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Jul 11, 2009
|Anyone need a partner in Eagle County? I'd love to get on this crag, but I have no one to climb with.|
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 26, 2010
5.10a/b has a tough midsection move that warrants a higher rating.
5.10b is fantastic (second from right).
5.11a is a great route, watch out for chossy boulder before last bolt.
By mike argueso
Sep 18, 2010
|Homespank has nothing to do with this crag. The REAL Homespank is a few miles down the road and blows this place away!|
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Sep 28, 2010
Fun wall and routes, can't beat the approach and beautiful nearby camping. There are some other walls to the east near the camping that could see a few lines if someone is willing.
Mike, if Homespank is truly another area, please post up some information.
By Owen Darrow
Oct 16, 2010
|This is a pretty fun place, but Mike has me feeling a bit confused. I've never heard of Homespank, but this makes me want to take a look... anyone else checked this out?|
By Ryan Byrn
Oct 20, 2010
Sounds like there is another area to Homestake. I will do some looking next time I'm around.
I'm willing to check this out with anyone....
Here is what I believe Homestake Crag to be from left to right:
Three's a Charm
Night and Day
Don't Drag the Dog
By Tzilla Rapdrilla
Oct 20, 2010
|From what I know, Homespank is supposed to be further up the Homestake Road in the vicinity of a big switchback. There's only one big switchback on Homestake Road a short distance before the reservoir. There are reported to be about 50 routes there.|
Jun 11, 2012
|Maybe it's because I'm completely out of climbing shape (!), but everything I got on at this wall felt pretty stiff for the grade. But who knows, maybe I wasn't what I thought I was on! Reminded me a lot of some walls in Boulder Canyon. Cool little spot if you're in the area, gets nice afternoon shade too.|
By Rob Culbertson
Jul 1, 2012
|Since the "locals" have been such prix about revealing Homespank, here's how to find it. It's about 8 miles on up the road. Just before [about 200 yards before] - the road start climbing left into the switchback you'll usually see several cars parked along the flat. This is where you'll eventually park. However, continue on up the road, and upon exiting the righthand switchback you'll be on a shelf road. In less than a mile you'll come around a left hand turn and see the Homestake Dam for the first time. STOP, you've gone 100ft to far. Back down to the pullout just before that curve and get out. Looking across the valley - mostly North you can now see the Homespank cliffs. You can see anyone over there if you have binoculars. However, since you're here, there's a cliffline immediatelyl uphill from you. walk down the road about 25yards and enter the woods [uphill] immediately right of the huge boulder. There's kind of a path, but follow the developing cliffline and in about 50-60yds you'll come to the first two routes. Another 100ft past these there are four really nice bolted routes. The first one on the black arete seemed 11ish, the next one - with the small roof - very fun - probably 9+ or 10a, then two more 11ish ones up the bright orange lichens. Bring mosquito repellent!!!!!|
Jul 25, 2012
|You're right, Rob. I don't know why the locals are so territorial about this place, everyone and their mom knows about it. It was way too packed with people when I went. It was early, too. Most places don't get like that til 8 or so. It reminded me of Clear Creek on a Saturday afternoon. I was even up there during the US 24 closer due to the sinkhole. However, the directions are simple: from Minturn, go south. After crossing the large green bridge in Redcliff on US 24, continue 3 miles or so until you reach Homestake Rd. on your right. Follow Homestake Rd. and you will cross Homestake Creek after 1/2 mile or so. Go another 1/4 mile, and the crag can easily be seen on the right.|
By Kristoffer Schmarr
From: 2nd Cornfield
Aug 20, 2012
|Thanks for the effort on Homespank directions everybody :P If this is in fact the big wall that runs for a 1/4 mile uphill above the gigantic talus field, then comers beware: The approach trail is several hundred yards down the road from where the "flat parking" is described (there are a couple 1-2 car pullouts in the vicinity) and it's nearly impossible to find if you don't know what you're looking for. The trail is difficult to follow through the talus and is completely unmarked. The rock at the cliff (except potentially the very highest section) is loose, dirty, and 'sportily' bolted. The rock quality, hike, and 8 miles of driving on a gravel, washboard road make this a no-go for anyone seeking a good time. If that's not the crag, then will someone PLEASE post a helpful description of the approach and perhaps submit some route info for it?!?!?|