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Myth Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,218'
Location: 39.9989, -105.4133 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard Rossiter on Sep 29, 2005
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  • Description 

    Myth Rock is the steep crag above the parking shoulder for Avalon. It is on the north side of the highway directly across from the Tyrolean traverse for Avalon. The definitive feature of the crag is a huge, open book dihedral ascended by the route Excalibur. The rock is mostly very solid, golden granite. The routes are mostly sport with a couple of cracks thrown in for good measure. Don't worry about the noise of cars and Harleys. As soon as you are off the ground you will only hear Boulder Creek and the turning of your soul.


    A1. Myth of Freedom, 10-, 1p, 70', bolts.
    A2. Mjolnir, 10, 1p, bolts & gear.
    B. Excalibur, 11, 2p, 80', bolts.
    C. Thor, 11+, 1p, 40', bolts.
    D1. Mithril, 9, 2p, 90', bolts & gear.
    D2. Excalibur Easy Start, 1p, bolts.

    Getting There 

    To reach Myth Rock drive 8.2 miles beyond the first bridge across Boulder Creek on Highway 119 (Canyon Boulevard in Boulder). Continue past Boulder Falls (7.6 miles) and park on the right side of the road near or below the crag. One may also park at the Practice Rock (8.1 miles) or at Animal World (8.6 miles) and walk along the shoulder of the highway to the rock.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 4.7 miles from here

    5 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in Myth Rock

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Myth Rock:
    Excalibur   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 80'   
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    Featured Route For Myth Rock
    Rock Climbing Photo: Mithril.  Pitch 1 climbs past two bolts on the rig...

    Mithril 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : Myth Rock
    Mithril, as any JRR Tolkien fan knows, is the legendary chainmail armor of the Elves worn by Frodo in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You may find such armor useful on your left arm as you jam the overhanging off-hands crack of the second pitch. Above the off-hands crack, ascend a narrow chimney to easier terrain, arrive at a big ledge with a big pine and belay from the tree. Bring up your partner and rappel 90 feet to the road....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Myth Rock, viewed from the Avalon boulder field.
    BETA PHOTO: Myth Rock, viewed from the Avalon boulder field.

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    By david goldstein
    Nov 7, 2005
    Makes Potash Road seem like Chiefshead -- great ambiance for those partial to parking garages. The noise of an endless procession of cars and trucks powering up the grade, the fact that the climbs start on a road cut and the aroma of partially combusted petroleum set this cliff apart.
    By ac
    Nov 8, 2005
    How's that differ from say the Boulderado, Practice Rock, Brick Wall, Bowling Alley? Lunch time on weekdays offers a quick break from work and isn't too noisy.
    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Nov 8, 2005
    Out of all of the crags at Boulder Canyon, this is the only one where I'd fear being struck by a car while belaying. That says nothing of the climbing, but that is the difference between this crag and some others, insofar as I am concerned. The Bowling Alley has a lot of climbs far from the road, and while some are close, relatively, you don't belay on the pavement. Sound Power in an short- open system diminishes exponentially with distance, so being "twice as close" to traffic is going to make it 4X as loud, anway.

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