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Shanahan Crag

Routes Sorted
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Beau! T 
Better Offer T 
East Face - North Rib of the Eastern Crag T 
East Face - Northern Shanahan Slab T 
East Face of the Eastern Crag (South) T 
Great Expectations T 
Identity Theft T 
In Broad Daylight T 
Leonine T 
Prune Face T 
South Face T 
Southeast Ridge T 
Southeast Ridge, North Crag T 
Thieves In the Temple T 
Vague Jug Line T 
When It's Right T 
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Shanahan Crag Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Guy H. on Nov 30, 1999

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  • Description 

    The Shanahan Crags are located to the south of "The Slab". There are a couple "classic" easy Flatiron routes found on the main rock. There are also some more demanding trad routes on the south face, also. The descent involves doing a short downclimb to the gully north of the southern summit. A short rap from a tree will put you on the ground. A scramble down the south side will get you back to your packs.


    Leonine, 10+, 2p, 180', gear.
    Great Expectations, 9-, 2p, 180', gear.
    Prune Face, 7, 1p, 120', gear.
    Better Offer, 9+, 1p, 120', gear.
    Beau!, 7+, 1p, 120', gear.
    Identity Theft 7+, 1p, 130', gear.

    South Face, 4, 2p, gear.
    Vague Jug Line, 7+, 1p, 120', gear.
    When It's Right, 8 R, 1p, 90', gear.
    Southeast Ridge, 0, 3p, gear.
    Southeast Ridge, North Crag, 5, 4p, 400', gear.

    Getting There 

    This rock is best approached from the southern Shanahan Trail, which meets up with the Mesa trail.

    Climbing Season

    For the South area.

    Weather station 1.9 miles from here

    16 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Shanahan Crag

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Shanahan Crag:
    Southeast Ridge   5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c     Trad, 3 pitches   
    East Face - Northern Shanahan Slab   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   
    South Face   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches   
    Beau!   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
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    East Face - Northern Shanahan Slab 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c  Colorado : Flatirons : ... : Shanahan Crag
    This route is from the Roach guidebook and follows up the middle of the large gully in the middle of the east face leading up to the large and imposing vertical steps higher up the face.Work straight up the middle of the gully following the delightfully good rock. There is almost zero gear for the first 300' with the exception of a tree that can be slung (or belayed from) at about the 100' level. Continue up the fun slab to the base of the large vertical step near the left edge of the gully.From...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By Dougald MacDonald
    Mar 8, 2003
    With several new routes, the south face of Shanahan is now an excellent destination for moderate climbing. There are six routes from 5.4 to 5.9+ (not including the 11a Leonine), and several of these climbs merit three stars. The new routes all have adequate protection, but it can be tricky to arrange. RPs are a must and double ropes can be useful. Many leaders will be more comfortable a grade or two below their limitis.
    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Mar 13, 2003
    For those new to the crag, you will likely first encounter rock (lower part of the crag)well downhill from the established routes. Keep moving uphill and it will match the picture from Rossiter's guide. We met some folks trying to match some grungy crack with the photo perhaps 150 m downhill from the South Face route. The area may be lined up E-W wise as further W than the notch W of the Sphinx.
    By Jake Wyatt
    From: Longmont, CO
    Mar 31, 2003
    I was one of the goofballs that Leo mentions, and I admit that I was suckered into starting up the grungy crack that's lower downslope from the posted routes. (What can I say, I was overly anxious to get on real rock after having spent a bit too much time at BRC....) The grungy crack did have a couple of fun moves, but it's nowhere near as pretty as the other routes just a little further up.
    By James Garnett
    From: Bellingham, WA
    Sep 22, 2003
    I've never rappelled off the summit of this rock, but always downclimbed through the notch. That way sucks, though, because you have to scramble back through loose talus. My preferred method of descending now is to do a double-rope rappel from the rap station at the top of Prune Face (slings around a block, backed up with a fixed nut). This is a lot nicer and quicker, and with the rock as close to the trails as it is, it's not too much of a PITA to carry the extra rope.
    By Anonymous Coward
    Jul 28, 2004
    Gotta disagree with the approach beta here, unless you enjoy Flatiron bushwacking. The best approach is via the Terrain Boulders. From the upper-most Terrain boulders (Love Boat), head south through the woods to the base of Shanahan crag.
    By James Garnett
    From: Bellingham, WA
    Jan 26, 2005
    What's wrong with the approach beta, AC? It's spot-on. This is a crag that is dear to our (shanahan-lovers') hearts, apparently, because the cairns that occasionally appear are quickly knocked down. Nevertheless, the beta is simple: from the gully between the south & north shanhan crag trails, walk west until you're at the crag: if it's not _totally_ obvious that you've arrived, then you haven't.

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