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Silver Plume Rock Climbing 


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Location: 39.6882, -105.724 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Jan 1, 2001
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Description 

Climbing can be had primarily on the large buttress 800 feet above the tailings, this is Monument Rock, and on the West Slabs which are only 200 feet above the tailings. Several other surrounding crags have seen sporadic development, but without yet turning up anything noteworthy. (NB: if you are looking for new things to develop, then look around Georgetown and Guanella Pass!) Named for their inverse character, Monument Rock holds several long slab routes while the West Slabs hold several steep and difficult lines. These two rocks face South and pick up great sun; however, being at 9,000 feet elevation, climbing is largely restricted to the warm summer months. For a quick escape from the frenetic pace of Front Range climbing, these crags offer a terrific alternative.

Getting There 

The Silver Plume climbing is, logically enough, located at the various crags around The Silver Plume Mine. Take I-70 West of Denver. After passing Georgetown, the road steepens and runs along a rocky embankment that has been the scene of more than one highway fatality due to rock-fall. The Silver Plume Mine sits at the top of the rise and on the right. There is an exit off the highway that dumps you out below the tailings pile, and trails can be found through the tailings or up the obvious wash leading to Monument Rock.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',3],['5.8',0],['5.9',4],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


Featured Route For Silver Plume
Rock Climbing Photo: George pulls through the crux before the 1st bolt.

Unknown 9 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Silver Plume : West Slabs
This is the 2nd route from the left of the obvious routes on the right side of West Slabs. It may be identified with a cruxy looking start below a bolt maybe 12 feet up.Find some small, positive edges and hop aboard. Make a highstep and get situated to clip the bolt. A budding 5.9 leader may want a stick clip. Move up on easier terrain to the 2nd bolt. A fall on this section is unlikely but would likely hurt a lot. Make a weird move up and leftward to get the 3rd and 4th bolts. A optional...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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