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Higher Security Risk Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,475'
Location: 40.005, -105.3932 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Ivan Rezucha on Dec 8, 2002
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  • Description 

    Higher Security Risk is just up the hill from Upper Security Risk. Higher is higher than upper. The right side is a nice steep "slab" with a couple of short sport routes that follow thin cracks and flakes. There are a few more sport routes further left. Higher gets a little more sun than Upper.

    There have been eagle nesting closures which have limited access to this crag in the Feb. 1 - July 31 timeframe.


    A. Gimme 3 Steps, 11-, 1p, 60', gear & bolts.
    B. Evolution, 11, 1p, 60', bolts.
    B1. Cold Shot 11-, 1p, 60', bolts.
    C. Turmoil, 11+, 1p, 60', bolts.

    Getting There 

    Start as for Happy Hour Crag. After a few minutes, when the Happy Hour trail goes left, continue up a trail, marked with a few cairns, past Lower and Upper Security Risk. Higher Security Risk is about one minute uphill from the left side of Upper Security Risk.

    Climbing Season

    For the Security Risk Massif area.

    Weather station 4.4 miles from here

    4 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Featured Route For Higher Security Risk
    Rock Climbing Photo: Starting up Turmoil.

    Turmoil 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : ... : Higher Security Risk
    This route is the furthest bolted line to the right. The moves become progessively more difficult as you follow a seam before hitting a distinct crux above the 4th bolt. My buddy broke off about an 8" chunk inside the seam at the crux, but it did not seem to affect the grade at all. The hold was used as a bump to hit a better edge. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Apr 8, 2010
    Forest Service Reopens Climbing Areas in Boulder Canyon
    Contact: Maribeth Pecotte, (303) 541-2500

    Boulder, Colo. (April 2, 2010) – The Forest Service has reopened some climbing areas in Boulder Canyon that were closed to protect golden eagles during their nesting season.

    Security Risk and the Blob Rock/Bitty Buttress areas are now open to climbing and other activities. These areas are located along State Highway 119, approximately 1.5 miles east of Boulder Falls.

    These closures help protect a long-established golden eagle nesting territory, including valuable alternate nest sites. Although these areas are being reopened, the Forest Service anticipates reinstating the closures in future years, to allow the eagles to choose their nest site without being disturbed.

    The Eagle Rock area remains closed to climbing and other activities and is expected to remain closed through July 31. Signs will be posted at key access points into the areas remaining closed. Volunteers and Forest Service personnel will continue to monitor the areas.
    For the most current closure information, check signs in the areas, or visit the Boulder Ranger District web site at

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