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Wind Ridge 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Layton Kor and Jane Bendixon. 1959 of 5.8 variation: Phil Olinick
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Submitted By: Matt Bauman on Jan 1, 2001

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  • Description 

    Original start (5.6):
    Start at the left end of the tower and next to a tree at the base of the obvious arete. Go left up the obvious, wide gully, and traverse right onto the face. Once you top onto the flake go around the corner onto the west face. From this point on, the climbing eases and follows a crack with good holds to a large ledge where a belay can be set up.

    Alternative start (5.8):
    Pitch 1: start out around left corner of the tower (northwest), and go up awkward an awkward flake with good pro. This is the 5.8 start. Head right onto west face and follow this crack and nice holds straight up the face to big ledge and belay. Alternate start: go up left of flake for 20 feet and traverse onto face.

    Pitch 2: go right on small ledge to larger crack with a powerful crank to get into the crack, and follow it as it zig-zags and gets thinner then much wider...then to offwidth section ... and up to big ledge with small cave for belay (pro in small cave for belay). You can traverse off here leftward on 4th class terrain.

    Pitch 3: surmount an amazing roof with various contortions to get situated on a flake. Aliens are helpful here. Proceed up on slightly loose rock to a tree above another bulge. Belay here. Caution: there are lots of loose rocks here.

    Pitch 4: traverse leftward on an amazing but easy walkway. Angle down to a notch, 80 feet. Long slings are useful. Find a 2 bolt rappel station and rappel. Scramble back to the base.

    Protection 

    Standard rack.


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    Rock Climbing Photo: The Southwest face of the Wind Tower, showing the ...
    BETA PHOTO: The Southwest face of the Wind Tower, showing the ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Awkward move off of belay ledge at start of 3rd pi...
    Awkward move off of belay ledge at start of 3rd pi...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Breezy and Wind Ridge.  Walk off after two pitches...
    BETA PHOTO: Breezy and Wind Ridge. Walk off after two pitches...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Silhouetted on a warm March day.
    Silhouetted on a warm March day.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Wind Ridge with the flake start.  The first two pi...
    BETA PHOTO: Wind Ridge with the flake start. The first two pi...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Peter about to finish pitch 1, right before him an...
    Peter about to finish pitch 1, right before him an...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Cheryl leading the 5.8 variation.
    Cheryl leading the 5.8 variation.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Yvonne D'Andrea leading the second pitch.
    Yvonne D'Andrea leading the second pitch.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Climber on Wind Ridge.
    Climber on Wind Ridge.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Kurt Komarnitsky catches some rays on the belay le...
    Kurt Komarnitsky catches some rays on the belay le...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Wind Ridge from the bottom.
    Wind Ridge from the bottom.
    Rock Climbing Photo: The opening sequence.  Follow the chalk :-)
    BETA PHOTO: The opening sequence. Follow the chalk :-)
    Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Harris and company at P2 belay station for Wi...
    Mike Harris and company at P2 belay station for Wi...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Off the ledge.
    Off the ledge.
    Rock Climbing Photo: 2nd pitch of Wind Ridge, Eldorado Canyon.  Just of...
    2nd pitch of Wind Ridge, Eldorado Canyon. Just of...
    Rock Climbing Photo: The 5.8 start.
    The 5.8 start.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling through the roof on pitch 3.  Good view of...
    Pulling through the roof on pitch 3. Good view of...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Matt seconding Wind Ridge.
    Matt seconding Wind Ridge.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Amanda on the Classic West Ridge, with the Bastile...
    Amanda on the Classic West Ridge, with the Bastile...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Carl placing the first piece on the start of Wind ...
    Carl placing the first piece on the start of Wind ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: November 01, '02.
    November 01, '02.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Another shot of the 5.8 start.  A one-move wonder,...
    BETA PHOTO: Another shot of the 5.8 start. A one-move wonder,...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Weird butt-rest on pitch 3.
    Weird butt-rest on pitch 3.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Jason Deugan at the first belay of Wind Ridge.
    Jason Deugan at the first belay of Wind Ridge.

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    By Michael Komarnitsky
    Founding Father
    From: Seattle, WA
    Jan 1, 2001

    A FANTASTIC route! I especially recommend taking the direct line from the start (moving up, then directly out right). I think the third pitch is a fun finish, though lots of people walk off after two. Power up, behind, and through the massive flake and over the roof. Plus you get a beautiful view of the plains when you finish.
    By Barry Gereb
    Jun 29, 2001

    If you are willing to give up the luxury of the huge belay ledge, you can get a much better belay anchor after P1. Traverse right about 6 feet as you approach the ledge and set your anchor in the hand/fist crack. There is a generous ledge to stand on and a great place to stack the rope at your feet.
    By Brice W
    Jul 31, 2001

    I tried the alternate belay after the first pitch, and it does offer much better pro than the traditional large ledge with the piton-scarred crack. I think you could also run the first two pitches together with a 60M rope as long as your belayer wasn't too far from the bottom of the first pitch. The third pitch is a fun way to finish the climb, but the start always feels way more strenuous than 5.6 to me. Of course, that may have more to do with my lack of finesse or grace than actual difficulty.
    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Aug 8, 2001
    rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

    This route is clean, solid, and generally safe- to this day it is my favorite solo in Eldo.

    The first pitch starts out with a few nice body-english moves that are easy for andvanced climbers, but harder for novices. The first-pitch crux comes at a 1.5" cam and a big move to a solid flake. Shorter people will find this 5.8 or harder. Tall people will say 5.7. The rest of the pitch is straight forward climbing to a ledge. From the ledge, walk out to the right and climb a short handcrack section. This can be a second crux for some people, but only until you step off of the shelf one move, then the climbing eases up again, and goes up to the next big ledge. Beginners should walk off here, as the rest of the climbing and protection becomes difficult and the rock deteriorates. The descent from the 3rd pitch also is more problematic. If you want to complete the climb (5.8) do the third pitch by pulling up and into one of the biggest hanging flakes in Eldo. Place a cam of tricam in the slightly rounded crack and move upwards. This move can be harder for large people who can not stuff themselves in behind the flake.
    By Matt White
    Mar 24, 2002

    The flake-roof thing on pitch three is bizarre. Difficulty is definitely body-size dependent. I'm big, and that made it much harder than 5.6. There is a bombproof nut in the crack just above and behind the flake, and the moves up out of the flake are made easier by a good fingerlock and small incut holds above the roof. There is no pro for 10 feet or so once you've turned the roof. Don't fall here, or you'll hit the big ledge. Beginners should probably walk off.
    By Leo Paik
    Administrator
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Mar 26, 2002
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    There are multiple ways to do the roof on P3. You can move up and squeeze behind the flake with your back and then your butt. You can crank the flake and reach right into the crack and sit your butt on the flake. You can face climb the flake and heel hook it and straddle the bugger. I'm sure there are other ways. About 6 ft right is a 5.8s roof and about 12 ft right is a 5.5 sort-of crack/corner above the direct finish to Tigger. Lots of options. The traverse off (P4) to the notch is airy 4th class.
    By Zachary Markis
    Apr 3, 2002

    Best route of the Wind Tower! I love the exposure on the second pitch! Belays are perfect, nice rock and beautiful views! The third pitch does have kind of a tricky start--you have to pull up into this big bowl...but, worth it!
    By Scott Thompson
    Apr 17, 2002

    Superb route!! [Can't] say enough good about it. bring up to a 3.5 friend or equivalent for the fist crack (albeit short) section on the second pitch.
    By Anonymous Coward
    May 23, 2002

    I did this route several months ago and I distinctly remember the "Circus Move" (only way to describe it) that starts the third pitch off. I'm pretty small and it was still awkward to fit behind the little flake, hook a leg, and get up. It has to be harder than 5.6. I used a black Metolius cam in a crack as far as I could reach up and to the right. It seemed pretty bomber but I still think there's a chance of bottoming out if you fall while you're pulling over the hump(...especially if your belayer is enjoying the weather).

    I made the mistake of looking for a descent on the other side of the route. BAD IDEA! My partner wanted to rap off some sling around a tree that was gonna take some (probably) 5.4 traversing over about a hundred foot drop into the little stream. I wasn't beat for that so I looked around and found two shiny bolts 30 feet straight to the left from the top. These drop you off on a nice path back to the first pitch. I'm glad I found these. Keep an eye out.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Jul 16, 2002

    Did this yesterday, just hours before a wedding we had to go to. The flake is the [highlight] - it's a real gem of a problem. The pro goes in a great jam spot, so you need to get creative about how you hold on. I had a pack on and still managed to get my butt cheek on the flake; results may vary, as somone mentioned. Great exposure, rests and belay spots are luxurious. The rock features are interesting and fun. The bolts to rappel down cannot be seen from the summit - you have to follow the ridge behind the climb and to the left to find them, but they're in great shape.
    By David Warriner
    Aug 13, 2002

    Did this on 8/9/2002. Great route lots of fun. We thought the 5.8 version was much easier than the "5.7" that is The Bastille Crack. Loved the third pitch in particular.
    By shad O'Neel
    Sep 19, 2002

    This route is really great- awesome position and exposure with easy climbing. The 5.8 start is much easier than the [Bastille]. The flake thing on the third pitch is harder to get out of than it is to get into, so make sure you protect (yellow alien worked well) it while chillin and gigglin on the flake. You can lock your legs behind it and flip upside down to wave at your belayer- so much fun.
    By Chris Fisher
    Oct 19, 2002

    I did this route a few days ago and also found the 5.8 start to be a bit easy. The rest of the route made for a very moderate tour of the ridge. All the placements were there for a nice long pitch.
    By Jay Hippel
    From: Denver, CO
    May 23, 2003

    Great climb, ran 1st 2 pitches into 1 with ease. 5.8 start is a piece of cake and the better start. This route takes as many small nuts as you can carry. Good stuff all around.
    By William McGehee
    From: Choctaw, OK
    Sep 12, 2003

    To clarify AC's remark about the rappel, I THINK he/she meant to say the bolts are 300' to the North, not 30... Make a correction on that one however. Get on the east side of the ridge heading North from the summit, traverse/scramble about 200' North to a 20' wide gap in the ridge running E-W. The bolts are North facing in the gap. Another thing to consider is the downclimb from the bolts. Look for a small, dark "mail-slot" for your left hand on the way down, but other than that, it's 2 15' sections at about 5.5. Hope this keeps everyone else from being goobers like me and scrambling all over the Tower for 45 minutes looking for the rap!
    By ROC
    From: Englewood, CO
    Jan 26, 2004

    Great climb for begining leaders. Good pro the whole way and solid stances to place gear. Only did the 1st pitch cause of fading daylight. Was able to top rope this from the huge belay ledge for my sister in law. You can scramble around up the trail to get your gear off. Not recommended to top rope during the busy time of day as this will clog the route for others. Can't wait to go back to tag the summit. I also agree that the 5.8 start is a much better alternative.
    By Legs Magillicutty
    From: Durango
    Apr 21, 2004
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Cruised this route last night after work in the blazing wind! The most difficult part of the entire climb was locating the rap and that wasn't even that hard. The flake on P1, totally not 5.8, not by Eldo standards anyway. More like 5.7-. P2, the offwidth section mentioned below the thin crack felt more like a chimney to me. That thing swallowed me whole. I didn't see any pro but protected it just below. P3, beginner or not, go for it. 1-2 moves and it's over. Use what your mamma gave you and go for the butt smear. The exposure on the entire climb was more like a nice view. I don't recall ever getting that feeling of being overly exposed but it was very nice nonetheless! Super nice Eldo moderate, well deserving of all 3 stars.
    By DanMoore
    Apr 29, 2004

    I climbed Wind Ridge yesterday, and with a 60 m rope was easily able to combine the first two pitches into one great, varied, protectable, quality pitch (I did use a fair number of runners). I'd always stopped at the big belay ledge before, but linking the pitchs is a great way to end the day when you're climbing with experienced folks.
    By tim naylor
    May 10, 2004
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Chossy getting onto arete after the flake at the start and a few loose flakes higher up. Good to do first 2 pitches as 1 with 60m rope. Bring radios if you like to hear each other.
    By Michael Kullman
    Jun 1, 2004
    rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

    Super fun route. Other than the start of p1 and p3 the climbing is very easy. Almost not worth doing p3 because the rock is somewhat loose and chossy at that point and the descent is more of a pain. Still, the opening moves on p3 make it worth doing once, bizzare but fun.
    By Joseph Proulx
    Jun 1, 2004
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Pitch 1 is quite fun. The start seems easier than 5.8 to me; the face above it seems hard for a 5.6. Pitch 2 has some pretty good climbing, but a lot of scrambing. I didn't do the third pitch. It's possible my impression of the route was diminished by the wind on Sunday.

    I left behind a nut on pitch 2. I was too lazy to sling the fixed tricam near it, and I thought the placement would come out with no trouble. I suppose could have gotten wedged as the rock cooled (or the nut warmed?) and changed dimensions slightly. Anyway, my partner couldn't get it out. If you can extract it, keep it. It's fairly new, and it's never taken a fall. Or I'll give you $5 for it if you don't want it - email me.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Jun 12, 2004

    Everone loves this climb, even though it is crowded it can be worth it or if you haven't done it in a few years. I'm amazed it is still rated anywhere from .6 to .8 but since there are a few variations to the first pitch, I will offer a 5.7 for the traditional route (getting onto the face of the 'ridge' after a few upward moves on the left side). At one time this was said to be the most travelled route in the state. Can anyone comment on this?
    By Larry Shaw
    Jul 5, 2004
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    The first two pitches were straight forward and easy..the roof on the last pitch was very [weird]. I would give the roof a .7 or .8...first two pitches are easily made into one pitch.
    By Jeremy
    From: Boulder, CO
    Sep 17, 2004
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Did this route again yesterday after work. It's ultra-fun and a nice chill route to take you out of the workday. I have done the (8?) start both times and find it VERY easy. The butt flake on the last pitch is a must do. Once.
    By Gary Schmidt
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 29, 2004

    I have heard that there is a third option to the start that goes at 5.7 by traversing under the flake around to the face. I gave it a shot, but it looked pretty dubious to me around the corner, so I backed off. Decided to head up the ramp to the left (which though rated easier is maybe just as tricky as the 5.8 flake probably depending on your stature) and found it to be a bit hard to protect. But after one committing move, you are home free. You can easily protect the traverse back over the flake by hitching a sling over an obvious horn. From then on, the climbing is just pure fun.
    By Gary Schmidt
    From: Boulder, CO
    Dec 1, 2004

    Did this climb again today. This time added on pitch three, but avoided the roof start by climbing a 5.8 little dihedral about 8 ft to the south of the roof. There is loose rock on the third pitch so be extra careful if you know there are people below, which there almost always is on this popular route. Personally, in MHO after doing it, i don't think you are missing much by bailing after pitch 2.
    By Guy H.
    From: Fort Collins CO
    Dec 29, 2004

    With a 70m rope you can combine all three pitches into one great lead. With a 60m rope, you will need to simul-climb the last 15-20ft to the summit.
    By Cody Munger
    From: Carson City, NV
    May 10, 2005
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Overall, this is a fun one to drag a beginner up. The big flake on the third pitch was vaguely hard due to the lack of bomber hand holds. At least until I figured out that I need to stand on the flake.

    After pulling the overhang I decided the standard finish up to the tree looked too easy, so I picked a line that goes to the right. The rock here is extremely loose, most of the holds grate when you grab them, the rocks are covered with lichen, the pro would hold as long as the rock didn't pop off when you fell on it. Do not go that way unless you like dropping rocks on your partners and hikers below.
    By Jo Holloway
    Apr 24, 2006

    Lovely route. The climbing is mostly 5.6/7, with fun little cruxes (5.8) to start pitches two and three. Don't bail on the third pitch if the weather permits. The flake moves really brings together the whole experience of this route. Be the flake!
    By Buff Johnson
    Jun 5, 2006
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    P1- Used orange Alien, medium hex/large nut for the flake, then small nuts for the rest of the first pitch; or purple Alien for the 5.6 move (I thought the harder variant was more secure). Used a variety on the second pitch, up to 2" seemed ok, don't need a full rack for this route. Cordalette for the belay at top of P2 slung around a boulder seems all that would be solid. Fun route.
    By josh14432
    Nov 14, 2006

    Good route.

    Look for a crack in the back-right side of the cave to belay from for third pitch. Also, it's easier to go left about two feet and climb "over" the weirdness instead of wedging yourself in at the beginning of the third pitch.
    By Merlin
    From: Grand Junction
    Mar 21, 2007
    rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

    I've lead the 5.8 variation 3 times and followed it once. It runs somewhere in between Reggae and Mescaline for the couple moves up and over the flake so call it a 5.7+,5.8-? The rest of the route is 5.6 except for the two roofy variations after the second belay which are hard for me to rate. Except for the move out of the belay, I generally hate the third pitch and have walked off twice. Too much loose rock up higher on the Wind Tower to be much fun.
    By Mark Griffin
    From: Boulder, CO
    Sep 21, 2007

    Climbed this yesterday (9/20/07). The Flake at the start of pitch one made some awful creaking noises, and I am not a big person by any means... use caution. Then again, maybe it was just a hungry chipmunk hiding in the crack. The rest of the route is great, solid. We combined most of p2 into the first and belayed just below the ledge with the hanging flake at a short hand crack that has an old bong. If you're doing the final pitch this makes it a little longer, more enjoyable.
    By Scott Rogers
    From: Moab, UT
    Feb 28, 2008

    Linked up this route in 2 pitches. It is possible with a 60m or a 70m rope and some longer runners instead of the normal draws. Fun route though. The crux was easy and well protected. The rest of the route was fun and beautiful. Highly recommended.
    By climber73
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    May 19, 2008

    One of the most enjoyable climbs I've done at Eldo. Very secure, pro everywhere, and just plain fun. I will definitely go back to climb it again. The bulge off the ledge is a blast!!
    By GMBurns
    Sep 24, 2008
    rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c PG13

    Did the 5.8 variation at the start. All three pitches makes this worthwhile.
    By Phil Lauffen
    From: The Bubble
    Feb 1, 2009

    The 5.8 start is pretty soft for the grade. Do the roof to the right off the second belay pitch for some added spice on two finger pockets and no pro. This way is more difficult than the large jug to the left.
    By patrick morrow
    From: lafayette
    Jun 2, 2009

    There is a big stinky cheese husky sitting atop the 2nd pitch. Bring your nose plugs and fly swatter.
    By Jake Kay
    From: Jackson WY
    Jun 17, 2009
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Enjoyed the whole route. Lead the third pitch, which has a very awkward but sweet roof move. Once you get it, you can wedge yourself in there an relax with your back on the flake. 5.7
    By Evan S
    From: Erie, CO
    Sep 3, 2009
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    Compared to other ratings in the canyon, this seemed like 5.6 or easy .7 to me. It was one of my earliest trad leads and I was never sketched, but I'm 6'2" and have a big reach, so I'm sure that factors in a lot. My dad's been climbing in Eldo since the '70s and told me they always called it 5.6, for what it's worth.
    By S. F. Pitman
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jan 19, 2010
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    I took some friends from Florida on their first outdoor climbing excursion up this route last Saturday. One of them had zero climbing experience. The initial moves were a little sporty, but all of them wound up sending them clean. I have a hard time giving this anything more than 5.7. Maybe I'm thinking in the context of the whole route (which I don't think ever gets harder than 5.6 after that first flake) it seems strange to call this 5.8 (at least by Eldo standards), which I guess isn't necessarily fair.

    Anyway, this was a great climb: aesthetic, provides some good training opportunities for things like anchor building and proper gear placement, as well as diverse climbing (gotta love those 5 foot Eldorado hand cracks :) ). I'd recommend it to folks who lead well above the grade, even just as a cooldown, because it was plain fun.
    By SW Marlatt
    From: Arvada, CO
    Mar 12, 2010
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Erickson's original guide called it 5.6 - which maybe seems a little soft, if Calypso is also .6, but it certainly isn't any 5.8. Fun route.
    By George K. Watson
    From: Nederland, CO
    Aug 15, 2010

    Did this today for the first time in years. The start is probably not as hard as rated though it is a bit awkward. The second pitch has a bunch of useless fixed gear in it that probably should be pounded out. I almost lost a #1 Camalot on the first pitch when the trigger wires all pulled! I was able to get it after we finished using a nut tool to work the cams.
    By Brown Guy
    From: Lafayette, CO
    Oct 21, 2010
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    Great route. 5.8 alternative start felt more like stiff 5.6 or 5.7 (my height - 5'11" and reach helped). The 3rd pitch is real easy once you surmount the roof, and I'll probably avoid that part if I climb this route again. My experience level: 15-20 trad leads at the 5.5 - 5.8 level to date.
    By Robert Buswold
    From: Northglenn, CO
    Oct 31, 2010

    Had a good time on this route. That roof is fun, but gotta get set up right the first time! I screwed up and ended up straddling the flake. Once I got my feet right, it wasn't too hard. The only pro I could find here was a nut placement to the right.
    By Ryan Day Thompson
    From: Phoenix, Arizona
    Nov 24, 2010

    Is it just me or is that opening flake super hollow sounding? As lovely as it looked we went around it. Just seems sketch....
    By Rodger Raubach
    Mar 12, 2011
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    After all the years, there are still loose rocks on the Wind Tower! This is a classic easy route that waylays many many Noobs. It's probably an "Eldorado Sandbag." I've lost count of how many times I climbed this route.
    By Robbie Flick
    From: Denver, CO
    May 21, 2011

    What a fun route...the direct start is fantastic, a little harder but secure the whole way through. I found the beginning of P3 (big bucket flake) to be disproportionately difficult compared to the rest of the route; flopped myself in there a few times before hauling a leg over and getting a quasi-"rest".
    By NickinCO
    From: colorado
    Jun 14, 2011

    Pitch 2 is awesome! Pitch 3 start is fun then loose rock at the top. thought the route as a whole was easier than Calypso, definitely not 5.8 (doesn't even come close to the Ruper). This was also my first climb in Eldo.
    By Canon
    Jun 28, 2011
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    The first 30ft was the hardest part. The rest was a very enjoyable cruise. Set a belay at the top of P1 in the fist crack about 8ft right of the standard ledge - much better placements. Lots of ancient, destroyed gear on P2. On P3 I did a pull up, heel hooked the flake, and humped my way onto it. My follower cleaned my cam above it, finger jammed, and sat his butt up onto it. The rest of P3 is chossy and run-out, but easy. The views make it worth it, but watch out for sap on that tree just short of the summit. 5.6.
    By gordwah
    From: colorado
    Aug 2, 2011

    The fourth pitch is the best. It has this huge hueco hold that you can sit in!
    By Austin Cooner
    Jan 27, 2013
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Great climb! Definitely not 5.8, 7+ at most. Stellar climb to pull a beginner up. Summit pitch is not bad, although it does have some loose rock. The best descent from the summit is to downclimb or rap off a tree at the northeast corner of the tower before you get to the ridge, then walk north parallel to the steel cable to get to the rings in a notch.
    By William Thiry
    From: Lakewood, CO
    Mar 26, 2014
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    One of the best 5.7s in the country.
    By Andres Fernandez
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Sep 14, 2014
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    We did this today starting at about 9:30 AM. Best to get an earlier start before a lot of people come up.

    I would say the 2nd pitch is the best of 3 pitches going to the top. The hand/forearm jams along with the body jam closer to the top of the 2nd pitch were great. 1st and 3rd are next best, respectively, IMO. 3rd start pull-up is very hard. I'd say that's more 5.7, since hard to find handholds once you get up on it. We had a bigger party member try and he had to walk off instead of gaining on the pitch.

    Belay stations are huge and plenty of space for 2-3 parties if need be.

    It is tricky to find the rap bolts, but you have to follow the northeast or north ridge line for about 80-100 feet. Stay on the ridge line then drop down to the east after about 20 feet where old cables are strewn about. In guidebooks, there is no pitch 4 listed. As you follow the ridge line down (first from the ridge and then 20-30 below it), you see the notch on your left.
    By Andrew Locke
    From: Louisville, CO
    Oct 28, 2014
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    One of my favorite climbs ever, but only 5.8 for a couple of cruxes. The rest is straightforward, probably in the 5.6 range. I can't really call it 5.7 because the start of the 3rd pitch, but don't let the rating scare you off if 5.8 is pushing it for you. Get on it!
    By Jerimiah Gentry
    From: Denver, CO
    Oct 31, 2014

    If you were the dude in the red Eldora hoody (or your partner) on 30 Oct, I may have a piece of your gear. PM and I'll get it back to you.

    Jerimiah.
    By Jim Fox
    From: Westminster, CO
    Mar 15, 2015
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

    Climbed this today with my son on a beautiful 75 degree March day. Lots of people at Eldo and lots waiting to get on Wind Ridge. I attempted to do the 1st two pitches as one to speed up our ascent, but rope drag got pretty bad and I stopped and belayed on a great ledge about 25 feet below the walkoff ledge. Made for a really short second pitch, but I don't recommend this due to the rope drag at the traverse. I did the traditional start, however (not sure why), and one would expect less drag if doing the 5.8 start.

    Thanks to the climber who flipped my rope over the bulge - it really helped with rope drag.

    Didn't do the 3rd pitch this time but have on prior ascents, and it's an OK pitch but a much longer descent.

    5.6 seems right to me. Can get pro in pretty much anywhere you want/need to.
    By SYLA
    May 17, 2015

    An awesome classic route. It is mostly easy 5.6, but for a short person (I am 5.2), the start requires some thinking and good layback skills. The third pitch is really awkward.
    By Theodore Morrow
    From: Golden, Co
    Feb 23, 2016
    rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13

    Good route, super fun, protects very well, and good for a beginner leader perhaps. Belays are easy to set up as well. This was maybe my 10th trad climb, and I never had any problems. Did the 5.8 start, and it was fun. The rest of the route is very easy, 5.6 seems fair. Highly recommend you do this, pretty fun route.
    By Becca Droz
    Mar 22, 2016

    Lost gear: I took my friend out for his first multi pitch on Monday 3/21. We went up Wind Ridge and got down at around 5:00pm. My buddy was scared. In his fearful state he left a BD 0.4 (grey) cam in the wall on the 2nd pitch (or 2nd part of the first long pitch). I went back that night with another friend and re-climbed it in the full moon, a great experience, but unfortunately the gear wasn't there. Did anyone happen to snag it on Monday evening? Thanks! email beccadroz@gmail.com please.
    By Marshall Winter
    From: Boulder, CO
    Apr 12, 2016
    rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    For anyone who is looking at their phone from the top of the route going "where the hell are the rap rings?" - the obvious notch in the cliff (not so obvious until you see it or know it's there) is a full 250-300 feet, climber's left, from the tree belay. Very, very, very fun route :)
    By Benandstuff
    From: Winston-Salem, NC
    May 23, 2016
    rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

    That flake move at the start of the 3rd pitch is definitely harder than 5.6 or 5.7. It's just so polished, my leg never really felt super secure hooked around it. The finger locks you would use to stand up on it are polished as well. I ended up using crimps on the face to stand up. If not for that part the rest of the climb is 5.6 (unless doing the direct flake on the first pitch).
    By Dan Evans
    From: N Scottsdale, AZ
    May 24, 2016
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    Flake variation on the start of P1 is 5.7 and the roof pull on P3 is 5.8. Everything else is easy 5.6 and eats up gear (especially nuts). Probably won't ever lead P3 again, not really worth it a second time. Summit is cool if you haven't been up there though.
    By charlienw
    Jul 12, 2016

    I'm not sure where the regular belay spot on top of p1 is, but I set up a belay in the hand crack at the very beginning of the second pitch. The belay was really uncomfortable, and I was kind of laying inside of the wide crack to the right of the ledge.... Is that the spot where the belay is usually set up?
    By tkessel
    From: Windsor,CO
    Dec 11, 2016
    rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    Super fun route! Did the 5.8 start, really good solid moves, protects well. Rest of the route is great! Lots of pro, and the flake up top is lots of fun, pretty easy.
    By Michael Underwood
    From: Denver, CO
    Jul 6, 2017
    rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

    I love this route and climb it to the summit just about every time. A little beta for first-timers:

    (1) You can easily link P1 and P2 with a 60m rope. As one pitch, this is about 180 feet and doesn't wander very much. A couple of long slings, and you won't even have any rope drag. For the belay at the top of P2, a rope or cordelette around one of the two huge boulders on the ledge makes a secure anchor. There's also a bomber V-thread right below the ledge if you want something more. As for gear when linking pitches, I usually bring a single rack to #3 Camalot plus some extra nuts when linking pitches. If you're doing this for the first time and want to really sew it up, you might want a double rack to #3 and enough slings or quickdraws to put in at least 12-15 pieces of gear.

    (2) You can walk off after P2, but P3 is worth doing just for the fun introductory move on the huge horn and because you get to summit. Once you're sitting on the horn, you can place gear from a no-hands rest and then pull the next (slightly insecure) move onto a pitch of cruiser climbing. Take your time building an anchor on the chossy summit just past the big tree.

    (3) Though the route description above mentions a fourth pitch, there's really no P4. Most people unrope and scramble off the summit by way of a ridge traverse, which is followed by an easy downclimb, a scramble across some boulders, and a quick rappel back into the descent gully that leads to the start of the route.
    By S2k4life
    From: beaver creek, CO
    Aug 7, 2017

    I think it is very noteworthy to say you can climb straight up from the approach trail, beneath said mapped start of Wind Ridge beneath the ledge with the tree at low angle boulder. It's fun, easy, extra 30 feet of climbing and still can go in 2 long nice pitches with 60m plenty of gear and slings. Also this beginning variation takes good gear and is at least 5.5 and more fun then hiking a little further up the trail and starting where "everyone else does".

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