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By DavisMeschke
From Valdosta, GA
Apr 21, 2014
My first lead at Sandrock

Hey guys. Just a bit of fore-story, I'll be in Colorado Springs this summer for an internship at Ft. Carson teaching climbing and river guiding. I'll have quite a bit of time to do a lot of climbing since Garden of the Gods is a (I think) 30 minute drive from the base. So here's my question. What size nuts, cams, and pro in general works best out there? Anything I should know about the area before I get out there? I've heard there isn't any camping in GOG but that's not based on anything super credible I've heard. Also, if anyone is looking for a catch and someone to climb with let me know. I'll be there from May 12-August 12.


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By goatboy
From Nederland, CO
Apr 22, 2014

Typical rack up to 4" cams will be fine, plus some long slings.

You will have to sign up at the visitor center to climb there, and will have to avoid the place if there has been any rain within 24 hours. The rock is very soft and friable so be careful of your placements and remember to pull down and not out.

There is no camping in the park but there is a tent/RV campground right outside the park, but it's pricy.

rvcoutdoors.com/garden-of-the-gods/accomodation/rv-sites/


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By Stewart M. Green
Apr 22, 2014

Most Garden routes are either bolted or have fixed pitons with the occasional cam for extra protection, so you really need a minimal rack as Goatboy points out. Also check out Red Rock Canyon south of US 24 with over 100 sport routes, North Cheyenne Canon, as well as great granite climbing in the South Platte and Elevenmile Canyon. Also Shelf Road north of Canon City...have fun!


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