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The Bastille 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 is the section for the W Face. There is probably little for the lower end difficulty climber nor the high end climber here. The section of the crag provides a wonderful afternoon exposure for the cooler months. Topping out provides a wonderous view of this spirit-elevating canyon.
Once you enter Eldorado Canyon State Park, you will hopefully find parking within 200 yards in one of two areas. Park. Walk up the road to the obvious bridge across South Boulder Creek. Look up and left. This is The Bastille. The west face is accessed off a 3rd class trail just around the corner and up the steep slope. Be careful in wet conditions, with little ones and, please, no dogs here.
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Breakfast in Bed 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch
West Arete 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 130'
Out to Lunge 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R Trad, 1 pitch
West Buttress 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 3 pitches
Hair City 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a R Trad, 3 pitches, 310'
Blind Faith 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Rain 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R Trad
Neon Lights 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c R Trad, 2 pitches
West Face [Bastille] 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches, 270'
Sunset Boulevard 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport
Stem Gem 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch
Your Mother 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Sport
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Rain 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : The Bastille - W Face
About 40 feet up the hill on the West side of the Bastille, just down from the West Buttress, find a reasonable chalked line ascending up and left to a series of two chunky overhangs. Climb up to the center of the first of these, then move hard left and up past the left side of the second of the two, placing a few cams in under the rooves in horizontals on the way. Clip some fixed gear and move up and right towards a few bolts. The climbing changes here from big moves between big holds at odd...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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