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Perched above Dude's Fishing Hole, this seemingly small crag yields some pretty big routes. With a largely Southwest aspect, the crag can be wonderful in the fall as long as the wind isn't howling. Because Dude's sits at a fairly high altitude, the crag is great in the summer as well. An early start yields enough sustained shade to get in a fair bit of climbing on the West and South faces. When the South face is blazing in the sun, the Throne Room on the North face offers cool respite. With a few exceptions, most notably a historic 5.11 crack climb, the routes are bolt protected sport climbs ranging from 5.9 to 5.13.
Once in Golden Gate Canyon State Park, head to the Aspen Meadow Campground, drive through, and continue down to the parking for Dude's Fishing Hole. The crag can be seen from the parking lot and accessed with a contouring hike through the forest on an at times faint climbers' trail or by hiking up from the pond.
Eds. Please note that after discussion with GGCSP, Dude's Throne is within Golden Gate Canyon State Park and thus is subject to its regulations. Hence, any new fixed hardware requires Park approval. Thank you.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Dude's Throne:
Mighty Aphrodite 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Dude's Jam Crack 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 85'
Dude's Dihedral 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Dude's Way 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Short Dude 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 35'
Howdy Doody Time 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Uplift Mofo Party Plan 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Green Chile 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Sky Chi 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Golden Gate 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Raven's Brew 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Impeachment Day Parade 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Open Space Cowboy 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
Buster Brown 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Double Dominatrix 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 85'
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Buster Brown 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c CO : Golden : ... : Dude's Throne
There is clean, solid rock all the way on this one. Buster Brown is an elegant technical route. Moderate climbing starts up a fun tight hands crack, over a pillar, and through a small roof. From the jugs above the roof begin the hard climbing by breaking hard right to a left-angling flake/dike and follow it to another small rooflet with underclings. From here, gain a finger crack and follow it to a large flake and jugs out left. Finish with easy climbing to the anchor. This is a pretty sustained...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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