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Get Your Towels Ready S 
I F'ed a Mermaid S 
Nautical-Themed Pashmina Afghan S 
This Ain't Seaworld S 

Shark's Fin Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,200'
Location: 39.74175, -105.34092 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Monomaniac on Jun 24, 2015
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Description 

When racing up US 6 just before reaching the Sex Cave, if you look high and right, a thin sliver of gneiss slicing up through the steep hillside will catch your eye. The 40-foot east face of this dorsal fin of stone is composed of remarkably clean and solid gneiss, with a few marble-swirled intrusions of solid pegmatite. The towering face tilts slightly, and the very tip curls a bit further, forming a just-barely-overhanging clean face with four memorable routes that culminate in a climactic, steep finish.

The climbing is generally thin, technical and cerebral. Cold conditions are helpful here, and with the east-facing aspect providing morning sun and afternoon shade (beginning right at noon), this is an ideal summer evening or winter morning crag.

Routes L->R:

1. Nautical Themed Pashmina Afghan, 11, 1p, 60', bolts.
2. This Ain’t Seaworld, 13, 1p, 40', bolts.
3. I F'ed A Mermaid, 13+ ,1p, 40', bolts.
4. Get Your Towels Ready, 10, 1p, 30', bolts.

Getting There 

Park as for the Sex Cave, at a big pullout on the south side of the road. Head up the south-facing hillside, as for the Sex Cave, but where the trail turns left and levels out to enter the cave, head right, contouring east along the slope to reach the next drainage to the south. Head up this steep drainage for 5 minutes until you reach the fin. The total approach time is about 7 minutes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.3 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Shark's Fin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Shark's Fin:
Get Your Towels Ready   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
This Ain't Seaworld   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
I F'ed a Mermaid   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Shark's Fin
Rock Climbing Photo: The exposed jamming-problem at the start.

Nautical-Themed Pashmina Afghan 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Colorado : Golden : ... : Shark's Fin
This route was an afterthought, something to help boost the crag’'s route tally, but it turned out better than expected. The line is a bit silly and perhaps contrived, but if you can ignore those detractions, the climbing is rather fun and provides a really nice jug haul warmup with great exposure.Stick clip at least the first bolt, then creep out the exposed ledge to the southern tip of the fin. A short boulder problem of hand jams, finger locks, and barn-door liebacking leads to good jugs nea...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: A closeup of the Fin from the road.
A closeup of the Fin from the road.
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Shark's Fin topo.
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