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Black Toe Arete
Sport, 50 ft,
Avg: 2 from 1
> Canon City
> Shelf Rd
> Great Black North
Access Issue: This crag may be on Private Property!
The access situation here is a bit murky. According to "Shelf Road Rock", the crag is likely located on state land that is leased to a local rancher. Climbers should treat this area as though it were private property. Keep a low profile, leave your dogs at home, and keep the noise down.
This line doesn't look like much, but offers some intriguing arete climbing at a moderate grade. As with most of the black stone at Shelf, this rock is not as featured as it looks from the ground, so don't be fooled by the low angle.
Bushwhack up to the left side of the arete and begin easily up the crack, moving right, toward the arete as soon as possible. Easy moves split by good rests lead to a rooflet at mid-height. Cruxy moves work over the rooflet to another tricky section on poor feet just above.
~25 feet right of Skank-to-Crank, climbing the leftmost of two adjacent, black aretes.