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Diggler, The S 
Fission aka Ken T'ank S 
Fully Automatic T,S 
Gauntlet, The S 
Handicapable S 
I Don’t Know What It'’s Called, I Just Know The Sound It Makes When It Takes A Man’'s Life (aka Beretta) S 
Ken T'ank Low Start S 
Off the Couch S 
Overhangover, The S 
Semi -Automatic T 
Siberian Express S 

The Armory Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,200'
Location: 39.74067, -105.41445 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Armory is sufficiently distinct from the other crags at Tunnel Six to warrant this separate listing. It is located just off the stream and directly across from the tunnel. There are really five distinct crags in the area with routes on them: Nomad's Cave is furthest west followed by, The Primo Wall, The Crystal Tower, The Armory, and a newly developed crag significantly uphill from the Armory called The Conspiracy Crag. The crags close to the water are separated from each other by clear drainages that define the crags. Presently there is a tyrolean strung directly to the Armory that serves for all of the crags in this local. There are half a dozen routes at the Armory, most bolted, and most are largely difficult- 5.11+ or harder. There is also a burly trad line here as well.

Getting There 

Whatever approach you use to get to Primo or the Crystal Tower will work. The tyrolean is located 100 yards east of the parking.


A. Handicapable, 12, 1p, 40', bolts.
B. Off the Couch, 10, 1p, 50', bolts.
C? The Diggler, 11+, 1p, 35', bolts.
D. Bar Stangle Spanner, 12, TR.
E. Shield of Fate, 1p, TR.
F1. Siberian Express, 14?, 1p, 65', bolts.
F2. The Overhangover, 13-, 1p, 65', bolts.
F3. The Gauntlet, 12+, 1p, 65', bolts.
G. Fission aka Ken T'ank, 12, 1p, 50', bolts.
HG. Ken T'ank Low Start, 12+, 1p, 70', bolts.
I. I Don’t Know What It'’s Called, I Just Know The Sound It Makes When It Takes A Man’'s Life (aka Beretta), 14, 1p, 40', bolts.
J. Fully Automatic, 12+, 1p, 50', gear & bolts.
K. Semi -Automatic, 11, 1p, 50', gear.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Armory

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Armory:
Off the Couch   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Semi -Automatic   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Handicapable   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Fission aka Ken T'ank   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Gauntlet   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Fully Automatic   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Overhangover   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
I Don’t Know What It'’s Called, I Just Know The Sound It Makes When It Takes A Man’'s Life (aka Beretta)   5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Siberian Express   5.14c 8c+ 34 XI- 35 E9 7b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Ken T'ank Photo by Erik McGillvary.

Fission aka Ken T'ank 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  Colorado : Golden : ... : The Armory
This is a great route and far enough away from the road to be enjoyable.This route is downstream from the main Primo Wall cliff. Pass the main wall, and then pass a slab (with 5.9 and 12b routes) until you reach a wall that is almost perpendicular with the river. Someone wrote "Ken T'ank" in chalk at the base of the route. The upper portion of this wall has very cool wave shapes. Also look for a small bush halfway up the wall. The route moves up through thin crimps to a toss to a sloper. The...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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The Armory tyrol on 5/23/11.
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By half-pad-mini-jug
From: crauschville
Oct 4, 2012
Admins: Route sorting for this area is a little out of order. The Diggler belongs on the far left, and Semi-Automatic belongs on the far right.
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Aug 4, 2015
To whomever installed the ladder at the tyrolean, thanks for the efforts! Makes it super easy to access now, but I'm wondering why you took down my static line for the tyrol and replaced it with dynamic? Was the line bad? I'd like to get my line back if it's not going to be used.
By Gajewski
Aug 8, 2015
Hey Jay, so that was me who replaced the tyrolean. I used dynamic, because I am still trying to get my hands on a semi-static line. I have a few friends in the area looking for me, and I am guessing you haven't been across the line in a while, the black rope had completely de-sheathed in the middle of the line, about 15 ft long, and the white line was splitting around the tree. Upon further inspection, I found that the sheath was almost completely worn through on the top side of the black line, and most of the white line was showing core as well. Long story short, I wouldn't hang my clothes on that line, let alone trust it to hold crowds of people crossing. The dynamic lines are a temporary fix until I install the static lines. That being said, if anyone has static lines they are willing to donate, I will be happy to do the labor to install them!

By Gajewski
Aug 8, 2015
Oh and as far as the old lines - sorry, man, but they are long trashed, those lines were about as haggard as it got, and I didn't want anyone considering using them for ANYTHING. Honestly, they should have been replaced a year ago or more. Since no one had been maintaining them, I did think they would be missed. Sorry, dude, trust me you wouldn't have wanted them anyways.
By Jay Samuelson
From: Denver CO
Aug 10, 2015
No worries, Ryan, thanks for all your effort out there!