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Blow Chow T,TR 
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Dire Spire T,TR 
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The Spire Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Jim Cormier on Jul 25, 2001


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Approximately 6.0 miles up the canyon from Lyons. The Spire is across the river from a large pullout. Has several trad routes (which can be toproped) scramble to the top on the right side and scramble out to a nice alcove at the top. I may plan on adding a rap station/ top rope bolts at the top in the near future. Routes face north so this is nice for hot summer days. Rock is solid and has cracks that take protection well (You may need to garden a little). Only access issues might be crossing the river, and dodging poison ivy.

Getting There 

Drive up the canyon approximately 6 miles above Lyons, Pull out is on the left, and find the best place to cross river. The rock should be obvious.

Climbing Season

For the South Fork of St. Vrain Canyon area.

Weather station 8.9 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Spire

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Spire:
Center Slab   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For The Spire
Rock Climbing Photo: Brendan Sheehan about halfway up the route.

Center Slab 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : Lyons : ... : The Spire
This is a new Alvino Pon route. "Center Slab" is a temporary name until the real name is known.The route goes up the slab between Full Nelson Reilly and Dire Spire.Begin at the big tree next to the rock. The first bolt is about 15' up and a little left of the tree.Climb up behind the tree, clip the first bolt, and work up left to a ledge with a ring bolt. Climb up the slab and a shallow crack. Continue up the slab to the right edge of the roof, pass the roof on the right, and angle up left to...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By pete cogan
Aug 20, 2003
No need to walk off The Spire: there are two new bolt lines and two new anchors at the top. One bolt line runs next to Dire Spire; the second is to the right of Blow Chow and heads up the arete.
By Brian Hansen
From: West of Boulder, CO
Aug 24, 2003
Does anyone have info on the two new bolted lines on the Spire?
By Anonymous Coward
Aug 25, 2003
Brian there are some comments on this on the main SSV page. Search for "brown" and read comments made by him and others.
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 25, 2003
Two new routes on The Spire (Right Arete and Center Slab) were added to the database today.
By John Worthen
Sep 4, 2006
We wanted to climb the Spire today, and it seems like several of the bolts have been cut. Does anyone know why?
By Toshia Leonhardt
From: Arvada, CO
Sep 9, 2008
Anyone know what the center slab is rated? It's not in the Lyon's area book, yet in fact many routes are not listed in SSV canyon yet and they are clearly not THAT new! What's up w/ a new guidebook?

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