Golden, Colorado is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, only fifteen minutes from the heart of Denver but a world apart. Golden is home of the internationally recognized Colorado School of Mines the Coors Brewery where the factory "short tour" is always welcomed at the end of the day after climbing in the sun drenched walls of North Table Mountain. Also, the American Alpine Club and its amazing climbing library is located on 10th St just E of Washington. It is an splendid resource for climbers!
If you are looking for eats, there is an excellent Middle Eastern restaurant, Ali Babba's, located E of CO Hwy 93, just north of US 6 with tasty "sandwiches." There is Woody's Pizza, located on the E side of Washington St, right next to a great climbing shop, Bent Gate. Good selection of beer, tasty margarita, a reasonable salad bar and unlimited pizza for <$9. See if you can beat the record of 32 slices of pizza in a meal. The Table Mt Inn has good, if more upscale, food and drinks. There is also Taj Masala at 17211 S. Golden Rd for subcontinental cuisine.
Coors Brewery does offer a tour with samples. If you are short for time, ask to do the "short tour."
There is a fun kayak park located on the W end of Golden for those choosing cross-training and/or thermal cooling.
Mineral Museum is a fine warm-up on largely good stone. Get the first clip without freaking out and the route will be a gas. After the first clip, head a bit left on good fingers and then cut back right onto a run of pegmatite. This still sheds a bit of surface debris nearly 10 years later. After the pegmatite, some big blocks and a fun move through a corner just below the anchors give the Mineral Museum character. Two stars for the fun moves, good bolting job, and convenient warm-up....[more]Browse More Classics in CO
The new Table Mountain guidebook is out. I think it is as good or better than the Clear Creek guide. The highlighted cliff sections for each page is great for locating climbs accurately. The color pictures are well done and some have 2 views. The Clear Creek guide and this guide are the new standard of excellence.
This September 2010, I just wrote and published a new guidebook titled "Golden Rock Climbs" that retails for $20.00. It is a complete guide to North Table Mountain (with the Golden Cliffs & the four newly developed quarry walls) and the sport climbs of Golden Gate State Park near Dude's Fishing Hole. There are over 325 climbs including 125 new routes never documented in any other guide. It has a color cover and 144 pages. There are 46 black & white photos of cliffs & action climbing shots, detailed text, drawings, and maps. I have also included a section on bolts and top anchors. Something I have spend much time replacing at the Golden Cliffs. Look for it at Front Range outdoor shops.
I accidently walked off with some person's Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbs book by Darren Mabe up on the High Wire Crag Saturday September 3rd 2011.... Contact me at 314-541-2251 if it is yours, my apologies!