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A. First Triangle Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Upper Tier overview.


This triangle is the furthest left in the Upper Tier formation and forms the west edge of the talus gully. A large growth of extra rock with a small juniper on top divides the bottom of the First Triangle into a left and right side, and the the two main routes here start from either side of the growth. The main rappel gully is between the First and Second Triangles.

Getting There 

It is best to use the rappel station at the top of the Upper Tier to reach the base of the climbs on the First Triangle. The main rappel will deposit you between the First and Second Triangles. It is also possible to scramble down to the base via the talus gully next to the First Triangle, but this is steep and loose-- much less pleasant or erosion-friendly than the rappel.

To reach the top of the First Triangle from the upper approach, descend to the right from the sandy platform on top of the Second and Third Triangles. You can see the rappel station anchors next to you when you are standing on top of the First Triangle.

To reach the bottom of the First Triangle from below (not recommended), scramble below the other Triangles and keep heading left. However, the Upper Tier is generally not easily approached from below- it is steep and loose or grassy and slick. It is best to rap in from above.

Climbing Season

For the B. Upper Tier area.

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in A. First Triangle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for A. First Triangle:
Three Little Bats   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Three Little Bats 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Colorado : Golden : ... : A. First Triangle
This is a long route with very good face climbing up to and after the slanting roof. There is a traversing crux move (maybe the hardest on the route?) just below the roof and a reach to the jugs above the roof that is sometimes difficult to suss out. The upper face stays steep and offers a 5.9 spot or two of its own.A longer draw is recommended for the bolt just before the roof (the last one on the face below) to minimize rope drag, but there may still be some on the upper face. A 60 meter rope ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Upper Tier overview (updated- 2015).
BETA PHOTO: Upper Tier overview (updated- 2015).

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By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
May 17, 2015
The one route here is fun. I would say it is about 11a in difficulty. I hope the first ascentionist posts it on here soon.

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