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Switchblade Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,241'
Location: 39.26196, -105.09557 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Sarah Meiser on May 8, 2017
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Switchblade is one of a group of crags that make up Sawblade Ridge. It’s home to a dozen or so quality climbs in the 5.10 - 5.13 range and gets good afternoon sun.

Getting There 

Access is via the main Fire Tower Lookout Trail. Follow the trail past the first major switchback (over the bridge), and continue for another quarter mile. Look for a minor trail breaking off left at a switchback where the main trail takes a turn to the south. It is fairly obvious if you’re paying attention. This is approximately 0.4 miles from the parking lot.

The climber's trail continues east with some minor ups and downs but never gains or loses much elevation. It’s fairly easy to follow and is marked with numerous cairns. After half a mile or so, you’ll come to a cairned trail junction. This junction is also obvious if you’re looking for it. Take the right fork, and follow the well-marked trail uphill and then through an interesting passageway formed by some large boulders. When you emerge on the other side, you’ll see the bolts on Passageway Wall. From the left end of Passageway Wall, scramble down and then right for a minute or two, and you’ll arrive at Switchblade.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.8 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Switchblade

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Switchblade:
Fintastic   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Cutting Out   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Yellow line: Under the Knife, 5.11b.
 Blue line: S...

Under The Knife 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Colorado : South Platte : ... : Switchblade
This is the rightmost bolt line on the south-facing buttress. Start with easy slab moves to the first bolt, then follow the right arête of the buttress all the way to the top. It has varied and interesting moves throughout: cracks, underclings, laybacks, overhangs, and thin slabs. The crux seems to be getting over the final bulge before the anchors, on sharp crystals with terrible feet. A rest before the final bulge makes it a good candidate for an onsight....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Ryan Marsters
May 30, 2017
I think the map might be off on this one? Is Switchblade on the crag almost due south of mapped here?
By Sarah Meiser
From: Boulder, Colorado
Jun 1, 2017
The location I used is approximate. If you know it more accurately, give me the info, and I'll update the pages.
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Jun 1, 2017
Ryan is correct, those GPS coordinates are quite a ways off. Here are correct coordinates:

Switchblade: 39.261971, -105.095613.
Passageway: 39.261958, -105.095248.
By Sarah Meiser
From: Boulder, Colorado
Jun 1, 2017
Thanks. Locations have been updated.

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