Small Animal Places ascends the curvy, wide crack.
Ridge 2 saw some of the early sport development in the late '80s and early '90s. While it has never seemed quite as interesting as Ridge 4, perhaps because it is shorter, Ridge 2 does host some stout routes. However, the majority of lines tick in between 5.9 and mid-5.11.
The low-life dirt bags responsible for most of these routes include Dave Fortner (guard your food and your girlfriend), Martin Birch, Tripp Collins, Alan Nelson, and several others. An excess of caged up hormones can explain the origin of most route names (what were those guys doing out in the woods together?).
Expect excellent rock, clean routes, and a load of sharp edges on sweet Eldorado sandstone. Some trad lines exist, but overall a handful of draws and a rope will keep you busy for most of the day.
This is also known as Ridge 6.
Approach Ridge 2 just you would if going to Ridge 4 or the Secret Crag; however, at the fork leading to these two crags, stay on the primary trail heading due West. After several hundred feet, another branch in the trail heads North and to Ridge 2. Like all of these South-facing ribs, just hump along beside the crag to access the routes.
A. Little Face, 7 PG-13, 1p, bolts.
B. Keegan's Bluff, 10, 1p, gear.
C. Arete Funicello
, 10, 1p, pin & bolts.
D. Birthday Blow, 8, 1p, gear.
E. Pebbles and Bam Bam, 10- R, 1p, bolts & gear.
F. Wide Crack, 7, 1p, gear.
G. Mouska Pipeline, 9, 1p, gear.
H. Agent Orange, 11+, 1p, bolts.
I. Heave Ho
, 9, 1p, 60', gear.
JI. Dry Heave
, 11 R, 1p, 60', gear & pin.
J. Haul Off And Heave
, 10, 1p, 60', pin & bolts.
K. Sleeping Digit
, 10, 1p, gear.
L. Hang 'Em High, 10, 1p, gear.
M. Hooks Are For Kids, 12- R, 1p, bolts.
N. Mrs. Coolie's Saloon, 12, bolts.
O. Sporting A Woody
, 11 PG-13, 1p, bolts.
P. Boner Boy, 9, 1p, TR.
Q. Stray Route, ? X, 1p, TR or bolt.
R. Move Like A Stud
, 11, 1p, gear.
SR. Dixie Rising
, 10+ R, 1p, bolts & gear.
T. Mouth Of The South
, 11- PG-13, 1p, bolts.
U. South Of The Mouth
, 6, 1p, gear.
V. Friends In High Places, 10 R, 1p, gear.
W. High Friends In Places, 10 PG-13, 1p, gear.
X. Slab Left
, 10-, 1p, 55', bolts.
Y. Slab Right
, 9+, 1p, 55', bolts.
AAZ. Unknown, 1p, bolts.
AA. Blade Runner
, 12-, 1p, 40', bolts.
BB. Crack, 9, 1p, gear.
CC. Small Animal Places, 7, 1p, 40', gear.
DD. Crackatoa aka Safecracker
, 12-, 1p, gear or retrobolts.
EE. Lipstick, 12, 1p, bolts.
FF. Michelangelo's Worst Nightmare, 10+ PG-13, 1p, gear.
GG. East Face, ?, 1p, TR.
HH. Scaly Wall aka East Pillar, 9, 1p, TR.
Climbing Season For the Eldorado Mountain area.
Weather station 0.9 miles from here
14 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Ridge 2
Move Like a Stud 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CO
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On the right side of the cave two thirds of the way up Ridge 2 is an obvious, thin crack running up a clean slab. Pull through the right side of the cave to gain the crack. It's cruxy getting established above the roof, but things back off considerably after that. The higher you go, the more the angle kicks back. "Stud" converges under the trees with Mouth from the South on the right and generates a good clean crack on excellent stone.This is a fine line....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
Scaly Wall, a TR, the lowest route on this ridge.