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Leadville Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Mar 24, 2014
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A typical summer day at the Tiger Cliff.


This is an organizational entry for areas near to Leadville. It's been on my to-do-list for a while.

So, we'll sketch it in...and fill it in later.

This area has a number of crags at a higher altitude, thus many will be difficult to climb during the colder months.

Nearby crags in the area include: Bob's Rock near Buena Vista, Camp Hale (closer to Redcliff), Cecilville Slab, Dump Wall, Finback, Gilman, Granite area, Homestake Reservervoir (closer to Redcliff), Klettergarden (closer to Redcliff), Monitor Rock (in the Independence Pass section), Pyramid, Sawatch, and Weston.

The demarcations for these areas are a bit blurry, since Independence Pass, Vail, and Eagle are "relatively" close. We have to draw the lines somewhere.

As a Leadville climber notes, the immediate Leadville area has a slight dearth of noteworthy climbing crags which may explain its relative lack of a climbing community.

Getting There 

Some will get to Leadville via US 24 from I-70 if you come from the west. Others may access Leadville from the north and east via CO 91 from I-70. Those coming from the south will access it off US 24.

Leadville climbing website


There is a guidebook for Camp Hale called Camp Hale Rock Climbing by Bob & Carrie Robertson. It covers 11 crags and 69 routes from 5.5 to 5.12. 56 are sport routes (down to 5.6), 3 are trad routes (5.8-5.9), and 10 are TRs (all but one are 5.6 or less). Most of the climbing is sport routes under 5.10.

There is a new guidebook 40 Minutes from Leadville: Notes on Rock Climbs Near Leadville, CO by Justin Talbot for the Leadville area.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 0.6 miles from here

55 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',23],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Leadville

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Leadville:
5.8   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Camp Hale : Warrior's Wall
Taliban Blues   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Hell's Gate/ Hagerman Pass : Slab from Hell
Blue Bells   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'   Tiger Cliff : The Left Side
Straight Through The Gates of Hell   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   Hell's Gate/ Hagerman Pass : Slab from Hell
Paintbrush   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'   Tiger Cliff : The Left Side
Currant ArĂȘte    5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   Tiger Cliff : The Left Side
They Call Me Mr. Grease   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Camp Hale : Warrior's Wall
The Gold Card Indirect   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 90'   Tiger Cliff : Main Wall
Burning Bright   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60'   Tiger Cliff : Stripes Wall
Warrior's Tears   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Camp Hale : Warrior's Wall
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Featured Route For Leadville
Rock Climbing Photo: David Fay on the first ascent.

The Gold Card 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13  CO : Leadville : ... : Main Wall
The Gold Card Direct starts at the same place as The Gold Card Indirect and takes the striking line up the center of the main wall for a full 30 meter pitch. Climb through golden, bulletproof granite using a mix of crack and face technique. At mid-height, place a few bomber pieces, and then step up into the dihedral. Work out what parts of the crack to use for gear and what parts to use for your fingers. Consider fishing in a nut above your head before committing to the hard cli...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By maryjax
From: golden
Aug 4, 2007
Does anyone out there have any info on the routes at Homestake Creek in the Holy Cross Wilderness area? Is there a guidebook for this area?
Any info before next weekend would be great!
By Michael Schneiter
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Apr 29, 2009
I've got the old Rock & Ice that lists routes for Homestake. I'll pull it out. If I recall it's from the mid-90s(?) and it's the kind of thing you don't see anymore. Great crag. I did a bunch of my early climbing there.
By AEdwards
From: Durango, Colorado
Mar 24, 2014
Great resource for Leadville climbing!
By Scheid
From: Vail, CO
May 27, 2014
Most of the routes filed here are basically in Red Cliff. Why did they get moved here from the Eagle County area?
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
May 31, 2014
Schneid, a user suggested a reorganization. These various crags were scattered and less organized. So, it seemed to make sense to do as this user suggested. Certainly there are plenty of ways to organize crags. This one just seemed an improvement compared to what we had previously.
By Justin Talbot
Jun 18, 2015
The new Leadville Area Guidebook is available at Ledville Outdoors, Melanzana, Community Threads, The Trailhead (in BV), and Neptune Mountaineering.

To order online and checkout a preview go to:

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