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Whirlpool Rock Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: ac on Jun 12, 2005
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This cliff is a little gem above the well-known delinquent-teen (among others) cliff jumping hotspot "The Devil's Punchbowl." Cool spot, couple hundred yards past Passwalls on the left(if driving from Aspen). Exquisite trad & mixed routes, weird, funky route-finding, Steep! Beautiful boulder problem in the talus field below the crag, high-start arete.

Highlights include Cohen's Crown (9) on the left-center, starting up the gaping chimney, and Flexible Flyer (10c?) just right of the prow. Amazing climb! Beautiful corner with "interesting" gear through a few roofs, to a sexy black headwall with a single bolt. Friggin excellent. Flying Dutchman (11c) is really good too, especially with the bouldery jump-start just left of Flexible. Enjoy!

This cliff is steep and beautiful, with hard to find gear instead of the usual tedious bolt-ladders.

Getting There 

Park at the devil's Punchbowl, and punch it across the road and up to the swirly shields of Whirlpool Rock towering obviously above. 5 minute approach.

Climbing Season

For the Independence Pass area.

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Whirlpool Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Whirlpool Rock:
Whirlpool Arete   V7 7A+     Boulder   
Flexible Flyer   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For Whirlpool Rock
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Cohen's Crown 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : Independence Pass : Whirlpool Rock
This route is an old school classic, featuring some of the steepest 5.9 gear climbing around. Due to the traversing nature of the bottom half of the route, careful placements and extension are required to keep rope drag reasonable. Or it can be broken into two short pitches.Start on the left side of the cave and work left to a pin below the grey flake where the steepness begins. You can get an optional belay here for rope drag purposes. Continue up the steep, juggy climbing plugging cams and cli...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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