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Retirement Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 39.985, -105.4413 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Jan 25, 2006
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Retirement Rock - West Face routes.

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  • Description 

    West-facing. Good late afternoon sun in the winter months. Five routes so far.


    A. Second Career, 8, 1p, 60', bolts.
    B. Senior Discount, 8, 1p, 60', bolts.
    C. NW Arete, 8, 1p, 60', gear.
    D. Let the Daylight In, 12, 1p, 60', bolts.
    E1. Early Bird Special, 11-, 1p, 50', bolts.
    E2. Fixed Income, 11-, 1p, 50', bolts.
    F. COLA (Cost of Living Allowance)., 11-, 1p, 35', bolts.

    Getting There 

    From Boulder: drive up Boulder Canyon to Nip and Tuck crag. Continue past Nip and Tuck for 0.3 miles to a large RTD parking area/pullout on the left. Park at the far west-end of the parking area. Cross the creek at a 20-mile per hour sign and look for a rock cairn on the south side of the creek. Angle up and right along a lower rock wall to reach the upper (Retirement Rock) wall.

    Climbing Season

    For the Boulder Canyon area.

    Weather station 3.1 miles from here

    7 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Featured Route For Retirement Rock
    Rock Climbing Photo: We only got to the 3rd bolt on lead. The crux come...

    Let the Daylight In 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : Retirement Rock
    Start just right of the arete on the west face. Make a hard move left past the first bolt. Several hard moves get you to a dish and bad holds. Crank the crux moves and power up and left to the arete. Follow the bolts to the anchor. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By djoseph
    Sep 22, 2008
    Question on the approach: we crossed the creek at the 30 mph sign (not 20, per the description) across from Nursing Home, and came to a clearing with a cairn. However, couldn't see a path and didn't want to crash through the rather thick brush if there is a trail somewhere...I prefer to limit impact on the foliage. Is there a path/trail that I missed, or do you have to bushwhack through?
    By Greg Hand
    From: Golden, CO
    Sep 22, 2008
    I'm not sure of the speed limit sign, but you should cross at the far west (up river) end of the parking lot. There used to be a cairn on a big rock on the other side. Then head up a short steep hill, and then angle up stream. The trail grows in and I may need to get there and clip the growth back.
    By djoseph
    Sep 23, 2008
    Thanks Greg. I'll probably wait another few weeks until the leaves drop from the bushes... probably will be easy to find the path then.
    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Jul 28, 2010
    I didn't read the trail beta and found the "direct" uphill approach pretty nasty. The river crossing was below the kneecap, but man, the overgrowth! I should have read/found the trail, but didn't. That said, if you like red rasberries, man is this the place for you. Big, fat rasberries everywhere, all you can eat. Enjoy it, it's as thick as they get.

    If you do go here, please do everyone a favor and take a large wire brush - the routes could use a little more cleaning. Since everyone has slightly different styles, 1/2 of the available/usable/legit holds are not brushed clean and are quite dirty on a few routes. The moves are fun though, so they clean up nicely.

    With a better approach and cleaner rock, this would be a worthwhile after-work crag, but right now, it suffers the lack of "full development."
    By mrbiscoop
    Sep 2, 2013
    Couldn't find anything resembling a trail. After a while, we said fuck it and headed to Pasta Vinos in Boulder.

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