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The Amphitheater

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Slot [formerly listed at Direct West Bench] 
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West Face (of T-Zero) 

The Amphitheater 

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Elevation: 6,150'
Location: 39.9958, -105.2929 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    The Gregory Canyon Amphitheatre is a classic climbing area. Thousands of climbers have had their first ascents on the gentle rocks that rest here. On sunny weekends, the inside of the amphitheatre is usually beseiged by climbing programs and beginners. The exterior of the amphitheatre has a number of attractive routes of varying difficulty.

    Getting There 

    Park either at Chautauqua parking (on the south side of Baseline at about 9th street), or at the Gregory Canyon parking lot. NOTE: If your car tags aren't from Boulder County, definitely pay the fee ($3/d or $25/y) if you park at the latter. From Chautauqua, walk the Baseline trail until you join up with the Amphitheater trail. About 300 yards up, (to access the the N face of First Pinnacle or the E face of the East Bench) take the climbing Amphitheater Express trail, which loops around the north side of the Amphitheater. The regular route (Amphitheater Trail) continues up, and 150 yards later the Amphitheater (T-Zero, W face of E Bench, S face of First Pinnacle, E & S & W face of Second Pinnacle, E face of West Bench) appears on your right side.

    40 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',3]

    The Classics

    Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Amphitheater:
    Tyrolean Traverse   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I M 1c PG13     TR, 2 pitches, 90'   
    Macropsychotic   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a V-easy 3     Trad, Boulder, 1 pitch, 75'   
    Slot [formerly listed at Direct West Bench]   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
    Direct West Bench [formerly listed as variation]   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad   
    Inside S. Face (1st pinnacle)   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Red Wall aka Raptors in Cellophane   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   
    Siberian North Face   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, Sport   
    P.S. I'm Blonde   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
    Browse More Classics in The Amphitheater

    Featured Route For The Amphitheater
    View of the second pinnacle from the anchor on the first pinnacle.

    Tyrolean Traverse Easy 5th 1+ 3 I M 1c PG13  CO : Flatirons : ... : The Amphitheater
    You can string a rope between the first and second pinnacles to make a fairly exposed tyrolean traverse. The two giant, flatiron's style eyebolts at the top of the pinnacles make for some bomber anchors. The crux is in getting the rope across the gap without the rope snagging on something. I found it's easiest to climb the downclimb routes for both....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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    The Amphitheater from The Spy
    The Amphitheater from The Spy
    Inside the Amphitheater
    Inside the Amphitheater
    East face of 2nd Pinnacle
    East face of 2nd Pinnacle
    Top of the East Bench ... relax
    BETA PHOTO: Top of the East Bench ... relax
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    By Anonymous Coward
    Aug 1, 2004

    I set a toprope for the Inside South Face, and instead of traversing diagonally up and left, just headed straight up (to the right of the inside south face route). There is a nice left facing dihedral about halfway up (below the dihedral on the inside south face route) with very thin holds in the corner, and then I exited to the right to some reasonably thin face climbing.

    I can't find info about it in Rossiter's (or old Ament's) guidebooks, or on this site. It felt 10-ish to me. There was a little bit of chalk in the dihedral, so it's definitely seen some ascents.

    Anybody have any info on this route?

    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Jun 28, 2007

    If you are there at the right time of year, the plum trees inside the amphitheatre produce edible fruit.

    By doug rouse
    From: Denver, CO.
    Aug 20, 2008

    A while back (early to mid nineties I think) there was a bolt route added to the south arete of the east ramp as you enter the amp. If I remember it is titled "P.S. I'm blond" and given a .12a rating. Can anyone confirm, and has anyone climbed this one? This looks like a fun route as it traverses up and left along the diaginal south arete/face of the east wall. Anyway, I will probably climb this one before any feedback comes in. Thanks Young Doug.

    By kevin murphy
    From: Lafayette, Colorado
    Aug 21, 2008

    All true young Doug. Been many years, don't think I got it. Must go back soon.

    By Jason Haas
    From: Broomfield, CO
    Aug 21, 2008

    Doug, the route goes at 12a and you may want a large nut for the start, otherwise it's a run to the first bolt over moderate terrain. Great line.