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Monster Block Rock Climbing 

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Location: 40.322, -105.2136 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Pinklebear on Jul 11, 2002
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This is one of the most visible blocks on the north end of the bouldering area at Carter Lake, and probably the biggest. It has excellent highballs in the V4-V7 range and a pumpy V10 traverse with a nasty opening sequence.

The landings are a bit rocky, so bring lots of pads. The highballs almost all face north, while the traverse starts around the west face of the rock so warms up a bit too quickly on sunny days.

All the highballs are great, but the one in the coolest position is probably the one up the northwest arete.

Getting There 

The Monster Boulder is the box-car shaped boulder with a high, green and tan/pink north face about 60 yards uphill from the Kahuna Boulder. It sits more or less directly under the Spice Roof area, which is the northernmost bouldering area on the ridgeline above Carter Lake.

It is about 5-7 minutes from the parking lot at Dam 1, and is best approached from above.

Climbing Season

For the Carter Lake area.

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Monster Block

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Monster Block:
Days of Whining Posers   V6 7A     Boulder, 20'   
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Featured Route For Monster Block

Krum V4 6B  Colorado : Fort Collins : ... : Monster Block
This is one problem left of Despuntia Dudes, the line up the northwest arete of the boulder. Hence it is the lowest (furthest west) problem up the north face proper.Krum can be recognized by the vibrant green and black lichens that cover the face, and a fingertip seam. Start on good buckets and move up into good layaways in the seam. Crank a long move off a poor, higher layaway, and mantle carefully over the lip on hidden edges....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Anonymous Coward
Sep 11, 2002
Hey Matt. Informative problem descriptions on a great boulder in a great setting. Nevertheless, you've downgraded 3 of the problems from the grades published in Philip's first book. In my opinion, the grades Philip gave for the problems on the Monster Boulder were stiff, yet fair, and certainly not overgraded. You did upgrade Lake Arete to V3, which I would tend to agree with although some of that has to do with that nasty landing.

In my opinion, days of whining posers is fair at V7, Dispuntia Dudes is a beautiful but somewhat grungy V6 and splick is solid V5. Peace out.
By C.J.
Apr 7, 2010
There are a handful of bolt hangers punched in the top of Monster, presumably for working these highballs. They're painted to blend in.

I guess what I'm saying is keep an open eye if walking on top of Monster: I caught one with my foot and nearly took a header over Days of Whining Posers.

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