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Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Aardvark T,TR 
Animal Instinct S 
Animal Magnetism S 
Animal Riots Activist S 
Animation aka Jaycene's Dance S 
Automatic Choke T,TR 
Balance, The T,S 
Beast Food Left S 
Beast Food Right S 
Blame it on a Rush of Blood to the Head T,S 
Blockhead S 
Cannabis Sportiva T,S 
Closer To God S 
Cold Snap T 
Crack Corner T 
Cujo Tranquilizer S 
Days of Future Passed aka Our Future Has Passed S 
Dihedral T,TR 
Evolution Revolution S 
Familiar Strangers T 
Feeding The Beast (aka Beast Food) T,S 
Fifth Destiny, The S 
Fifth World, The T,S 
Free Willie S 
Geritol Generation T,TR 
Global Gorilla S 
Gull Whackers T 
Hands of Destiny S 
Hope and Pray T,S 
Is It Ready Yet...Moe S 
Isn't Life Strange S 
Joint Venture S 
Krakatoa T 
Laurel & Hardy Meet Abbott & Costello S 
Lazy Day S 
Lovely to See You T,S 
Melancholy Man S 
New Beginnings S 
Nice To Be Here S 
Old Dihedral T 
Piles of Trials S 
Pit Bull Prowser S 
Reversal Roof S 
Ride My See-saw S 
Split Personality S 
Strange Times T,S 
Sundog S 
Talking Out Of Turn S 
Threshold Of A Dream S 
Triple Play T 
Tuesday Afternoon S 
Unfamiliar Strangers S 
We Don't Do Crack T 
Wine and Roses T 

Animal World Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Peter Franzen on Jan 1, 2001  with updates from Nathan Kofahl and 1 more


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The Lower Animal World crag contains a good selection of bolted sport routes, as well as a handful of moderate crack climbs. The upper Animal World cliff contains about 15 superb bolted sport climbs, with most falling in the 5.11-5.12+ range. A few will require either two ropes to get down, or need to be done a couple of pitches (bolted belay stations are provided for these climbs). The rock quality is fantastic, and all of the routes are well bolted and are of the highest quality. The cliff is divided into two sides by an arete, and most of the climbs lie on the left side.


Lower Cliff
A. Aardvark, 9-, 1p, 50', gear or TR.
B1. Crack Corner, 7, 1p, 50', gear.
B2 or C. Triple Play, 10a, 1p, 50', gear & bolts.
D. Animal Riots Activist, 12-, 1p, 45', bolts.
E. Piles of Trials, 12, 1p, 40', bolts.
F. Automatic Choke, 12. 1p, 50', gear.
G. Cannabis Sportiva, 10, 1p, 100', bolts & gear.
H. Old Dihedral, 8, 1p, 45', gear.
I. Feeding The Beast (aka Beast Food), 12, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.
J. Joint Venture, 11-, 1-2p, 100', bolts.
above I & J. Beast Food Left, 12, 1p, 85', bolts.
above I & J.. Beast Food Right, 12, 1p, 85', bolts.
K. Gull Whackers, 8, 1p, 95', gear & bolts.
L. Animation aka Jaycene's Dance, 8, 1p, 100', originally gear, now bolts.
M. Familiar Strangers, 8, 1p, 80', gear.
N. Unfamiliar Stranger, 9, 1p, 85', bolts & gear.

O. Cold Snap, 11-, 1p, 80', gear & bolts.
P. Free Willie, 11-, 1p, <100', bolts.
Q. Days of Future Passed, 12-, 1p, <100', bolts, fixed pro.
R. Threshold Of A Dream, 12-, 1p, 70', bolts.
S. Nice To Be Here, 11-, 1p, 70', bolts.
T. Reversal Roof, 13-, 1p, bolts.
U. Lovely to See You, 12, 1p, 70', gear & bolts.
V. Tuesday Afternoon, 11, 1p, 75', bolts.
W. Melancholy Man, 11, 1p, 75', bolts & sling.
X. Is It Ready Yet...Moe, 9+, 1p, 80', bolts & gear.
Y. We Don't Do Crack, 9-, 1p, 50', gear.
Z. Lazy Day, 9+, 1p, 50', bolts.
AA. Dihedral, 7, 2-3p, gear.
BB. Laurel & Hardy Meet Abbott & Costello, 9+, 1p, 50', bolts.
CC. Geritol Generation, 9-, 50', gear.

Above AA and ...:
DD.. Ride My See-saw, 10-, 80', gear & bolts.
EE. Wine & Roses, 10+, 60', gear.
FF. Talking Out Of Turn, 10-, 1-2p, 115', bolts.
GG1. Split Personality, 12, 1p, 95', bolts.
GG2. Isn't Life Strange, 11, 2p, 105', bolts.
HH. POS or P2 of Dihedral, 7, 2p, gear.
II. Crack, 1p, gear.
JJ. Strange Times, 10+, 60', gear & bolts.
KK. The Balance, 11-, 75', gear & bolts.
LL. Hope and Pray, 8, 60', gear & bolts.

Upper Cliff
A. Krakatoa, 10, 2p, gear.
B. The Fifth World, 12, 1p, gear.
BC. The Fifth Destiny, 12+, 1p, bolts +/- gear.
C. Hands of Destiny, 12+, 2p, 60m rope req'd, gear & bolts.
D. Animal Instinct, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
E. Sundog, 12-, 1p, 60', bolts.
F. Evolution Revolution, 12, 1p, bolts.
G. Global Gorilla, 12, 1-3p, 170', bolts.
H. Animal Magnetism, 11, 1p, 110', bolts.
I. Animal Antagonizer, 13+?, 1p, bolts.
J. Cujo Magnetism, 12-, 1p, bolts.
K. Cujo Tranquilizer, 12-, 1p, 100', bolts.
L. Pit Bull Prowser, 13-, 1-2p, bolts.
M. Wandervogel, 11- R (crosses Cujo Tranquilizer), 2p, gear.
N. New Beginnings, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
O. Blame it on a Rush of Blood to the Head, 11+, 3p, 150', bolts & gear.

P.? ??, 11, 1p, 70', gear & bolts.

Getting There 

There are two ways to reach the Animal World cliffs. Park in the same pullout as the Boulderado (8.5 miles up the canyon, the parking is on the left just after a long sweeping right turn in the road), and walk up to the base of the Boulderado cliff. From the left (West) side of the Boulderado follow a trail straight up the hill until it branches right. Take this right turn (it should lead you above and behind the Boulderado cliff), until you see the Lower Animal World cliff up on your left.

To reach the Upper Animal World cliff, continue along the base of the Lower cliff (towards the right side of it) until you reach its end. The Upper cliff lies uphill and to the right of the Lower cliff. The upper cliff is almost 200 feet tall, and faces downhill.

A different approach can be made by walking right from the base of the Boulderado for 75 yards before heading straight uphill to the Upper cliff. Be EXTREMELY careful not to knock loose rocks down to the highway below, and while you're at it, try not to let yourself fall down onto the road either.

Per Nathan Kofahl: the parking area may be found with GPS coordinates:

39.9976515 / -105.416491 and viewed here.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.6 miles from here

54 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',23],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Animal World

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Animal World:
Animation aka Jaycene's Dance   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Familiar Strangers   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Is It Ready Yet...Moe   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 80'   
Unfamiliar Strangers   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Talking Out Of Turn   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches   
Cannabis Sportiva   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
Joint Venture   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches   
Free Willie   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Wine and Roses   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Isn't Life Strange   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 105'   
Animal Magnetism   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Threshold Of A Dream   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   
Animal Riots Activist   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Days of Future Passed aka Our Future Has Passed   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Sundog   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Piles of Trials   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Cujo Tranquilizer   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Animal Instinct   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Global Gorilla   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 170'   
Hands of Destiny   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 2 pitches   
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Featured Route For Animal World
Rock Climbing Photo: 02-28-2004

Animation aka Jaycene's Dance 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : Animal World
This description & its comments are combined. Since this was the earlier contribution, Jon Cannon's was merged into this one.A great warm up or a good lead for 5.8 climbers (it's "Turbo Bitchin'," according to a friend of mine). Jugs are plentiful on this vertical face. The route is on the Lower Animal World cliff, and ascends an obvious line of bolts in the middle of a tall vertical face. The route lies just right of 'Joint Venture.'This route is located on the wall fa...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Anonymous Coward
Apr 24, 2003
I have seen very serious accidents on these bends caused by rockfall. While the chances are these were due to natural causes, it's not worth the risk. Take the usual approach, and save someone's life.
By Anonymous Coward
Jun 7, 2005
When you are walking up to Animal World there is another small crag about 50 feet above the trail when the trail heads right over the top of Boulderado.

The rock has about 5 lines. The two middle ones share an anchor, the left is probably 9+ or 10 - and the right side is probably 12. Off to the right is an easy route, probably 5.6 The routes are maybe 35 - 40 ft high.

Does anyone know if these routes are on this site? They're not stellar, but not too bad.
By ac
Jun 8, 2005
Mine Hole Crag, it is on this site.
By Joe Collins
Jun 8, 2005
The harder one was put up by Jim Hone and goes at 11d. He showed this route to me when I first moved to Boulder 4 years ago. I suspect he put up the other routes as well.
By Greg Hand
From: Golden, CO
Jun 8, 2005
Look for those routes under "Mine Hole Crag". They are all reasonably enjoyable, with the 5.12 beyond my current limits. Make sure you finish off the visit with the 5.8 crack on the right. :)_
By Joe Collins
Jun 8, 2005
I looked up "Mine Hole Crag"... the route I was referring to is a different one: "Ruff Roof". Apparently there are more climbs up there than I thought.
By Julius Beres
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 3, 2008
I guess I made the same mistake as others here and went to Mine Hole Crag while looking for lower Animal World.

Lower Animal World is pretty much directly above and to the right of Boulderado. We initially went too far up and were traversing above Lower Animal World... To get to that crag, take the right just as you get to the top of Boulderado (I thought that right was just for the getting to the anchors of Boulderado and continued on...) Now that I know the way, it is only a 5 minute walk in, but I can see how people can easily go too far up.
By lukas hill
Mar 9, 2009
Lost my Canon point 'n' shoot up there on 3/7/09. If you found it can, you call Lukas at 720-381-8159 or drop it by Neptune's Mountaineering.
By Brent Apgar
From: Out of the Loop
Apr 14, 2009
To the Admin-
It's nice the way the Animal World home page is organized w/ all the routes listed starting from one side of the cliff, even if there isn't a pg. specifically for every route. It helps immensely when trying to figure out the overall layout of the area. It would be great if more of the pages describing an area were organized this way.
Just my 2cents worth.
cheers, BA
By Joshua Merriam
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 15, 2009
Blockhead is between I. and J.
By Adamatrix
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 18, 2011
Left a rope on top of the Boulderado Wall under the large pine tree, after climbing at Animal World. Anybody pick it up Tuesday July 12 2011? Any info, please email adamatrix1@gmail.
By Ben Weisman
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 23, 2012
Hey I found a pair of small Skigear snow/rain pants on the approach to Animal World last Thursday. Let me know what name is on the tag, and I'll get them back to you!
By Armin Colorado
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 14, 2013
Found: pair of reading glasses at the crag, looks like they may have been there for a couple weeks....
By Christina kalb
From: Boulder, CO
May 26, 2014
I found a belay device at Lower Animal World on May 26. Describe it and I'll get it back to you.
By Pete S
From: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Jul 2, 2014
Found 1 green and grey US 6 Cypher lace up shoe on lower portion of AW approach on 6/30. Leaving town 7/3. I'll leave it in the Movement lost and found if not contacted today. masonjarmusic[at}
By Kimberley Flores
Nov 14, 2015
LOST--silver Grigri at Animal World in Boulder Canyon mid-October. Text me at 760-920-7106 if found--thanks!
By Anneliese Steel
Jun 3, 2016
Hey folks,

If you're headed out to climb at Animal World this weekend, would you mind keeping an eye out for my wedding ring? I lost it this afternoon (Friday, June 3rd) while climbing at the lower cliffs, and I think it fell out of my pack on the descent. It's a gold band that looks like three twigs wound together.

Bottle of whiskey to anyone who finds it!


Anneliese - 607.232.3278,
Rock Climbing Photo: Lost wedding ring.
Lost wedding ring.
By Mark Gerken
Nov 21, 2016
FOUND: belay device by base of Animal Food. Please email a description of the device to, and I'll get that right back to you!

We apologize profusely if our pack placement caused any confusion!

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