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5.9+, Sport, 70 ft,  Avg: 1.8 from 22 votes
FA: unknown
Colorado > Canon City > Shelf Rd > Cactus Cliff


If you like awkward climbing through loose rock, dirt, bird shit and dead animal carcass, this is the ultimate line for you! This route takes you 70 feet up a flaring chimney where the clips are basically behind you and often times it's unclear if you are actually climbing on rock at all. The hangers should be removed from this pile and it should be condemned as a biological hazard to all forms of life.

I can't imagine finding anything worse than this route at Shelf and personally I have never climbed any route anywhere that is worse than this. If you climb it, may God have mercy on your soul.


This is the obvious chimney right of Affluenza and Whiteman's Burden.


Quickdraws, helmet, goggles, shop-vac, bio-suit.

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Doug Lintz
Kearney, NE
[Hide Comment] I thought this route was kind of fun, mostly due to its awkwardness. Yes, the clips are behind you and it may be a little freaky for the moderate leader, but I don't think it's the worst route at Shelf. Sep 24, 2008
Dylan Demyanek
Las Vegas, NV
[Hide Comment] Dude, don't listen to that rant of a description. I found this route to be fun and unique, with stemming, chimneying and crack climbing all coming into play. I concede that the bolt placement is awkward. Line would probably be better with trad protection. Still, I would suggest this one - don't be off put by the description. Mar 18, 2013
[Hide Comment] I think this route is well worth doing. A nice change of pace from the rest of Shelf, and I thought that reaching on to the arĂȘte to clip added to an exposed feeling position that was enjoyable. A good 5.9+ rating at Shelf! Nov 25, 2016