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The Goose

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Arete T 
Batman S 
Big Bruce S 
Deserted Cities of the Heart S 
Duck, Duck, Goose T 
East Face / Goose T 
Golden Goat S 
Loosey Goosey T 
Love's Labor Lost S 
Mother Goose T 
Raging Bull (aka Cub) S 
South Arete T 
South Face T 
Sweet and Innocent T 

The Goose Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,380'
Location: 39.9668, -105.2882 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Jan 1, 2001
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BETA PHOTO: From The Slab, 4/11/02.

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  • Description 

    This interesting rock is kinda hard to find and has a moderately long approach (by Boulder standards). The routes on it are great and it is worth a visit on a nice Saturday--you won't have to worry about crowds here.

    The east face routes are a bit challenging to decipher.

    There are seasonal closures, so check with Boulder Mountain Parks

    Getting There 

    From the Fern Canyon Trail, hike up the canyon until you see a clearing to the East. Hike now until you see a wood sign with red paint that says, "Fern Canyon." The trail starts about 50m further up the trail and is marked with a cairn. Follow the talus up to the Goose.

    Climbing Season

    For the South area.

    Weather station 2.3 miles from here

    14 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

    Classic Climbing Routes in The Goose

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Goose:
    East Face / Goose   5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   
    South Face   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad   
    Deserted Cities of the Heart   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches   
    Love's Labor Lost   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
    Batman   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
    Sweet and Innocent   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
    Golden Goat   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
    Raging Bull (aka Cub)   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Big Bruce   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in The Goose

    Featured Route For The Goose
    Rock Climbing Photo: Ben cranking up Loves Labor Lost, the Goose.

    Love's Labor Lost 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  Colorado : Flatirons : ... : The Goose
    Start up on the ramp to the left of Deserted Cities and follow the bolts to the same anchor as Deserted Cities. A few runout sections have cracks for the mentioned pro. Excellent face climbing to a great summit.Descent: A single bolt with a ring or traverse 20ft. to double rings. A single 50m rap to ledge then downclimb ledge. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Sep 23, 2003
    If you rap the S face from above Arete, Raging Bull, Sweet & Innocent, beware that pulling your ropes can be quite difficult. It may be wiser to rap to the W.
    By Gold Plated Rocket Pony
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 15, 2010
    This is a long shot, but I lost a pair of sunglasses around "Love's Labor Lost" on August 1st, 2010. They are Strike Kings and probably worth about 2 bucks, but I liked them. Mucho beer as a reward if returned.
    By fossana
    From: leeds, ut
    Nov 11, 2013
    The most efficient way to get off of the Goose without a rope is to downclimb to the west from the notch between the N and S summits (Sierra class 4). From here, you can drop down the talus past the Fiddlehead to pick up the Fern Canyon trail. This avoids to bushwhacking/scrambling nonsense you would encounter on the north or east sides.
    By Flatirons Climbing Council
    Jan 7, 2014
    One application has been submitted for the current (January 2014) cycle of the Flatirons Climbing Council's Fixed Hardware Review Committee application process: on the west face of the Goose.

    You can visit flatironsclimbingcouncil.wordp... to view it; please post comments below the application or submit them via email to The public vote and meeting will be held Wednesday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. at The Spot gym, Boulder, Colorado.
    By Flatirons Climbing Council
    Aug 4, 2014
    There are a handful of new-route applications for the Autumn 2014 cycle of the Flatirons Climbing Committee's Fixed Hardware Review Committee, for the Matron, the Goose, Pebble Beach, and Dinosaur Rock. We will be holding a public meeting and vote on these climbs on Wednesday, September 3, 6:30 p.m. at The Spot gym in Boulder. Please visit flatironsclimbingcouncil.wordp...
    to review and leave comments on the applications.

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