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Mar 30, 2016
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I'm looking for suggestions for a birthday climb for me to-be 72 year old mother.
She's already done "The Bomb" at Eldo, and The Flatironette.

Criteria:

Easy approach
5.5 or less, the easier the better.
1-3 pitches, easy retreat preferred.
A feeling of a "top" or "summit" is a bonus.

Any suggestions?
Christian Mason
From Westminster CO
Joined Jul 19, 2007
179 points
Mar 30, 2016
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My Dogma Got Run Over By My Karma on the Whale's Tail. It gets a 5.6 in the guidebook but one can contrive an easier path in that area, if desired. It can be done in two or three pitches, low-angle so it's flatiron-esque, easy approach, tops out on the Whale's Tail, descent is a rappel down the west face and easy scramble back to terra firma. Last summer I led a friend up it as her first outdoor rock climb and she had a blast.

Edit: great photos on your website.
Dave Holliday
Joined Feb 3, 2003
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Mar 30, 2016
PM sent. Very cool of you.....and her! Kyle P
Joined Jan 4, 2009
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Mar 30, 2016
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I am tempted to direct you to Hillbilly rock. If you pick your approach carefully it is easy off trail. Problem is, a wandering approach can get tricky. My second recommendation would be something in Staunton. Approach is on good trail and roads, at least as easy as 1st flatironette. Oh ranger or goal post gulley from memory.

Awesome about your mom BTW. Mine is also 72, still skis and works 12 hour shifts as a nurse.
Rick Blair
From Denver
Joined Oct 16, 2007
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Mar 30, 2016
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Good for you and yours! Try J Tree! Roy Suggett
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Mar 30, 2016
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White Twin Spire at Garden of the Gods. Montezuma's Tower would be even cooler though a little harder than 5.5, though she could yard on gear. Cool summits.

Its a drive, but you should take her to the Needles or Rushmore in South Dakota. There is no better place for easy routes with short approaches that reach good summits anywhere.
Andrew Gram
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Jan 1, 2001
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Mar 31, 2016
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This book might have some good ideas for you:
amazon.com/Classic-Front-Range...
Ed Schaefer
From Centennial, CO
Joined May 21, 2014
35 points
Apr 3, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Dragon's Tongue - Vail, Co.
Hey everyone,

Thanks for all the suggestions.
We ended up taking her up the East Slabs on the Whale's Tail at Eldo, and rapping off the backside.
She was a bit nervous with the exposure on the rappel but had a great time, and I think she's looking forward to checking out some of the other suggestions in this thread.

-- Chris
Christian Mason
From Westminster CO
Joined Jul 19, 2007
179 points
Apr 4, 2016
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Perfect choice. Well done! Rick Blair
From Denver
Joined Oct 16, 2007
376 points


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