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The Coliseum lies in the midst of a collection of crags referred to as The Talus Fields in Bernard Gillett's new guide. Climbs on The Coliseum itself are north-facing and lay in the shade throughout most of the day making this an excellent summer crag. Established climbs on this feature range from about 5.7 to 5.11 and contain a mixture of traditional protection and bolts. Most routes top out at about 200' and have bolted belay stations.
To get there, park at the pullout located approximately 7.9 miles from Lyons on the south side of the road. This pullout resides on a curve in the road and is 0.2 miles [up] the road from the Upper Rest Area (also located on the south side of the road). The Coliseum will not be visible from the pullout. According to Gillett, you should travel about 50 yards up the road and cross near some grey boulders, just above which will be located a cairn marking the start of a "well marked trail" that actually runs between another formation (The Arch of Titus) and The Coliseum. The well marked trail consists of downed branches forming a little path and some cairns (not entirely as obvious as the description would suggest as there are downed branches everywhere). About 200' up the trail, the trail will split - take the left branch toward the now obvious talus field across a ravine. I also found that, being a bumbler, one could also just kind of hack their way up the ravine itself after crossing the river toward the talus field. Either way, once at the base of the talus field the wall should be apparent and one can either traverse the talus itself or cross under the field to approach the wall. With the former option, keep your partners prone to trundling below you as the talus is loose and it is not unlikely that one could knock off fair size block if one is not careful.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Coliseum:
Planetary Pull 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 170'
Unleash The Lions 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Handcrack-a-rete 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Hollow Man 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 195'
Vrainavore 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 170'
Lost in Time 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 170'
Ionic Column 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Gladiator 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 3 pitches
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Handcrack-a-rete 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b CO : Lyons : ... : The Coliseum
Toward the middle of the wall lie two long aretes that make their way to the top of The Coliseum. Handcrack-a-rete is the obvious hand crack that splits the arete on the right hand side. Start by scrambling to the base of the crack then proceed through the excellent hand crack to a set of bolt anchors approximately 100' up on a great ledge. The crux lies near the beginning of this pitch; here, the crack itself is angled inward (making the jams somewhat awkward) and the feet are thin...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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