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The Ridge Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,858'
Location: 39.05021, -108.60846 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Skyeler Congdon on Aug 20, 2009
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View from the Ridge at Dynamite Shacks.


I'll go out on a limb and say the Ridge has the best bouldering in the GJ vicinity (not counting Unaweep, of course). There is a great/classic at nearly every grade up to V7 and potential for more hard, tall lines. Bring a brush and crew to spot you, some of these problems are tall and dangerous.

ROUTE NAME DISCLAIMER: I hiked up here a lot in Spring 2007, and established a few lines and was there when other people (all affiliated with the gym I worked at) put up stuff. We tried to find FA info, but couldn't. If you know of names of these problems that predate 2007 please comment! The lines that I credit myself with the FA I'm 99% positive were never done before (Hesitation, The Bushwhacker, etc.).

Getting There 

Once at the main area hike west up the big hill. Aim for the Isosceles Boulder and the hike is not too steep. At one point (2 yrs ago) the MSC kids had a Trail Day and cut a trail that started by the Easy Flake Boulder and went more or less straight up. Look for that, but it's probably in bad shape. We could use another trail day here....

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Ridge:
Out and Back   V1+ 5     Boulder   Dynamite Cliff Band
Menudo on We   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 16'   Dynamite Cliff Band
Unknown   V3 6A     Boulder   Dynamite Cliff Band
Isosceles    V3 6A R     Boulder, 15'   Isosceles Boulder
Ben's Dyno   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Dynamite Cliff Band
Vodka Arete-Left   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Vodka Block
Delusions of Grandeur    V6- 7A     Boulder, 14'   Dynamite Cliff Band
Vodka Arete-Right   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Vodka Block
Delusions of Persecution   V6 7A     Boulder, 14'   Dynamite Cliff Band
Medusa's Knees    V7 7A+     Boulder   Dynamite Cliff Band
Lisenby Roof   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     TR, 25'   Dynamite Cliff Band
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Vodka Arete-Left V5 6C  Colorado : Grand Junction Area : ... : Vodka Block
The Shacks' version of Cocaine Corner in Camp 4!! Vodka Arete is one of my personal favorites- though I've never sent the f*****. This is the curving, southeast arete that gets harder the higher you go.It can be done as a sit or stand start at roughly the same grade, but I recommend the sit start- it adds a cool sequence to get established on the arete....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Buck Dooley
Jun 5, 2011
There is a great trail up to the ridge if you follow the line out to the Millenium Falcon. Continue on up the stone steps to the south end of the ridge and then traverse at the base of the wall back to the Isosciles. Thanks to whomever put this trail in; it is great.
By Rschap
From: Grand Junction, CO
Jul 29, 2012
The Western Colorado Climbers’ Coalition had an Adopt-a-Crag day out at the Shacks on July 28, 2012. During this, the trail to The Ridge was repaired and cairns were placed to make it easier to find. The trail starts just before you get to the Warm Up boulder (Easy Flake, YO-TAN-CHI-LA) and achieves the ridge next to the Vodka Boulder. The trail was rerouted in a couple of places to help avoid erosion.

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