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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.
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.
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Unknown 2nd 9 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CO : Silver Plume : West Slabs
This is a good route that has some fun features to ascend. It is the 3rd route from the left on the right side of West Slabs. It starts in a small, right-facing dihedral.Move up into the dihedral. A small cam (yellow Alien or TCU size) works before the 1st bolt. Move out left under a cool, shallow dihedral somewhat reminiscent of something Yosemite-like clipping 2 bolts & a Bugaboo pin. Pull past a tiny bulge onto a slab that actually has real glacier polish reminiscent of Tuolumne. This s...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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