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The Overlook

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Brenda from Kansas T,S 
Denver Nugget T 
Golden Child T 
Greenfield T 
Jersey Devil T 
Lobo T 
Louisville Slugger S 
Minnesota Fats T 
Obscurity Risk T,S 
Philadelphia Flyer T,S 
Probe, The S 
Straight Out of Compton T 
Transylvania T,S 
Yosemite Sam T 

The Overlook Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,900'
Location: 39.9796, -105.4539 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Oct 20, 2005
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  • Description 

    A good cliff with a selection of trad and sport climbs. There are 12 routes so far. The crag is the upper tier of Broken Rock and offers great views in a quiet setting high above Boulder Creek.


    A. Transylvania, 11, 1p, 70', bolts & gear. Cracks to flake to steep face. Start at pine tree by cave.
    B. Yosemite Sam, 10+, 1p, 60', gear. Overhanging crack 15' L of C.
    C. Louisville Slugger, 11+, 1p, 60', bolts & gear. Overhanging face 10' L of E.
    D. Golden Child, 11, 1p, 55', bolts & gear. Overhanging face to crack 5' L of E.
    E. Straight Out of Compton, 8+, 1p, 70', gear. Twin cracks & corner to flake/bulge.
    F. Denver Nugget, 7+, 1p, 70', gear. Pod 10' R of E.
    G. Minnesota Fats, 10, 1p, 50', gear. Thin crack to shallow offset corners. 35' downhill & L of J.
    H. Lobo 10, 1p, 50', gear. Face to hanging flakes. Just R of G.
    I. Greenfield, 11, 1p, 80', bolt & gear. Bulge to finger crack. Just R of H.
    J. Obscurity Risk, 12-, 1p, 55', gear.
    K. Philadelphia Flyer, 11, 1p, 60', 2 bolts & gear. Corners to hand crack through roof. 10' L of K.
    L. Jersey Devil 9+, 1p, 50', bolts & gear. Corners & roofs on R side of cliff.
    M. The Probe 11+, 1p, 50', bolts & gear. Climb the roof 10' R of K.

    Flake Right?, 7.

    Getting There 

    Park as for Castle Rock. Cross the bridge and skirt the right (west) side of Broken Rock. At the top of Broken Rock traverse left and reach the far right side of the Overlook. The first route you get to is The Probe; the remaining routes are left and downhill from there.

    Approach takes 10-15 minutes.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 2.5 miles from here

    14 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in The Overlook

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Overlook:
    Obscurity Risk   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
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    Featured Route For The Overlook
    Rock Climbing Photo: Very overhanging, packs a lot of punch for 20 feet...

    Yosemite Sam 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : The Overlook
    Climb the overhanging finger/hand crack to some nice jugs. Power through the roof. It doesn't look that bad until you are standing under it. I felt the crux was just getting started. Once you are in it, the jams and jugs are solid. Move fast, once you are in it, the clock is ticking.Belay at a tree or use the anchors for Louisville Slugger....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Jun 5, 2006
    Is the line up on the Overlook with the fixed nuts and pins a project, an open project, or an existing climb?
    By Greg Hand
    From: Golden, CO
    Jun 5, 2006
    T, the route with fixed nuts/pins is an existing climb rated 12a. I forget which guide I saw it in. It would be more friendly if the gear were "updated", but the FAs would need to do that.
    By Ron Olsen
    From: Boulder, CO
    Jun 5, 2006
    According to Rossiter's Boulder Canyon guidebook, the route is Obscurity Risk, 12a, FA by Don DeBieux, 1993.
    By david goldstein
    Jun 16, 2007
    I found this crag a disappointment as most climbs are over after ten or fifteen feet. Momentum Operator on Broken Rock, along the approach, seemed much more worthwhile.

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