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Combat Rock

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Across Enemy Lines T,S 
Arkansas Patriot (aka Wonderin' Where the Lions Are) T,S 
Battle Fatigue T 
Battle of Evermore T 
Battle of the Bulge (suggested name) T 
Blood for Oil S 
Camouflage T 
Diagonal T 
Eight Clicks to Saigon T,S 
Front Lines T 
GI Joe Does Barbie T,S 
Kasserine Pass T,S 
Lizzard Warrior S 
Monkey Lust T 
No More War T 
Nobody Here But Us Chickens S 
Nuclear Polka T 
Old Bolt Route T,S 
Pearl Harbor T,S,TR 
Rambo Santa S 
Saigon to Pearl Harbor T 
Stronghold T 
Tree Roof T,S 
Unknown 1 T,S 
Unknown 2 T,S 
Unknown 3 T,S 
Unknown 4 T,S 

Combat Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,741'
Location: 40.44204, -105.34428 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tyler Jones on May 20, 2002  with updates from Ken Duncan
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This south-facing 250-foot crag is a perfect spot to spend a day in the sun. With great quality granite, Combat Rock offers an assortment of discontinuous cracks, friction on the slabs, and a few roofs to jug over. Combat Rock would also be a great place to combine in a trip to Lumpy or anywhere else in the RMNP, since it's located between Loveland and Estes Park just outside the Big Thompson Canyon. It's not far off of Hwy 34, has a short approach, and consists of mainly one and two-pitch climbs, so the crag can easily be hit in the morning or late afternoon for a few hours. You need to be creative with the protection here. Other than the bolted faces, the flaring cracks can be difficult to get a good piece in. You will only need a small rack, consisting mainly of wired stoppers, CAMP tri-cams, and small cams up to a #1 camalot or #2 friend. There are a couple of routes, such as the second pitch of Diagonal, that you will need a couple of #2 camalots for the fist jams. It's also a good idea to bring two ropes, as most of the rappels are around 150 feet if you continue past the first pitch. There is walk-off descent, but it's definitely a hassle and takes longer than a couple back-to-back rappels.

Getting There 

From Denver - Take I-25 north to the Loveland exit. Head west on US 34 (Eisenhower Blvd in Loveland) for about 17 miles through the Big Thompson Canyon. Exit at the intersection of Drake and take a right onto Devil's Gulch Road. After a half mile, take another right onto Cedar Park Rd which is labeled "Forest Access." Follow the dirt road through some steep switchbacks for about a mile until Combat Rock is very apparent across the gulch. There's plenty of parking at a pulloff on the north side of the road. From the road, follow a path down into the gulch and up the other side directly to the base of the crag. Only about a 10-minute approach.

From Boulder - Take the Diagonal CO Hwy 119 to Longmont and head north on Main St, which turns into US Hwy 287. The Hwy will make an abrupt 90-degree right turn to the east at the Carter Lake turnoff in the town of Berthoud. I think the easiest way is to take your first left at the light and head north on Country Rd 7. This heads straight into Loveland where you can take your left on Eisenhower Dr (US 34) and follow into the mountains.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.8 miles from here

27 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Combat Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Combat Rock:
Rambo Santa   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 165'   
Old Bolt Route   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c PG13     Trad, Sport   
Tree Roof   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   
Diagonal   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   
Arkansas Patriot (aka Wonderin' Where the Lions Are)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
No More War   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
GI Joe Does Barbie   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
Nuclear Polka   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   
Saigon to Pearl Harbor   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   
Lizzard Warrior   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Pearl Harbor   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, TR, 2 pitches, 250'   
Eight Clicks to Saigon   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   
Unknown 4   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
Across Enemy Lines   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 130'   
Blood for Oil   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 2 pitches   
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Featured Route For Combat Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Christa at the crux of the first pitch.

Diagonal 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : Estes Park Valley : ... : Combat Rock
This route is the most popular on Combat and is the easiest to find. When you reach the base via the trail, you will most likely be right at Diagonal or just below it. It is the left-facing corner with the crack going up diagonally. You will need TWO ROPES to rappel from either belay station. This route can be done in either two or three pitches.Pitch 1: Follow the left leaning crack through some great finger jams and sketchy foot moves. The pro here is good if you have small enough cams. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Rapping off Combat, late day.
Rapping off Combat, late day.
Rock Climbing Photo: From the parking area.
BETA PHOTO: From the parking area.

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By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Jun 20, 2003
Does anyone know who put up the route "DMZ"? I would like to get permission to re-bolt the route with modern hardware, as the current 1/4" Leepers are in bad shape. Thanks in advance.
By John Shields
Aug 7, 2003

Craig Luebben probably put it up. If not, he'll know who did. He lives in Golden. I believe and can probably be reached through the Colorado Mountain School, the AMGA, or Climbing Magazine.

Cheers, John
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 19, 2003
Thanks, John!
By Squid
Aug 19, 2004
Just rebolt it..... I am sure whoever first put up the route will not be too worried about it, since you are making the route a bit safer with updated hardware.
By allen simons
Nov 6, 2004
Does anyone know anything about the ridge of rock across the road and up hill from the parking area? There are some bolted routes there and I have top roped some stuff as well as some boulder problems. Some of it looks good Also, The [slabby] face with the severe over hangs south across the gully has an old bolt in it on a route and I put up a route there back in 1994. We always called it [Pacifist Rock] in contrast to [Combat Rock]. It has some potential. Lastly, the slabs at the bottom of the gully as you approach combat provide some fun top ropine, everything from 5.6 to a tricky 5.11 slick slate start.
By Anonymous Coward
Dec 20, 2004
Within the last year I've noticed that an increasing number of carcasses and entrails have been dumped at or near the parking area for Combat rock. What is up with this, anyone?
By Eran Shileikis
From: Dysfunctional, CO
Feb 19, 2007
Bring very small cams w/ you when you climb here. I found several cracks where I could have placed a nice blue or black Alien (Metolius: #00 or #0, or C3: #0, #00). Too bad I didn't have any - DOH!!

Also, this is an excellent place to climb during warm winter spells (~50 deg F), as it is South Facing.
By allen simons
Nov 8, 2008
There are apparantly 3 new routes on the far upper right side of Combat, just right of Monkey Lust. I put in an anchor 6 weeks ago with the intent on placing some bolts on a new route. When I went back last week to finish the project, a new bolted line was in place left of my imagined line as well as two crack climbs, one right and one left. There are two new sets of anchors half way up the two crack lines. I pulled my mid face anchor that was 20 feet above one of the new anchors feeling that bolting my line at this point would seem contrived. I did (prior to discovering the new lines) place a two bolt anchor at the very top (160 feet) near a tree with slings on it. I have left it in place as an alternate rappel. The new routes look nice and I cant wait to jump on them.
Anyone want to own up to them, name them, and rate them??? Allen
By Bernard Gillett
Nov 8, 2008
Allen - not sure who installed the anchors and bolted route, though I top roped a line that followed cracks for the most part in that sector of the cliff several years ago, and cleaned out a few cracks in the process. I never felt compelled to return to do the work necessary to transform it into an attractive route.
By denise 911
From: fort collins, co
Jun 24, 2009
New anchors at the top of Arkansas Patriot - There's also a new set of anchors just to the left of the Arkansas Patriot anchors. New trad line?? Anybody know anything?
By Tanner Mitchell
From: Fort Collins CO
Aug 9, 2009
To your comment about the slab just off of the creek - do you know which lines are rated what? I took a picture if you wanted to draw lines on it. I saw a 2-bolt anchor at the top and wondered if all routes ended there. You said you toproped a few - does the rock not take gear well?
By allen simons
Aug 16, 2009
Depends on what part of the slab you are on. Been 3 or 4 years since I TR'd the rock, but I remember the harder routes (mostly center and right center) had very spotty gear.
By Wes B.
Sep 14, 2009
Left of 'Patriot' there's a really cool lieback crack that runs up to a small roof and then traverses right along a large flake to 'Patriots' anchor. It's a fun route and I'd guess it went about 5.8. Anyone know the name/rating of this?
By s.kimball
Mar 7, 2010
Will the folks that cleaned and did the 3 new lines right of Monkey finish it to the top? Good stuff.
By Tanner Mitchell
From: Fort Collins CO
Apr 11, 2010
Is there any information on those lines up the hill from Monkey Lust? I climbed what must have been the center route back in August and today - goes up through the blocks to a small tree with an old pin in it. Then up the nice finger/thin hand crack that peters out at a bulge with 2 bolts above. It finishes by taking two parallel seams to the 2-bolt anchor. 5.8 maybe.

I didn't have anything other than a nut tool to clean it, but will definitely bring stuff next time - should be a nice route once the cracks and flaky crap comes out.
By Greg Sievers
From: Bozeman, MT
May 17, 2011
Just climbed 2 of the new routes right of Monkey Lust yesterday.
Good job, guys (saw you there a couple months ago working on it),
but just a word of caution: the bolt 3' right of the hand crack/#3cam placement might be getting a bit close for other smack talk.
But thanks for expanding the crag opportunities here.
We enjoyed it.
By Eric Bratschun
May 22, 2013
Who was climbing at Combat on Tues. May 21st 2013 from Boulder? You were just leaving as we arrived and you just climbed the Diagonal.... Might want to get in touch!

By Patrick Kehoe
From: Fort Collins
Aug 18, 2013
Beware of topo for Combat Rock on this site. There's a bunch of errors. The routes posted seem to be fine, but the picture with routes and bolts drawn in isn't good.
By Bill M
From: Fort Collins, CO
Mar 29, 2015
Is there climbing on the large wall to the climber's left of Combat Rock? It is on the other side of the drainage. I can't find any reference in MP which make me think it is either on private property or too low angle.
By allen simons
May 3, 2015
There is climbing on the rock across the gully. In 1993, Ned Sparks and I climbed a trad route (5.7) near the center of the face. There are some old bolts on the slabby faces as well. It is unknown who put them there or what the route is rated.

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