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Corporate Greed S 
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Let The Honeymoon Begin S 
Lugie Head S 
Momentary Lack of Resin S 
Mouse S 
Smoke on the Water S 
Snipe Hunter S 
Spider Evictor S 
Summer Shuffle S 
Super Barnacle S 
Turds in the Punchbowl S 
Unknown (Right Arch of Cave) S 

The Punchbowl  

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The main wall of the Punchbowl, of which climbs ex...


The cave occasionally has a waterfall that fills up the bowl at the base, hence the name.

There are now more than 10 routes at the cave and to the right, from 5.9 to 5.hard.
Left of the cave, in the trees, are some 10/11s, and some harder routes further left (perhaps a dozen or so routes). Not much is known about these lines yet, except that Luke Laeser and Co. put in a handful, and the rock looks really good, for the most part.

There are a handful of quality lines here. Right of the Punchbowl are a number of routes. Corporate Greed is a short, fun 5.9, ****. I've heard tell Spiked Punch (12c, ****) is a classic, I think Drive by Shooting (11d/12a, ****) is definitely a worthy route. Turds in the Punchbowl (12a, **) is worth getting on for the stiff crux up high. Several (relatively) new routes can be found by following the trail around the corner to the right of Turds.

Smoke on the Water (11c, ****) starts on the left side of the cave and is super fun, with a finish that arcs right over the top of the cave.

There are a two bolted lines on the right arch of the cave that look really hard. According to the 2008 Guidebook from Wolverine Publishing, these are 13c & 13d.

Getting There 

At the end of the east access road, there is a trail that takes you directly to the Punchbowl, with a quick approach. This is the obvious cave.



1. Smoke on the Water, 11, 1p, 40', bolts.
2. Super Barnacle, 12-, 1p, 60', bolts.
3. Unknown (Right Arch of Cave), 13+? PG-13?, 1p, 90', bolts.
4. Unknown, 13+?, 1p, bolts
5. Momentary Lack of Resin?, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
6. Spiked Punch, 12, 1p.
7. Lugie Head, 12, 1p, 60', bolts.
8. Corporate Greed, 9-, 1p, 35', bolts.
9. Snipe Hunter, 12c?, 1p, bolts.
10. Drive by Shooting, 11+, 1p, bolts.
11. Turds in the Punchbowl, 12-, 1p, 70', bolts.

More routes to the right.

Editorial Note: There appears to be only 2 "vertical" routes between the cave & "Corporate Greed", though this lists 3. Not sure what the deal is with that.

Climbing Season

For the Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Creek) area.

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

16 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Punchbowl:
Corporate Greed   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Bam   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Smoke on the Water   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Drive By Shooting   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Turds in the Punchbowl   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Momentary Lack of Resin   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Snipe Hunter   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Unknown (Right Arch of Cave)   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For The Punchbowl
Chris Deulen in the midst of the traverse.

Smoke on the Water 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CO : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : ... : The Punchbowl
Currently the first route on the left of the overhang, this amazing 11c starts from a sketchy belay, going to a large block that may fall off in 50 years. There is a glued hold just above the first bolt. The 3rd bolt starts the move to the right. A jug seems to magically appear whenever the holds run out. You may find yourself pumped out and epic-ing by the time you get to the somewhat of a downclimb crux near the last two bolts. Gain a good side pull, then jug to the last two convenient open ga...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Chris Deulen running it out between bolts 8 and 9 ...
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By chris deulen
From: Merriam, Kansas
Sep 3, 2007
I was wondering who bolted the unnamed (I assume) projects, if anyone knows. There is a line a few yards to the right of Super Barnacle that climbs out the left side of the cave to the face above it.
Also, I got on the unnamed #3 route. It was absolutely amazing. Maybe the best climb I've ever been on, albeit incredible dirty with loose rock the entire way up. It needs to see a great deal more traffic before it will be worthy of judging an accurate grade, since it could get easier or harder. However, things being as they were, I felt like the climb weighed in around 5.13c. I did hang nearly every bolt, though I pulled every move.
By David Speyrer
Sep 13, 2010
It's fascinating to see old climbs rediscovered like this.

I checked out Lime Creek sometime in the late 1990s with Dan Howley (now of the Spot Gym) and those 13s in the cave were already bolted and presumably climbed. As I recall, Pete Zoller was supposed to have established those lines. You might ask him or people who know him what the names are.
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