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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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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

For the Clear Creek Canyon area.

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: Near the end of the opening boulder problem.

I F'ed a Mermaid 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a  Colorado : Golden : ... : Shark's Fin
This fierce number begins with a brutal V11-ish boulder problem passing the first bolt. Above, the climbing eases to elegant, 5.12, technical face climbing capped by a steep, gymnastic finish. The rock is brilliant (even the pegmatite intrusions are solid and clean), and the movement is stellar. Unfortunately a few uncomfortably sharp grips in the intro and inconsistent difficulty detract from an otherwise classic experience.Begin below a marble-like patch of pegmatite in the center of the east ...[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.
Rock Climbing Photo: Shark's Fin topo.
Shark's Fin topo.
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The Shark's Fin from the road and relative to the ...

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