Scramble up to the top of the Cave Wall right above the cave. There are two chimneys. One is wider, and if you look into it, you can see light. This is the one you want. Drop a rope down it and belay from the top. Once down, check out all the graffiti. Not cool at all! Chimney your way back up. Look for features in the rock. This is recommended as a beginner chimney climb as it can get wet in there. Pretty cool.
Trees and stuff at top of chimney.
From: Portland, OR
Jun 11, 2002
This is a fun place to cool off on hot days, once down in the bottom in the cave, look for some chalk on a head level part of the chimney, go up this way, its much harder than the regular route. Sorry I can't give a better description, but I'm sure you'll find it.
From: Portland, OR
Oct 31, 2005
HAHA. How the years teach us. Yeah, look for the chalk, that was there three years ago, don't worry, it's not like water runs down this chimney with gusto after and during every rain. 5.6 seems stout for this vertical sidewalk. Decent place to practice using retrievable/removable anchors for canyoneering when its wet or raining. Just hope that anchor pulls down when it should, otherwise, jump out the cave! It's too bad people have absolutely f-ed this place up with their garbage and graffiti, it really is a neat place. Anyone notice the beautiful graffiti in the pristine multi-tiered cave off trail past Morning Sun Wall? What a shame...
|By Tom Hanson|
Nov 1, 2005
I am really sorry to hear about more graffiti at The Wood. Several years ago some vandals painted a hideous mural at the base of The Projects Wall on the east rim.On another note, as a climber, I am somewhat fond of seeing chalk on handholds of established routes and boulder problems. I know that the non-climbing public doesn't share my opinion and for this reason many climbing areas have an annual chalk clean up.For some reason, Castlewood does not retain chalk on the rock as in other areas. This is basically good, but also frustrating because over the years I have heard many people claiming first ascents of lines that were climbed several years prior. This is especially true for many of the boulder problems in the park.Castlewood has had high levels of bouldering activity since the early eighties, at least. Recently, anyone venturing outside of what is covered in Benningfields guide think that they are doing a FA. Only about .01% of the established boulder problems at Castlewood are covered in Colorado Bouldering. Even the majority of the problems that are listed in Colorado Bouldering have new names on them, suggesting that those who bestowed the new names thought that they were doing a FA.
|By Brandon johnson|
From: Highlands Ranch, CO
Apr 10, 2006
This chimney is really quite easy going either up or down. Tends to be a bit more difficult going down than back up. It seems as if every time I am in there it has water on it but I have learned to deal with it. Does anybody know of any natural looking spray paint that could be used to cover up the graffiti that has ruined this great place?