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Rusted Razor is a short, high quality route set in a beautiful mountain setting, far away from any crowds.
The route begins from a wild, rocky gully that drops down from the Quartz Garden plateau, offering grand views of the valley below. The route can be approached from below, scrambling up from a trail that heads north from Ironsides, or from above via a trail that passes the Cube on its way to the Quartz Garden. The approach from above is perhaps easier, as descending the gully was much more fun than ascending. Follow the directions as for the Quartz Garden, but instead of veering north out into the open plateau, head south through the forest and find the gap between the large rock formactions that make up the south side of the Quartz Garden.
Rusted Razor scales the face of the rock island that makes up the right side of the rocky gully.
Five bolts head up the wall, the crux 5.8 moves at the last bolt on the headwall. Although rather short, the rock texture and quality, fun moves and aesthetic position made this a crowd pleaser.
5 bolts to a two bolt anchor.
By Michael Walker
From: Loveland, CO
Jun 23, 2002
BTW - if a lightning storm hits (and they come QUICK at the Iron Clads) there is a small cave at the South end of this formation. Enough room for 6. Comes with a view.
By Luis Barandiaran
From: Longmont, CO
Apr 28, 2007
My brother Danny, who went to NOLS and was taught this, informs me that this advice might be dangerous. The cave can become a "spark-gap" if the formation is struck by lightning, hitting people in the cave. Plus, it's always best to disperse, so that if someone is hit the others can render aid. Just food for thought....