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Ugly Stick

5.10a/b, Sport, 110 ft,  Avg: 3 from 108 votes
FA: Kirk Miller
Colorado > Golden > N Table Mountai… > Winter Warmer Area
Access Issue: Rim Rock Trail Closure Details


This climb was bolted generously, because it is long, steep, and a little bit rotten; hence the name.


This lies to the right of Winter Warmer.


You'll need a 70 meter rope and 16 draws to reach the triple Winch Hook anchors (clip & go convenience). Ring anchors have also been installed on the ledge 12 meters up, after the first two bolts, to accommodate parties with shorter ropes.

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Looking up the first two bolts to the first set of anchors.
[Hide Photo] Looking up the first two bolts to the first set of anchors.
Ugly Stick.
[Hide Photo] Ugly Stick.
Not the best topo of Ugly Stick, but enough to help get started.
[Hide Photo] Not the best topo of Ugly Stick, but enough to help get started.
A good view of the route, shown by the rope.
[Hide Photo] A good view of the route, shown by the rope.
Carly Richards top-roping off of Suzy Williams' lead. <br>
[Hide Photo] Carly Richards top-roping off of Suzy Williams' lead.
About halfway up "Ugly Stick".
[Hide Photo] About halfway up "Ugly Stick".
Midway up.
[Hide Photo] Midway up.

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Jay Eggleston
[Hide Comment] Fun route and maybe the longest at Table. Bring your 70m rope and watch out for loose rock up high. Apr 18, 2006
Dan Dalton
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Awesome route, and definitely a little long. The more traffic this route sees the better, since it will clear up any remaining loose pieces. Some of the rocks look a little loose, but are actually pretty solid. Fun and LONG route. Would like to lead this next time I am on it.

Dan Mar 18, 2007
Matt Gates
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Well done! Interesting climb bottom to top. About two thirds up is where the business started for me. The character of the rock changes, and you have to pull over a weird bulge. Bottom crack was excellent as well. The burliest moves are in the crack, but you are still fresh then. Belay from the anchors and have your second trail a rope up if you do not have a 70m rope. Still some loose stuff to be cleaned, but it's not too bad.

Edit 11/24/2007: Managed to "clean" a bowling bowl off this on lead. There are still some rotten sections, so be vigilant. Apr 16, 2007
[Hide Comment] It's cleaned up well, so go climb it. It's a worthy route and proof that size really does matter....and that there is more to climb higher up on N Table. Thx, Kirk. May 10, 2007
Jimn Seiler
North Platte, NE
[Hide Comment] Kirk - I met you up at Table about 2 months ago, and you told me about this climb. I will be doing it this week, and I just wanted to thank you for your thoughtful work. Jun 3, 2007
Wherever we park!
[Hide Comment] This is a fun route. Nice to get airy for once at table. Pretty clean considering the length. Jul 14, 2008
Kevin Fox
[Hide Comment] Kirk,
The route was great. Definitely interesting at the top. I think it was you, Mark R and your significant others that were doing Stick It To The Man today. Able and your other dog kept my dog entertained today. Thanks for putting up such a good route. Nov 15, 2008
[Hide Comment] Great route. Still pebbles coming off and I made a big mistake pushing off on a dark block about sixty feet off. Moved quite a bit. Should have looked around more. It's right before the first bulge. I was lucky it didn't go. My mistake. Be careful. Jan 16, 2009
Kirk Miller
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] The loose block and associated loose rock have been removed. Thanks for the heads up, Dave. Jun 28, 2009
Dwight Jugornot
Arvada, Co.
[Hide Comment] Loooooong. Every foot of my Blue Water 70. No move harder than about 10 minus but just relentlessly at the grade and then overhung at the end. Sheesh! What a blast. The endurance factor bumps the grade, not the moves. Feb 3, 2012
Centennial, CO
  5.10a/b PG13
[Hide Comment] One of the best routes I've ever done. Thanks, Kirk. Nov 30, 2013
AJ Appezzato
Lakewood, Colorado
[Hide Comment] Does anyone know if the anchors to this route are accessible from the top?
I am curious if one can just walk to the top and enjoy a fun but not short rappel, then walk a path back to the main parking lot. Jan 2, 2016
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
[Hide Comment] A 70m rope and 16 draws...that's a long one. Jan 16, 2017