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Bad Bowl T,S 
Dark Crystal S 
Dr. Jones S 
Hot Line T,S 
Orange Crank S 
Stash Pocket S 

The Secret Stash Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.9825, -107.6449 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: gimpmonkey on May 6, 2013
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L->R: Stash Pocket, Hot Line, Dark Crystal.


This crag is a nice place to spend a secluded afternoon climbing in a spectacular setting, especially if you have 4 wheel drive! There are currently 6 routes here with potential for several more. All climbs are on high quality, very hard quartzite, although some looseness is ever-present (it's the San Juans, ya know). Most routes are sport, but 2 require gear as well. All routes are easily toproped, since you approach from the top and rappel in. Bring webbing for large pine tree to anchor at the top of Bad Bowl.

The area faces west/sw, so it gets great afternoon sun. Both the top and bottom of crag are very steep, so extra care needs to be taken with loose rock. Once things start rolling down this slope, they do not stop! There are sweet campsites right at the parking as an added bonus!

Getting There 

Go south out of Ouray on Hwy. 550 a few miles until you reach Engineer Mountain Pass Road on the left. Put it into 4 wheel drive and start bumping up the road 0.8 mile to a parking pullout/campsite on the right. If you do not have a 4x4, then park it on the highway and hike 20 minutes up the road, or hitch a ride on a Texas Wheelchair. From lower campsite at parking, start hiking behind firepit heading West towards Uncompahgre River gorge and tall pine tree on the cliff edge. The approach time is maybe 1 minute from the truck!

There is a tall pine tree at the top of Bad Bowl. Scramble downhill from pine tree to rappel anchor over Hot Line.

Climbing Season

For the Ouray vicinity (rock) area.

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

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