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De Beque Canyon is a narrow canyon cut by the Colorado River. The rock in the canyon is Mesa Verde Sandstone, of highly variable quality. There are climbable buttresses throughout the canyon, often with difficult approaches and questionable rock quality. There are several established climbs in the canyon, and although the rock quality is hit or miss, the scenery and solitude of the canyon is capital. There are a tremendous amount of possibilities for route development in the area.
De Beque Canyon is approximately 15 miles (24 km) long, located on the Colorado River downstream from the town of De Beque, in eastern Mesa County. The canyon forms a narrow passage where the river passes along the western end of the Grand Mesa. At its lower end, the canyon opens out on the eastern end of the Grand Valley at the town of Palisade, approximately 10 miles (16 km) east of Grand Junction.
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Refusnik V5- 6C CO : Grand Junction area : ... : Shot Rock
Refusnik climbs through a pinchy overhang and finishes with an endurance traverse on slopers. Stand start with a left hand jug and right hand pinch. From there, move to a left hand edge, then slap a right up through a series of pinches, gain the lip with a big left hand (crux), reel in the feet, then traverse left through a series of slopers (crux) to reach the shelf, throw a heel, and top it out.Holding the heel hook at the problem's beginning is essential to getting to the lip. From there, the...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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