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Saxon Rock

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Saxon Arete S 
South Face S 
Wanted Man S 
West Slab S 

Saxon Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,000'
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Monty, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 6, 2009

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Saxon Rock showing (A) The Saxon Arete and (B) Wan...


SR is an excellent crag just off the road and composed of truly fine granite. Presently four routes have been established, all sport. These include the face left of the arete (AA), the arete itself (A, The Saxon Arete), the face right of the arete (B, Wanted Man), and the west facing slab furthest right (C, West Slab). The crag gets good afternoon sun and can be climbed on all but the most snowy days.

Getting There 

From the Georgetown exit on I-70, drive under the highway, across the bridge, and to the end of the road at its intersection with Main Street. Follow Main Street left through the neighborhood to the beginning of the Saxon Mountain Road. Park at the dumpster just beyond the road sign. SR can be approached from a rough trail 100 feet east of the dumpster. Approach time is a few minutes from the car.

Climbing Season

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Weather station 0.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Saxon Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Saxon Rock:
Wanted Man   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Saxon Rock

Wanted Man 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  CO : Georgetown : Saxon Rock
Wanted Man is a terrific little route on near perfect granite. Scramble up to the ledge below the face. A few small cams may be nice for the belay, but are probably not necessary. The moves up to and through the parallel seams are just too good to be true. Too bad this is such a small crag. This kind of climbing one might wish to go on and on. There is still some lichen to brush, but if you stay out of the corner and follow the bolt line the climbing is on very clean rock....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: Overview of SR showing (A) The Saxon Arete, (B) Wa...
Overview of SR showing (A) The Saxon Arete, (B) Wa...
Rock Climbing Photo: Showing new route left of The Saxon Arete. This is...
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By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Aug 4, 2012
Re:"People have been top roping these little climbs for years. Not that I am opposed to bolting them, they are fun. But... had you considered the local ethics before you bolted them and claimed a first ascent? I am not trying to be disrespectful. I am just a local who in fact learned to climb on these routes, definitely before 2009, and I know I was not the first to do so. Does it count as a FA only if you bolt it?"

Wow! I can't believe that it has been over a year since I looked into this site. With respect to above comment: Rap inspection of the "Saxon Arete", the cracks on "Wanted Man", and the "South Face" route suggested no prior activity. The cracks were filled with vegetation and loose blocks that were cleaned up when my routes went in. The arete required extensive cleaning, removal of large blocks and hanging flakes. Most climbers would not consider it completely clean at this time. South Face required extensive brushing, removal of numerous loose blocks, and by most standards still needs some brushing above. Furthermore, as a beginner training route it seems a tad stiff. Even Chris Sharma did not launch his climbing at middle 5.12, although I am aware that are many hot young climbers out there who may well have done exactly that. The "West Slab" route may or may not have been climbed. All of its horizontal seams required extensive removal of vegetation. Perhaps prior climbers did not care about such things. However, the existing route does not look protectable by anything but bolts. Finally, I was unable to locate any evidence of top anchors suggestive of any convenient top-rope access.
By MountainManny
From: Idaho Springs
Nov 26, 2012
Fun lines! Good work.

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