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Supremacy Rock

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Cold War S 
Northeast Arete T 
Northwest Arete T,TR 
Overhanging Arete T,TR 
Play Time TR 
Quartzite Ridge T 
Right Wall T 
Route 0 TR 
Simple Simon Slab TR 
Slabbery T 
Supremacy Crack T 
Supremacy Girdle T 
Supremacy Slab T,TR 
Time Out TR 
Web, The S 
West Face [Supremacy Rock] T,TR 
Zig-zagging Jews T,TR 
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Supremacy Rock Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.9306, -105.29107 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Monty, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Tony B on Mar 12, 2002

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Details: Supremacy Rock is unique in Eldorado Canyon due to its composition. While some Die-hard Eldo climbers might find the smooth quartzite enervating, some will love the change of pace. The rock is solid, but the little fissures on the North side are flaring and discontinuous. Th smooth North Face of the Rock has a few slabby routes that are like polished glass in sections. The rock is solid, but the little fissures on that side are flaring and discontinuous. The aretes on any given corner are also unique in character, graded from 5.6 to 5.10. On the South Side, the rock leans back dramatically and has yielded the fabulous Supremacy Crack. This climb is one of the shortest "classics" in the country and was a visionary route at the time of the First Free ascent. Since that time, a few 5.12 to 5.13 sport routes have been added on the nearby overhanging face. This rock is close to the road and is frequently visited by troops of campers and scouts lined up for the easy "Simp! le Simon Slab", but almost any other route is generally available. The approach is 50-200 feet from the parking lot.

Getting There 

Coming into Eldo, drive back toward the ranger station Just before crossing a bridge, there is a sharp left turn to a low parking lot. Supremacy rock is the feature noted just to the left while turning into the lot.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.5 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Supremacy Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Supremacy Rock:
Quartzite Ridge   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, 1000'   
Play Time   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     TR, 1 pitch, 35'   
Supremacy Slab   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Supremacy Crack   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
The Web   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   
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Featured Route For Supremacy Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Can't tell, but leading the climb, crux was not ha...

Supremacy Crack 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : Supremacy Rock
This route starts as an obvious thin-hands crack on the south-west overhang of Supremacy Rock. The crack leans right and overhangs significantly. The key to this climb is footwork, unless you have small hands (I do) which make the climb easier. On my first attempt I sliced the back of one hand open, however, and only completed the route after coming down and taping up. I recommend taping up for your first go at it. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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BH working on the new Robinson arete on Water Boul...
Rock Climbing Photo: Wyatt Payne on Supremacy Crack.
Wyatt Payne on Supremacy Crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: The north face of Supremacy rock as seen from acro...
BETA PHOTO: The north face of Supremacy rock as seen from acro...

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By Mike McHugh
May 20, 2014
Supremacy and environs will be closed from May 27th until June 17th, 2014. Heavy construction will be taking place on the road immediately adjacent to the "Pyramid".

If construction proceeds more rapidly than expected, we'll re-open the area ASAP.

There may be further periodic closures during the summer as needed for picnic area reconstruction.

Some climbs on the North-facing slabs - in particular Quartzite Ridge through Right Wall, may be accessible during construction.

Contact the park (303 494 3943) or PM me for status and specifics.

Thanks for your patience.

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