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Apostrophe S 
Dodge City S 
Honeymoon In Beirut S 
Hoss S 
Lawyers, Guns, and Hilties S 
Life During Wartime S 
Little Joe S 
Miss Kitty S 
Ms. Coolie's Saloon aka Killer Elite S 
Mud Shark T,S 
Occupied Territory S 
Piece Process T 
Pinch A Loaf S 
Wild, Wild West, The S 

Ridge 4 Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Jun 4, 2002


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  • Description 

    Sometime in the mid '80s this large sector of Eldorado Mountain was developed by a host of Boulder and Denver climbers. Ken Trout, Tod Anderson, Dave Fields, Ziggy, Mark Rolofson, myself, and a many others contributed to development. These fairly short crags all face South, hold numerous routes, and due to restrictions of some private property, the Railroad, and the town of Plainview, have seen little action in the last 8 years. Every now and then we make the pilgrimage to the West Bank, keeping a low profile, and this has never caused any trouble, but caution is always in order.

    The area is composed of seven ridges and some large erratics sporting a route or two. The Secret Crag is reckoned as Ridge 2 (counting from the right) and is the most prominent of the seven ridges, and at least one of its routes dates back to a Jim Erickson ascent in the '70s. Ridge 1 takes off right at Tunnel 3 on the South side. Ridges 2, 4, 6, and 7 (counting from the right) hold 90% of the climbing. The rock seems to me more like Eldorado Canyon than Mickey Mouse and is full of edges, flakes, and corners. Most of the stone is a fine quality sandstone and well worth the hike in. Just leave the boom-box at home.

    Getting There 

    From the railroad tracks, and between tunnels 2 and 3, a faint trail takes off up a short grassy slope and into the forest. Follow the trail up-hill until it dumps out at the base of long talus field. Enter the talus in its middle and after 50 feet a trail of blocks leads left (West) through the talus. At the end of the talus, pass a couple of large blocks on their downhill side and cut sharply right and uphill. The trail wanders through a sparse, section of the forest to a very steep, bolted overhang. This is the start of Ridge two. Numbering begins with this overhang (#1, Drive By Shooting, 5.12a).


    A. Cave Crack, 9, 1p, gear.
    B. When Men Were Men, 11+, 1p, pin(s) and gear.
    C. Unknown, 12, 1p.

    D. West Wall, 9, 1p, TR.
    E. Festus, 9, 1p, TR or bolts?
    F. Crack, 9, 1p, gear.
    G. Rawhide, 11, 1p, bolts.
    H. Little Joe, 11, 1p, bolts.
    I. Hoss, 11-, 1p, 60', gear, pin, & bolts.
    J. Downclimb, 5, 1p, gear.
    K. Loose Cannon, 8, 1p, gear.
    L. Gunsmoke, 12, 1p, bolts & pin.
    M. EZ Corner, 7, 1p, gear.
    N. Miss Kitty, 6, 1p, 60', gear & bolts.
    O. The Wild Wild West, 12-, 1p, 70', bolts.
    P. Life During Wartime, 13-, 1p, 60', bolts.
    Q. Unknown, 11, 1p, bolts.
    R. Crack, 6, 1p, gear.
    S. Roof Crack, 11, 1p, gear.
    T. Honeymoon In Beirut, 12, 1p, 40', bolts.
    U. The Great Defender, 13, 1p, bolts.
    V. Moe Zone, 13, 1p, bolts.
    W. Occupied Territory, 13-, 1p, 80', bolts.
    X. Mighty Moe, 12, 1p, bolts.
    Y. Mud Shark, 10+, 1p, 70', gear & bolts.
    Z. Lawyers, Guns, and Hiltis, 11+, 1p, bolts.
    AA. Apostrophe, 11+, 1p, bolts.
    BB. Dodge City, 12-, 1p, 50', bolts.
    CC. Pandora's Bosch, 11, 1p, gear & bolts.
    DD. Ms. Coolie's Saloon aka Killer Elite, 11+, 1p, bolts.
    EE. Piece Process, 11 R or X, 1p, gear.
    FF. Pinch A Loaf, 10, 1p, bolts.
    GG. Driveby Shooting, 12-, 1p, bolts.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 0.9 miles from here

    14 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Ridge 4

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ridge 4:
    Lawyers, Guns, and Hilties   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
    Ms. Coolie's Saloon aka Killer Elite   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
    The Wild, Wild West   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
    Dodge City   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
    Honeymoon In Beirut   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
    Occupied Territory   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Life During Wartime   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
    Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Ridge 4

    Featured Route For Ridge 4
    Rock Climbing Photo: Thin climbing at the fifth bolt.

    Ms. Coolie's Saloon aka Killer Elite 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Colorado : Boulder : ... : Ridge 4
    My favorite climb on Ridge 4, Killer Elite takes the face just left of Pinch. The climbing starts in a shallow alcove off a flat base. A thin, left-facing corner is actually taken on the face to the left, with the fingers in the corner. The corner fades away with a reachy traverse left before kicking straight up to the anchor. Chase upwards on a relentless series of thin fingery edges and crystals. For its grade, Killer Elite is fantastically continuous. I thought that it possessed...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By Old Fart aka Dave Bohn
    Feb 10, 2002
    Add to the dangers of locals with guns, trains in tunnels and the threat of tresspassing charges; the approach and base of a lot of the climbs is choked with poison ivy. I couldn't find any place at all under the "Killer Elite" corner to open and stack my rope; but for those tired of the Sport Park scene, this is great visit at least once. I think of it as "Urban Wilderness Sport Climbing". Be aware that these climbs were bolted a while ago and the bolt spacing is adequate but sparce.
    By Bob Rotert
    Nov 4, 2007
    Don't you mean this is the start of Ridge 4. In the above description. Sounds like you are saying Ridge 4 is Ridge 2.

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