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Menses Prow

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A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing S 
Abscessed Words to Climb S 
After Dark S 
Armies Of Metaphors S 
B.O.S.S. Method, The S 
Back for More S 
Baroque Period, The S 
Bat Crack T,S 
Big Chill, The S 
Caught in the Middle S 
Chiba Chiba S 
Cosmic Thing S 
Dealin' Crack T 
Dumb Waiter S 
Fever S 
First Blood S 
First Strike S 
Flashback To Acid Beach S 
Graceland S 
I am a Viking S 
Jumbo Pumping Love S 
Krakatoa S 
Lamont's Period  S 
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump S 
Light Days S 
Liquid Affair S 
Lunch at the Y S 
Menses S 
Metaphysical Fictions S 
My What a Big Bulge S 
No Passion for Fashion S 
Original Route S 
Period Epic S 
Period Piece S 
Pig Dictionary S 
Prima Nocta  S 
Pueblo Gringos S 
Red Dog S 
Scratch and Claw S 
Shelf's Worst Route S 
Slender Fungus S 
Smart Server S 
Smokin' Crack T 
Stratabulge S 
Sudden Impact S 
Sundogs S 
Thirteen Engines S 
True to Tradition/Tucker's Faith S 
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat Machine S 
Weed n' Feed T,S 
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Menses Prow Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,780'
Location: 38.6199, -105.2371 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Monomaniac on Jun 5, 2007
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This outstanding crag is one of the most popular Shelf Road cliffs outside of Cactus Cliff. The Menses Prow’s great variety of excellent routes and ample sun/shade options lure climbers of all abilities. The cliff‘s horse-shoe shape ensures excellent conditions, while also providing a more secluded ambience than other Shelf crags, even on busy weekends. Hard-men will be drawn to the short, powerful routes on the Bulge Wall, at the far left end of the crag, while beginners will be thrilled by the numerous sub-5.10 outings at the California Ethics Pinnacle.

Getting There 

Follow the trail from the old parking lot. Pass a signed trail to the Far Side, continuing on the right/straight fork of the trail. After several minutes, the trail comes to a well-signed T-intersection. Take the left fork (marked “Menses Prow”) and descend for 10 yds into the wash. Cross the wash and follow switchbacks up the steep slope to the Menses Prow. The trail ends below “No Passion for Fasion” at the right end of the cliff.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.1 miles from here

50 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',28],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Menses Prow

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Menses Prow:
Period Piece   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Lamont's Period    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Baroque Period   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Prima Nocta    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
First Blood   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Red Dog   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dumb Waiter   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Smart Server   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Pueblo Gringos   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Lick My Love Pump aka Love Pump   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Turbo Charged, Inter-Cooled Meat Machine   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Big Chill   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Flashback To Acid Beach   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Menses   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Light Days   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Slender Fungus   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches   
Lunch at the Y   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
No Passion for Fashion   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Thirteen Engines   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Graceland   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Menses Prow
Rock Climbing Photo: Sundogs.

Sundogs 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Colorado : Shelf Road : ... : Menses Prow
This is located on Menses Prow, immediately left of No Passion for Fashion. Only given 2 stars in Van Horn's guide, this route is easily as good as numerous other 3 star routes at Shelf. It has very fun, movement oriented climbing...a welcome change from the sharp, thin pockets that characterize routes of this grade at Shelf. The first half of the route tackles the bouldery shallow dihedral and arete (crux moving past 3rd bolt). The rest of the route is low-mid 5.11....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of Menses Prow Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Menses Prow and Dragon's Lair from the trail.
Menses Prow and Dragon's Lair from the trail.
Rock Climbing Photo: End of another beautiful winter day at Shelf.
End of another beautiful winter day at Shelf.

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By Andy Librande
From: Denver, CO
Dec 3, 2012
Where the hell did the name "Menses Prow" come from with all of the related names (Period Piece/First Blood/etc). Has to be some sort of weird story/history?
By Darryl Roth
Jan 9, 2013
Andy... as you see the wall has a redness to it... the naming of which was due to Brian Mullen. He is known for frequent off color (no pun intended) route naming. Just look at FA records of Shelf and San Louis Valley climbs. Why he would name it that still baffles me. Facebook him, he's there, and ask. If you find out, I'd be interested to hear as well.
By Jason Parks
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 4, 2013
28 Sept 2013: May have dropped my wedding ring (white gold with 5 sapphires) and another ring (titanium with silver inlay) out the Trail to Menses Prow. Any booty finders, please contact me so I can get out of the doghouse.

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