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Coat of Arms Corner and The Rat Cracks

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Coat of Arms Corner and The Rat Cracks 


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Submitted By: Dan Mottinger on Apr 4, 2002
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BETA PHOTO: Rat Cracks from Lake Gulch Trail, Crag in center.
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This area of Castlewood has a few routes of good quality that see little traffic. Like Castlewood, in these few routes you'll find sport, trad, and TR climbing. The Rat Cracks are a series of cracks that can be useful in identifying the area as well as providing some trad leads.


Getting There 

Approach the area by parking at the furthest N. lot on the S. entrance to the wood. Take the Lake Gulch Trail N from the lot and follow it to the creek and Creek Bottom Trail. The area is on the North Rim and can be difficult to find. It is the furthest N. area along this sector of the rim. Try to identify the area by the unusual Rat Cracks.


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Dan getting ready for the upper face climbing. (Photo taken by Tom Mottinger)

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By Dan Mottinger
Dec 30, 2002

It wasn't mentioned yet so I'll say to bring very long slings and/or an extra rope to set up topropes for most of these climbs. There simply isn't a lot for pro at the top of some of the climbs so the closest anchors are trees and boulders a ways away from the cliff top.

By TJ Quirk
From: Parker, CO
Mar 22, 2010

Note: The Shakespearean Theater, the next crag to the East of this cliff, is closed to climbing Mar, Apr, and May 2010 due to raptor nesting.