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The Dark Side Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Allen Riling on Aug 29, 2011
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Dusty cleaning the Hans Solo crack.


This is a clean, polished, north-facing wall with a few very high quality routes.

Getting There 

Approach from the top as for The Penthouse. When you are about a 1/4 mile above The Penthouse, locate a giant cairn in the center of the trail. At that cairn, turn right and make your way down the hill side (North-ish). It will seem like you are heading into no man's land! Look for a small perch on the edge of the cliff with a fat, gnarly tree at the edge. The rappel anchors are down in front of the tree.

Climbing Season

For the Durango area.

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Featured Route For The Dark Side

Hans Solo 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c  Colorado : Durango : ... : The Dark Side
Rappel down the face of the dark side to the base of the cliff (2 raps with one 60m rope). The crack angles on the left side of the wall. A tricky crux down low leads to secure jamming or nice edging and laybacking. The route breaks up nicely into two pitches. The second pitch is a bit harder and a little bit contrived. From the anchor, climb straight up on easy terrain protected by gear for about 30 feet. Climb under an obvious roof, and clip a bolt at the lip of the roof. From there, pull the...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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