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The Aircraft Carrier Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 39.4771, -106.3681 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Aircraft Carrier is a secluded bouldering spot with a little something for everyone. The first boulder that was developed was the aircraft carrier. This boulder has a about ten problems on it. The area around the boulder has been developed as well yielding an excellent V9 called the Cool Arete.

Getting There 

Take US Highway 24 south from I-70. Drive south through Minturn and up and over Battle Mountain. After about five miles of driving uphill, you will reach the top of Battle Mountain. After this, you will descend for about two miles before going over a large bridge. This is the Red Cliff bridge. Continue over the bridge and down the hill. At the bottom of the hill is the parking on the right for the Kluttergarden. Continue past this parking lot for about two miles before taking a right onto Homestake Road. Homestake Road is a dirt road and appears right before some switchbacks. Once you make a right on Homestake Road, continue down the road until you cross a bridge. Immediately after the bridge park on your right in a small two car pullout. Park here.

Hike north along the river on a trail for about 1/4 mile. After 1/4 mile look left for a large boulder. When you see this boulder, turn left and hike uphill south of the big boulder. Continue hiking uphill on the trail for another 200 feet before reaching the Aircraft Carrier.

Climbing Season

For the Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff area.

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Aircraft Carrier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Aircraft Carrier:
Star Crossed Lovers   V6- 7A     Boulder, 12'   
Dem Apples    V8 7B R     Boulder, 20'   
Cool Arete   V9 7C     Boulder, 15'   
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Route 4 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Colorado : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : The Aircraft Carrier
Again I am still curious of this route's grade and name.Start below first bolt, and climb crimps, edges, and a pinch on top of a left-leaning, undercling thingy to clip the first three bolts. The holds/crimps get better at the third bolt. After the third bolt, obtain an undercling which is above your head, and reach right for sidepull or crimp that allows you to high step your left foot. Then reach up with your right hand for an amazing, resting, jug flake. The fourth bolt is...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By La Vida
From: Denver
Sep 26, 2012
This is a very cool area! My gf and I hiked to check out this place for future climbing and was very pleased of the aesthetic of the rock. The quality is ok, but there are also several "hard" problems on the back side of this boulder. Does anyone know or have any beta on these routes?

Also, I noticed a lot of new bolts on the short wall that surrounds this boulder. Any beta on this short sport wall? Looks fun! Any info is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Oct 15, 2012
V11 on the backside is called Rhythm of the Saint.
By mkclimb
Aug 30, 2015
There are several bolted lines around here. Not sure on any of the names, but general grades....

If looking uphill at the bolted lines behind the aircraft carrier, from R->L

Rightmost - 5.8/short.
Next - 5.11-.
Next - 5.11.
Next - 5.11.
Leftmost - Cool Arete (V9), highball problem. Can also aim straight up after the first part of the boulder problem, making it a little easier.

Across the field, there are four more bolted lines. Most are below 5.10, but the one steep line with the obvious mantle crux is 12+/13-.
By ZachP
From: Avon CO
Jul 20, 2016
Anyone know who put up the bolted climbs behind The Carrier? I'd like to add some anchor hardware to a couple of the climbs but wanna get permission first. Please PM me if you have any info.

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