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A mega-classic rock. The Bastille and, in particular, its North Face, is a cornerstone of climbing in Eldorado Canyon State Park. According to P. Ament in High Over Boulder this was once called Chimney Rock and may have been named The Bastille by Stan Shepard in 1957. This modest, 350 foot crag can be divided into The N face and the W face for organizational purpose. The N face is steep, shaded, and has exceptional routes for intermediate climbers and advanced climbers who seek out the mental challenges in addition to the physical. There are those who count the seconds attempting to set solo speed records here. There is probably little for the lower end difficulty climber nor the high end climber here.
The most arduous approach in Eldo by far...At least a 1 min. walk from the parking lot to the West.
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The Bastille Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 5 pitches, 350'
Werk Supp 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches
Marie Antoinette 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad, 1 pitch
Outer Face 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
March of Dimes 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches
X-M 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad, 3 pitches
Outer Space 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad, 2 pitches
DNF 5.10 variation 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Northcutt Start 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
Space Invaders 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 70'
Northwest Corner 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Wide Country 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad, 2 pitches, 230'
Direct North Face 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad
Interceptor 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R Trad, 1 pitch
Inner Space 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c X Trad
Saturnalia 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
The Spice Tour 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Trad
Derek-Tissima 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b X TR, 1 pitch, 50'
Madame Guillotine 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 180'
Hairstyles and Attitudes 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch
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Interceptor 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : The Bastille - N Face
This is basically a direct finish to the crack on the first pitch of X-M and actually finishes at the bolt anchors atop Wide Country.Follow the X-M crack up the face. When the crack turns from a bomber lieback to fingers and hands is where X-M moves right into the ugly chimney to finish atop the pillar. If you want to do Interceptor, continue up the crack until it peters out at the base of a nice face/scoop.Place a good TCU here (strenuous) and...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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