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Dark Side Roofs 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: unknown
Season: Summer, Fall
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Submitted By: jarthur on Mar 24, 2008

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Hunter, past the second roof.


This is the first route you encounter on the righthand side of The Dark Side when coming down the road from The Bank campground. It is very unique compared to other Shelf Road routes. The holds reminence of New River Gorge sandstone in some areas. You won't find a lot of pockets here.

It has good holds with two fun roofs. Although this may only have 4 bolts, it's got protection where you need it. The foot holds when pulling the second roof down low can feel pretty slick.


4 bolts with a 2 bolt anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Past the first roof.
Past the first roof.
Rock Climbing Photo: Colton on the second roof.
Colton on the second roof.
Rock Climbing Photo: Renee at the bottom of Dark Side Roofs. Jugs to th...
Renee at the bottom of Dark Side Roofs. Jugs to th...

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By tscupp
From: Englewood, CO
Jul 13, 2008
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Couple of long moves on big holds. Despite a fragile looking second roof, all of the jugs I ended up using seemed fine. Great route!
By Andrew Bradberry
From: Golden, CO
Jul 15, 2009

Fun roofs on jugs with smaller holds above the 2nd roof. This was my first 5.11 route, I thought it was a lot of fun.
By matthew
From: Gunnison, Colorado
May 20, 2013
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

This is a pretty nice route. I highly recommend it.
By Doug Lintz
From: Kearney, NE
Sep 21, 2014

This could use a hardware update. A quick and worthy route.
By Aaron Furman
Oct 4, 2015
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13

Classic routes, very, very different style from the walls across the way. I think these two routes are must does for anyone trying to warm up for the day (and or cool down for the night).

Strong your feet (and with that being said, keep an eye on your feet on the way up).

That side of the hill seems to get that talcum powder type silt on the bottom holds that could deter you from want to complete, but it blows off up top.
By Jake Johnson
From: Dillon, CO
Mar 7, 2016

Does anyone have any info on the FA? I'd like to update the protection on this route.
By Adam Block
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 30, 2017
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Totally climbable in the rain! Great for an exit lap on the way to the car and much easier than it looks.

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