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"S" Buttress, The T 
Cold Shot S 
Cracking the Code S 
Crash Test Blondes S 
Friendly Fire T 
Get Smart T 
Hot Flyer S 
Hot Wire S 
Juice, The S 
Just A Little Insecure S 
Led Astray S 
Plan B S 
Pup S,TR 
S Buttress Direct T 

Upper Security Risk Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,450'
Location: 40.0048, -105.3931 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Jan 1, 2001
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Upper Security Risk, Boulder Canyon.

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  • Description 

    Mainly sport climbing, but there are some trad lines also. I haven't climbed much here, but there are some high quality sport climbs especially in the more difficult grades. Most of the routes are long, so bring up to 14 QDs. Bring tape for the crack climbs.

    There have been eagle nesting closures which have limited access to this crag in the Feb. 1 - July 31 timeframe.


    A. S Buttress, 9+, 1p, 80', gear & bolts from B.
    B. Pup, 9, 1p, 100', bolts.
    C. Crash Test Blondes, 11, 1p, 100', bolts.
    DA. S Buttress Direct, 10, 1p, 90', gear.
    E. Led Astray, 11-, 1p, 80', bolts.
    F. Crossfire, 9, 1p, gear.
    G. Friendly Fire, 10 R, 1p, 100', gear.
    H. Cracking The Code, 11, 2-3p, bolts.
    I. Just a Little Insecure, 12-, 1p, bolts.
    J. Get Smart, 10+ R, 1p, 100', gear.
    K. Plan B, 12, 1p, 95', bolts.
    L. The Juice, 12+, 1p, bolts.
    ML. The Juiced Flyer, 12-, 1p, bolts.
    M. Hot Flyer, 11+, 1p, gear or bolts.
    N. Hot Wire, 12+, 1p, 100', bolts.
    O. Cappuchino, 10+ R/X, 1p, gear.
    P. Espresso, 10+, R, 1p, gear.

    Getting There 

    Hike as you would to Happy Hour Crag, but instead of veering left, keep heading straight up the hill.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 4.4 miles from here

    14 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Security Risk

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Security Risk:
    Pup   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
    Get Smart   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
    Cold Shot   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
    Cracking the Code   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches   
    Crash Test Blondes   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
    Hot Flyer   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
    Just A Little Insecure   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
    Plan B   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
    Hot Wire   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
    The Juice   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Hot Flyer.

    Hot Flyer 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : ... : Upper Security Risk
    (Climb the funky yellow corners on the right side of Upper Security Risk.) This route is amazing. Since it was retrobolted in 1994, it's a rare opportunity to climb a route that must have been damn scary to lead on trad gear. In fact even with bolts, the climbing is insecure and technical enough to get a little concerned, especially near the top as the pump kicks in and you have to step up onto a technical slab. Definitely harder than many of the newer 12a routes in the canyon, it has the qualit...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By Joshua Lewis
    Mar 21, 2002
    Had a close encounter with a huge Golden Eagle on the Solar Dome about a month ago. Partner was near the top of Altoids when this thing just stalled right above her for a moment--seemed like within 10'. It'd be great if there were more of these incredible creatures flying around--please respect these closures; they'll benefit us all in the long run.
    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Apr 8, 2010
    Forest Service Reopens Climbing Areas in Boulder Canyon
    Contact: Maribeth Pecotte, (303) 541-2500

    Boulder, Colo. (April 2, 2010) – The Forest Service has reopened some climbing areas in Boulder Canyon that were closed to protect golden eagles during their nesting season.

    Security Risk and the Blob Rock/Bitty Buttress areas are now open to climbing and other activities. These areas are located along State Highway 119, approximately 1.5 miles east of Boulder Falls.

    These closures help protect a long-established golden eagle nesting territory, including valuable alternate nest sites. Although these areas are being reopened, the Forest Service anticipates reinstating the closures in future years, to allow the eagles to choose their nest site without being disturbed.

    The Eagle Rock area remains closed to climbing and other activities and is expected to remain closed through July 31. Signs will be posted at key access points into the areas remaining closed. Volunteers and Forest Service personnel will continue to monitor the areas.
    For the most current closure information, check signs in the areas, or visit the Boulder Ranger District web site at

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