Route Climbed: Standard Trail (1st time), SW Face (2nd time) Date Climbed: 3/11/02
I climbed this peak twice today. The first time was just a morning run up the standard trail.
Half-way through the day, I got an e-mail from John asking if I had ever taken a look at the SW face with climbing in mind. I said, no, and promptly drove out to Red Rocks to have a look.
I bushwacked up to the face and found the left side to be very loose, dirty, and steep, so I hiked around to the right side. This seemed a little better. I followed a short section of 5.easy up to a class 2 ramp. Then I followed the ramp for a few hundred feet to a headwall. I climbed the loose, steep limestone for a couple hundred feet to the summit. This last section was 5.6-ish.
I don't recommend this climb to anyone. There were only a few enjoyable moves and lots of pulling on questionable rock. There's a huge amount of excellent rock at Red Rocks, so don't waste your time on this piece of crap.
Route Climbed: Standard Trail Date Climbed: 12/25/01
The morning temperature was too low for me to feel like rock climbing, so I hiked up Turtlehead Peak. It was an uneventful, snow-free hike. When I got down, the temperature had warmed up nicely. I spent the rest of the day free-soloing multi-pitch moderates.