West Ridge - part C - Pony Express to Long John Rock Climbing
West Ridge Part C (vicinity of Sooberb).
This section is the middle of the West Ridge and may be considered by some to be the heart. In some ways, it does feel meatier than other sections. It is arbitrarily defined by the well-known Pony Express
and Long John Wall. The name for this section is abbreviated to help fit screens.
This section has some of the best rock along the ridge, but still it has significant loose sections, especially up and right from Pony Express/Mescaline.
Interestingly, this section of the ridge seems to have some seen of the earlier forays in 1965 by P. Ament on Rhombohedral, The Mail Ridge, & Sooberb
Some of the entrees here include: the beefy Mesca-Line
, 5.7; Ignominity
, 5.9; the filling P1 of Pony Express
, 5.9; the hearty Variation to Mail Ridge
, 5.10; Sooberb
, 5.10c; the robust Muscle and Hate
, 5.11a; the classic Practice Climb 101 to Sidewall
(i.e. Practice Wall
, 5.11a s); the hungrier-sized Pony Express
, 5.11c; the demanding Iron Horse
, 5.11c s; the test-piece The Reckoning
, 5.12d; among others. There are plenty of other, more-obscure moderate lines here if the popular classics are occupied, so a open mind is helpful on busy weekends here.
It can get quite warm in this section on hot days. Shade will be hard to find when the sun shines here. Don't forget sunscreen for the melanin-challenged!
Best to bring your rack here, for without it, there are slim pickings, maybe one? sport route Barrel of Monkeys
It's probably wiser to figure out your descent options before heading up above the first pitches here. Most will involve rappelling.
Approach is best via stream crossing at the Milton Boulder or the standard approach from the east end of the park, hiking along the trail parallel to the creek below Redgarden Wall, over the slick, 3rd-class ramp, and then up the west side of the West Ridge.
This section tends to be some of the more popular along the West Ridge.
Approach is dependent upon the depth of the creek, the parking available, and your desires for the day. You can approach this section of the ridge by parking at the Milton Boulder, wade the stream or boulder hop (Aug-ish to May-ish) to the base of the ridge and ascend. Or, you can approach by parking at the E end of the park, cross the bridge, hike on the trail paralleling the creek, and traverse the slippery 3rd class ramp around to the base of the West Ridge. Note, this last traverse is intimidating for small kids and particularly green partners. Then, you hike along the trail at the base of the W face of the West Ridge to your desired route.
Weather station 0.3 miles from here
61 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',26],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',2]
Classic Climbing Routes in West Ridge - part C - Pony Express to Long John
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Ridge - part C - Pony Express to Long John:
Sooberb 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches
Iron Horse 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, 2 pitches
Reckoning 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Trad, Sport, 2 pitches
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|Comments on West Ridge - part C - Pony Express to Long John
By Dwight Jugornot
From: Arvada, Co.
Nov 6, 2016
The area above Pony Express to Sister Morphine is loaded with loose rock.
I know of more than one teetering 200 pounder. Freeze/thaw cycles or climbers walking off higher routes can and do send death blocks down periodically. This is a popular place to hang out. Wear helmets, and keep kids and dogs well away from the base.