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Contributed Routes

Name Rating Type Location Date

Little Devil (FA)

V11 8A X (27)

TR, Boulder

CO : Denver South : ... : Miscellaneous Castlewood Bo...

Nov 7, 2002

Seem to Seam

5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a (3)

Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'

CO : Denver South : ... : The Juggernaut Area

Nov 4, 2002

No Wimp Situation

5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a (1)

Sport, TR, 1 pitch

CO : Denver South : ... : The Playground

Oct 29, 2002

Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date

Photo

CO : Denver South : ... : Project X Wall

May 5, 2003

Photo

CO : Denver South : ... : Professor Plum With The Can... (5.12a/b)

Nov 21, 2002

Photo

CO : Denver South : ... : Professor Plum With The Can... (5.12a/b)

Nov 21, 2002

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CO : Denver South : ... : No Wimp Situation (5.11c)

Nov 15, 2002

Jarrod pulls into the final crux.

Jarrod pulls into the final crux.

CO : Denver South : ... : Phalloid Void (5.10b/c)

Nov 12, 2002

Just around the corner to the right of Professor Plum are these two routes...

Just around the corner to the right of Professor Plum are these two routes...

CO : Denver South : ... : No Wimp Situation (5.11c)

Nov 12, 2002

Luke finally gets some quality bouldering time after being dragged up multiple Playground routes by a damn roped climber.

Luke finally gets some quality bouldering time after being dragged up multiple Playground routes by a damn roped climber.

CO : Denver South : ... : The Mod Pod aka Phallic Roc...

Nov 11, 2002

Boulderer Luke at the anchors of Emerald Epitah.  I had no idea this kid could climb something higher than 10 feet.

Boulderer Luke at the anchors of Emerald Epitah. I had no idea this kid could climb something higher than 10 feet.

CO : Denver South : ... : Emerald Epitaph (5.10b)

Nov 11, 2002

First ascentionist Luc cranking the first crux of the wild and crazy Little Devil. <br /> <br />Spotted by Sean Hall.

First ascentionist Luc cranking the first crux of the wild and crazy Little Devil. Spotted by Sean Hall.

CO : Denver South : ... : Little Devil (V11 X)

Nov 8, 2002

A view of Seem to Seam...

A view of Seem to Seam...

CO : Denver South : ... : Seem to Seam (5.12a)

Nov 7, 2002

Tim tops out.

Tim tops out.

CO : Denver South : ... : Phalloid Void (5.10b/c)

Oct 24, 2002

Alex toproping one of his first sport climbs ever.

Alex toproping one of his first sport climbs ever.

CO : Denver South : ... : Phalloid Void (5.10b/c)

Oct 24, 2002

Entering the crux...

Entering the crux...

CO : Denver South : ... : Patrick Hedgeclipper (5.11c)

Oct 23, 2002

Contributed Comments

 

Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : Project X Wall
By: Luc Gruenther When: May 5, 2003

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Comments: I was in shock when I hiked up to the Project X Wall a few days ago and found that someone had used spray paint to graffiti the main wall, just below Nuclear Blue and Project X routes. It is a terrible eyesore on the previously-asthetic face. I know this was not done by climbers, and I also know that any climber in his right mind would put a climbing rope noose around the graffiti "artist's" neck if he could. It's very disappointing to see one of our local crags defaced this way. I've attach... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Arch Rock : Waiting for Staircase 1-3 (5.8-)
By: Luc Gruenther When: Apr 28, 2003

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Comments: With regard to Thompson's post:

Actually, the two rightmost routes (of the three bolted slab routes immediately right of Staircase and immediately left of Hollow Flake) can be done as "sport climbs" with a 60m rope. I've climbed them both several times this way. In fact, I just had an outing with a bunch of beginners and we set up a toprope on the two rightmost routes. They share the same set of anchors, whereas the leftmost bolted route (3-pitch 5.9), goes to a different set of anchors tha... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Turkey Rocks : Turkey Rock
By: Luc Gruenther When: Apr 22, 2003

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Comments: I just talked to Pete Gallager at the Forest Service yesterday (April 22, 2003) and he said that there will most likely be a limited reopening of the Hayman burn areas on April 28th, 2003. Sheep's Nose will probably be accessible as normal, but climbers may only be able to access Turkey by foot from Stump Ranch...a long hike.

He was sure to emphasize that the decision is a "fluid" one, so don't count on anything for sure. Check fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/ for press releases, especially a... more >>


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP
By: Luc Gruenther When: Nov 17, 2002

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Comments: To the dude who tried out Castlewood once and thinks it's "a pile for sure...."

I'd encourage you to check out some of the classics at Castlewood. While some of the routes are a bit loose or suffer from bad bolting, there are some really sweet routes in the Canyon. Give Castlewood another chance and when you do, try some of my favorites. I think all are listed on this website.

Beta Slave (10c), Patrick Hedgeclipper (11c), Korbite Maneuver (12a), Professor Plum (12a/b), Entry Level (8), Pa... more >>


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : The Playground : Professor Plum With The Can... (5.12a/b)
By: Luc Gruenther When: Nov 9, 2002

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Comments: This route is sweet as sweet. The boulder problem off the ground is powerful and intimidating, but well protected if you can manage to clip the first bolt from the ground. The rest of the route is incredible crimping on cobbles and pulling pockets to the top. Wow, fun route.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : The Juggernaut Area : Bat Face (5.10a)
By: Luc Gruenther When: Nov 5, 2002

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Comments: I recently added 2 short chains to the anchors so that you can toprope and lower off this route without having to hike to the top to retrieve gear. I wasn't able to contact Tom Hanson to get his permission. If anyone has a problem with my addition, please let me know (email blueskiesluc@hotmail.com). I would suspect that the climbing community will appreciate being able to lower off this sweet route.


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Elevenmile Dome : Moby Grape (5.7)
By: Luc Gruenther When: Nov 1, 2002

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Comments: The first pitch of this route is a great one if you're looking to take a beginner up a sweet toprope. It is possible to use a 60m rope, but I had to climb the first 15 feet or so of easy rock at the base of the route in order to belay for the toprope. Of course, that also means downclimbing from that point after you've rapped from the anchors. I didn't find it too tough at all.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road
By: Luc Gruenther When: Nov 1, 2002

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Comments: If you're going to camp at Shelf Road, please pay the $4/night fee. The campgrounds, roads, and trails are maintained by the Bureau of Land Management, which has been extremely cooperative with climbers. Shelf is one of the few climbing areas with trail signs that point your way to specific climbing areas. Furthermore, the trails are well maintained solely for climbers use; it's not like a state or national park, which maintains trails for tourists and which climbers benefit from as... more >>


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : North Gateway Rock : Southwest Face / Finger Fac... : Place in the Sun (5.8)
By: Luc Gruenther When: Oct 26, 2002

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Comments: For what it's worth, I just did this route yesterday and found it to be less than pleasing due to the poor rock quality. Some of the flakes are incredibly brittle and flakey, to the point that I didn't want to weight them, but had to in order to make the moves.

The above comment is correct in that the route is harder than 5.8 due to ledges of the soft sandstone being pulled off.


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