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Leadville 


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Elevation: 10,000'
Location: 39.25422, -106.29061 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

This is an organizational entry for areas near to Leadville. It's been on my to-do-list for a while.

So, we'll sketch it in...and fill it in later.

This area has a number of crags at a higher altitude, thus many will be difficult to climb during the colder months.

Nearby crags in the area include: Bob's Rock near Buena Vista, Camp Hale (closer to Redcliff), Cecilville Slab, Dump Wall, Finback, Gilman, Granite area, Homestake Reservervoir (closer to Redcliff), Klettergarden (closer to Redcliff), Monitor Rock (in the Independence Pass section), Pyramid, Sawatch, and Weston.

The demarcations for these areas are a bit blurry, since Independence Pass, Vail, and Eagle are "relatively" close. We have to draw the lines somewhere.

As a Leadville climber notes, the immediate Leadville area has a slight dearth of noteworthy climbing crags which may explain its relative lack of a climbing community.


Getting There 

Some will get to Leadville via US 24 from I-70 if you come from the west. Others may access Leadville from the north and east via CO 91 from I-70. Those coming from the south will access it off US 24.


Leadville climbing website 

www.40minutesfromleadville.com/


27 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Leadville:
Taliban Blues   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Hell's Gate/ Hagerman Pass : Slab from Hell
Warrior's Wail   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Camp Hale : Warrior's Wall
Straight Through The Gates of Hell   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   Hell's Gate/ Hagerman Pass : Slab from Hell
They Call Me Mr. Grease   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Camp Hale : Warrior's Wall
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Featured Route For Leadville
Emperor Wall and Finback topo.

The Emperor Wall 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  CO : Leadville : ... : The Emperor Wall
P1. .12, 90. Thin, balancy and sometime powerful climbing characterize this pitch. The first 50 to a no hands rest is about .11a (intermediate anchor here). The next 40 is .12aish and a 15 traverse right ends in a hard move to left facing flakes. Bolts protect the pitch.P2. .13a, 100. Start up the shallow, left-facing corner, then traverse up and left to a 60 flared crack/groove to the top. There are several .12 sections in a row with little rest in between.Rappel Finback wi...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By maryjax
From: golden
Aug 4, 2007

Hi,
Does anyone out there have any info on the routes at Homestake Creek in the Holy Cross Wilderness area? Is there a guidebook for this area?
Any info before next weekend would be great!
Thanks.

By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Apr 29, 2009

I've got the old Rock & Ice that lists routes for Homestake. I'll pull it out. If I recall it's from the mid-90s(?) and it's the kind of thing you don't see anymore. Great crag. I did a bunch of my early climbing there.

By AEdwards
Mar 24, 2014

Great resource for Leadville climbing!
www.40minutesfromleadville.com

By Scheid
From: Vail, CO
May 27, 2014

Most of the routes filed here are basically in Red Cliff. Why did they get moved here from the Eagle County area?

By Leo Paik
Administrator
From: Westminster, Colorado
May 31, 2014

Schneid, a MP.com user suggested a reorganization. These various crags were scattered and less organized. So, it seemed to make sense to do as this user suggested. Certainly there are plenty of ways to organize crags. This one just seemed an improvement compared to what we had previously.