BETA PHOTO: The north and west faces of the Bastille. 5. Werk...
The Bastille is a cornerstone of climbing in Eldorado Canyon State Park. According to P. Ament in High Over Boulder
this was once called Chimney Rock and may have been named The Bastille by Stan Shepard in 1957. This is the section for the W Face. There is probably little for the lower end difficulty climber nor the high end climber here. The section of the crag provides a wonderful afternoon exposure for the cooler months. Topping out provides a wonderous view of this spirit-elevating canyon.
The legendary, Jim Erickson, elevated himself to the challenge of an onsight, solo, first ascent of Blind Faith
on the W face. Today, this remains a crag that holds a special place in the hearts of climbers who have progressed to climb some of the great walls and peaks of the world.
This crag has been a proving grounds for some of Colorado's finest including: Layton Kor, Larry Dalke, Pat Ament, Bob Culp, Stan Shepard, Jim Erickson, Art Higbee, Duncan Ferguson, Kevin Donald, Rob Candelaria, Roger Briggs, David Breashears, Derek Hersey, Ed Webster, Colin Lantz, Chris Archer, among others.
Some of the better routes here include: West Chimney
, 5.7; Hair City
, 5.9 s; West Buttress
, 5.9++; Blind Faith
, 5.10a; Rain
, 5.10d s; Northwest Corner
(see N Face), 5.11a s; Sunset Boulevard
, 5.11b/c; & Your Mother
Note, there is significant amounts of loose rock & flexing flakes on this face.
Descents off the top traverse along an exposed-at-times break/ramp near the top to the N side of the rock and gain a 3rd class ramp down to the Fowler Trail. From here, descend the West Face hiking trail (3rd class near the bottom) back down to the base. A few of the routes have rappel descents, but they are the minority.
Come and climb here, but realize that many share your passion for the experiences found on this stone.
Once you enter Eldorado Canyon State Park, you will hopefully find parking within 200 yards in one of two areas. Park. Walk up the road to the obvious bridge across South Boulder Creek. Look up and left. This is The Bastille. The west face is accessed off a 3rd class trail just around the corner and up the steep slope. Be careful in wet conditions, with little ones and, please, no dogs here.
Weather station 0.2 miles from here
23 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',1]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Bastille - W Face:
West Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 130'
Hair City 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
R Trad, 3 pitches, 310'
Blind Faith 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Rain 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Neon Lights 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
R Trad, 2 pitches
Stem Gem 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch
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Blind Faith 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a CO
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: ... : The Bastille - W Face
This exquisite crack can be found in the middle of the West Face of the Bastille. Considering that the first ascent was done free solo by Jim Erickson in 1972, the name seems to have some true meaning.The route is not hard to recognize, it is a hand-sized crack that runs diagonally up and right for about 100 feet. Start P1 by jamming up an easy crack to some more technical moves in the middle of the pitch. Eventually move past a short chimney and the crux becomes quite apparent. The crack split...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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A soloist on a mild fall evening.
Climbers starting the exit pitch on the West Face ...
Climbers on top of the Bastille. July 3, 2010.