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Piano Ridge

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L to R R to L Alpha
Around the Bulge 
Bootie Crack Traverse / Low 
Continental Shelf 
Don't Get Stumped 
Double Dipping 
Fiction, Friction 
Gill Arrow Roof Problem 
Hug N' Jug 
Just Add A Pinch 
Life on the Edge 
North Arete (Unknown Roof) 
Piano Ridge Traverse 
Piano Traverse 
Piano West Face Unknown V3 
Roof Crack 
Roof Reach 
Sloper Traverse 
Spread Eagled 
Unknown / Piano West Face 
Unknown aka Bashie Line 
Unknown Bootie Traverse Variation 
Unknown Crack 
Unknown Lieback 
Unknown Parallel Finger Crack 
Unknown Slab 
Unknown Slab (aka Balance If You Can) 
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Piano Ridge Rock Climbing 

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The Piano Boulder along with the West Facing ridge it sits along offer a handfull of easy to moderately difficult bouldering lines. With the dam construction projects, the area has seen increased traffic now that is among the few remaining bouldering locales with a short approach accessible from Fort Collins. The classic traverse of the Piano Boulder (V5) is among the harder lines here. Quite a few easy traverses and up problems exist on the ridge.

Getting There 

From Overland Trail in Fort Collins head West on CR 42C near Hughes Stadium. After the curves and hill turn left on CR 23, follow until the current road block above the Spring Canyon Dam. Park on the left and find the main trail to the left (don't use the many social trails immediately ahead of the parking area).

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

31 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Piano Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Piano Ridge:
Roof Crack   V-easy 3     Boulder   
Handcracker   V-easy 3     Boulder   
Fiction, Friction   V-easy 3     Boulder, 1 pitch, 8'   
Don't Get Stumped   V0 4     Boulder, 12'   
Bootie Crack Traverse / Low   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 20'   
North Arete (Unknown Roof)   V1- 5-     Boulder, 10'   
Piano Ridge Traverse   V1- 5-     Boulder, 60'   
Bootie   V1 5     Boulder   
Spread Eagled   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   
Unknown Bootie Traverse Variation   V1 5     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   
Roof Reach   V1+ 5     Boulder   
Continental Shelf   V1+ 5     Boulder, 12'   
Unknown Slab   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   
Gill Arrow Roof Problem   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   
Sloper Traverse   V4+ 6B+     Boulder   
Piano Traverse   V5- 6C     Boulder   
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Piano Traverse V5- 6C  Colorado : Fort Collins : ... : Piano Ridge
This fun traverse is the obvious boulder up from the approach trail, just off of the ridge. Most people start on the NE arete on a jug and traverse counterclockwise around this boulder, but it is possible and possibly easier to go the opposite direction. The moves are generally continous on the N, W and S faces on thin edges or slopers with predominately bad feet. The hard stuff is over after pulling onto the slabby E face. Get it dialed and go for laps....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Mike Beshore
Apr 30, 2002
To the south of the Piano Boulder and south of "Booty" (V0-V1 High Slab Problem) just past the barbed-wire fence there is a Gill Arrow. This is a typical Gill roof problem. Also, because Rotary access is limited there are many other locations to visit around the Fort. The North Quarry. Big Granitic Boulders below west Arthurs Rock (V10 here). The distant-eye and road-side boulders at H-Tooth. The fish-hatchery up the Poudre. Need directions? Sure Rotary is sweet, but there are many other places to boulder around the Fort.

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