Black Hawk Area

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Afternoon sun
10 mins

This may just be the most popular section of the most popular cliff in the country and with good reason. There are classics galore here especially in the lower grades. It is a place you will enjoy and keep returning to. If it is busy, consider walking a bit further down the edge to the delights of the Robin Hood and Mississippi areas. Guidebook page 180.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
Black Hawk Bastion
16m. The roofed groove is steady up to the big square overhang where committing moves lead left to a wild finish up the hanging...
4 user comments
2 Stars
E3 5c
14m. An elegant climb up the arete and wall left of the big corner. The lower arete is technical as far as the short vertical...
13 user comments
3 Stars
HVS 5b
Castle Crack
18m. The big slippery right-angled corner is climbed to ledges by laybacking or awkward jamming. Finish direct easily, or up...
8 user comments
2 Stars
HS 4b
Black Hawk
14m. Climb the crack right of the corner and the overhang to a ledge then step right and follow a shallow crack that leads to a...
4 user comments
2 Stars
HS 4c
16m. Climb the polished V-shaped groove to the glossy ledges. Step right and follow the thin crack until just below its top...
13 user comments
1 Stars
HVS 5b
Black Hawk Traverse Left
18m. An ancient classic. Up the polished groove in the centre of the wall and make the ‘Bishop's Stride' around the bulge to...
8 user comments
3 Stars
16m. A short-lived and fingery eliminate up the wall to the right of the slanting crack has a couple of good moves.
1 user comment
E1 5c
Tribute to Joy
14m. Climb the shallow groove to the break and then access the slab with the greatest of difficulty. Reclimbed after the loss...
1 user comment
1 Stars
E6 6c
Black Hawk Hell Crack Top 50
14m. The crack in the right side of the wall is the line. It is juggy and well protected. A few slings might be found useful.
13 user comments
3 Stars
S 4a
Black Hawk Traverse Right
16m. Also known as Blizzard Chimney. Start to the left of the prominent chimney and follow scratched footholds rightwards to a...
9 user comments
2 Stars
  • Latest Comments


    Pacific Ocean Wall
    "Can be started in the centre of the wall and then moving slightly left to gain t..." 22/Jul

    Flying Buttress Direct
    "Finally !!! After walking past thinking I'll never be good enough. First route o..." 18/Jul top50

    Needle Crack
    "Glad we top-roped this. Unprotected and bad landing. Apparently we shouldn't c..." 30/Apr

    Cave Gully Wall
    "The start slab in a sandbag at 5a. May be 5a for people 5'9'' and above. 5b woul..." 23/Aug

    "The gear's alright (small, but protects the hard climbing) and there's loads of ..." 20/Aug

    Off With His Head
    "Hard and steep climbing. Powerfull but very well protected." 02/Jun

    Tippler Direct
    "crux move can be done statically (even by the short, I was 5.5 at the time), the..." 28/May top50

    Hargreaves' Original
    "Did this one not long after starting to lead VS and although the moves are all t..." 22/Oct

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