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Denver South  


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Description 

Denver South refers to climbing south of the big smoke, with the town of Castle Rock at its center. Castle Rock is a town of about 40,000 people and its approximately half way between Denver and Colorado Springs. For many people Castle Rock is an Outlet shopping center, but for climbers and boulderer's it is the town closes to Castlewood Canyon and Castlewood Ranch boulders.

At 6128 feet Castle Rock area can be cold in winter and warm during the summer. However, it is rare day when it is too cold to climb Castlewood Canyon as many of the rocks and boulders are in small gorges and forge sun traps, so as long as it is south facing it can be toasty on the coolest of winter days.

Getting There 

The epicenter of Denver South is Castle Rock which straddles I25 approximately half way between Denver and Colorado Springs on US I25. If you miss it your off to a bad start!

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398 Total Routes

['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',65],['2 Stars',186],['1 Star',118],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',26],['5.7',16],['5.8',29],['5.9',37],['5.10',94],['5.11',70],['5.12',34],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',10],['V2-3',39],['V4-5',21],['V6-7',11],['V8-9',6],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Denver South:
Rocket Ship   V1+ 5     Boulder   Fountainbleau area : Fountain Lip Boulder
Up Staged   V2 5+     Boulder   Fountainbleau area : Fountainebleau Boulder
Fountain Lip Traverse   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Fountainbleau area : Fountain Lip Boulder
Nine Lives Arete   V5 6C     Boulder   Central City area : Nine Lives Boulder
Cave Direct   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Fountainbleau area : Fountain Lip Boulder
Tiger Woods   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Inner Canyon area : Tim's Boulder aka Powerline...
Punani   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 20'   Punani Area/North Canyon : Punani Boulder
Little Devil   V11 8A X     TR, Boulder   Bouldering problems : Miscellaneous Castlewood Bo...
Hot Fudge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls
Rat's Nest   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls
Licorice Stick   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls
Bat Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Juggernaut Area
Beta Slave   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : C-Section
Bozo No No   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls
Scandanavian Dreams   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Vulture Walls
Subterfuge   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Castlewood Canyon SP : Sea World a.k.a. Hanson's W...
Pay Homage   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Vulture Walls
Song of the Wood   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Wendell Spire
The Sub   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Wendell Spire
Rim Job   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Falls Wall
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Featured Route For Denver South
Climb the crack to the right of the cave.

The Good Bad and Dirty 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : Denver South : ... : Cave Wall
This is a classic Castlewood hand and finger crack that has seen many aid ascents. Approach via the Cave Trail, then turn left at the base of the cliff, pass under a large block leaning against the cliff and locate the obvious hand crack about 15 feet right of the "cave." This nice line has three cruxes with the last 10d crux at the very top--a memorable climb.Start on a block to the right of the line, then move up under a small roof for the first crux. A #1 Friend can be placed below t...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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