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Named for its unorthodox approach and its location right across the Elk River from Box Canyon climbing area, this area sports two main cliffs. While it's a little dirty and chossy, these cliffs offer lots of cracks and some potential for sport climbing. Outside the Box is still in development, but those with a bold imagination will find fun on the virgin rock. While not necessary, a drill and some bolts will go a long way here. Don't forget a steel pulley for the tyrolean!
Starting from Steamboat Springs, take Elk River Rd/CR-129 North towards Clark. After 19 miles, you will come to Seed House Rd/CR-64, which will head East, and contains several climbing walls/crags. At about 8 miles, low cliffs will appear on the left, the tallest of these being Box Canyon climbing area. Across from Box Canyon is Day Use Parking (on the right side of the road). Park here and head up the road about 100 yards, keeping an eye out for a trail on the right that leads to the Elk River. The tyrolean cable is located on a narrow stretch of the river where vertical rock walls are found on each side. Once on the other side of the Elk, follow a faint trail that heads south then east, and after about 3-5 minutes the first rock will be apparent on your left. Keep heading east for more rock.
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This is probably the most classic route thus far at Outside the Box. This route climbs the obvious triple crack system that's encountered on the first cliff at the area. Climb the 60 foot 5.8 pitch with good feet, finger locks, hand jams to the anchor....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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