 16-18 draws and a few extra carabiners should be sufficient.

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Really enjoyable climb. Great views of South Platte and cool little belay at the top of the first pitch. P1 - balancy arete, well-bolted, and freakin' awesome moves. P2 more balancy moves to a really cool slab-traverse. A great warm-up and just good ole fun. Oct 12, 2015
slim

  5.10c
slim    
  5.10c
Another fun 2 pitch route that makes a great warmup. The second pitch is remniscent of more typical Platte slab climbing, with some friable holds and friction/texture moves. Thankfully it is better protected though. Nice little perch on top. Aug 7, 2012
Kat A
Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
Kat A   Bart and Lisa Ville, CO
We linked the two pitches with a 60 m, and it worked ok with extending runners on some of the bolts, and skipping a few bolts (yes, some are closely spaced). Sep 13, 2008
Monty
Golden, CO
 
Monty   Golden, CO  
 
2 great pitches. The second pitch is varied and really fun contrary to what others may have said. Don't stop after the first the second pitch was the winner of the 2. Aug 3, 2008
Jeremy
Boulder, CO
 
Jeremy   Boulder, CO
 
The 1st pitch is classic, but the second I could go without ever doing again. Jul 23, 2007
Brenda Leach
Sandy, Utah
Brenda Leach   Sandy, Utah
This excellent route gets shade in the morning. This is a must-do in the area for this grade. Two long sport pitches, great friction, balancy, some crack technique, great views at the top. Jul 16, 2006