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Routes in Bierstadt Area

Type: Boulder, Alpine, 10 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Monomaniac on Jul 24, 2009
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Access Issue: Most of these boulders are within the Mt Evans Wilderness Area, regulated & patrolled by the US. Details


The Ladder, aka Indian Ladder, is an excellent warmup in the Bierstadt Area. This southeast-facing problem is extremely popular, featuring big moves on huge holds. The problem is a bit harder than it looks, but once you figure out which part of each hold to grab, this line will feel much easier. Begin with a sit start in the bottom of the pit, with hands matched on the big sloper. Pop up to the first rail, and so on towards the top. The holds get much more positive after the long reach at mid-height, and the topout is relatively moderate.
There are numerous eliminates involving the small crimps on this wall. A stand start to this problem drops the grade to V0.


From Bierstadt, continue south through a narrow cleft between the Bierstadt Boulder & its neighbor. About 20’ south of this cleft, the trail passes the Ladder, which begins from the pit on the right (N of the trail).


~2 pads. The landing is mostly flat, but there is a sloping boulder on the left that is more of a psychological distraction than anything.


Jason Kaplan
Glenwood ,Co
Jason Kaplan   Glenwood ,Co
Wow! Timeline is V0+ but this is V2? and ohithians is V1? Dead on! I can do this one in my tennis shoes or mostly with out feet at all, no way can that be done on the other 2 but yet this is rated the hardest...
Something is wrong,
Ohithians used to be V3 and so was timeline. I don't see how they were downgraded but this wasn't. Aug 5, 2009
Morrison, CO
Monomaniac   Morrison, CO  
Sarcasm levels running a bit high don't you think Jason?

These grades are simply my opinion. If you disagree, you can vote for a different grade (if you don't know how to do that, PM me). Aug 6, 2009
Jason Kaplan
Glenwood ,Co
Jason Kaplan   Glenwood ,Co
Yeah, please forgive me. I'm stuck in Ohio now and for the last week so I'm in a bit of a sour mood. Not to mention I've not had a good year for climbing in general, I guess. BTW, I know how to add my contribution. I've not been up there in over 2 or 3 years since it started to get popular, so I don't feel I should give a rating on anything at this point in time. I was just trying to state what I remembered hearing from others. Aug 6, 2009
Morrison, CO
Monomaniac   Morrison, CO  
No sweat, Jason. Get outta there as soon as you can! Aug 7, 2009
Chip Phillips
Broomfield, CO
Chip Phillips   Broomfield, CO
FWIW, this problem was never referred to as "Indian Ladder" by the developers. Indian Ladder is at The Bog in the Poudre. Same developers. Nov 4, 2009
Kai Huang
Aurora, CO
Kai Huang   Aurora, CO
Beta video: Jun 25, 2010

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