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The Wasp Canyon

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Bee Positive T 
Down the Rabbit Hole T 
Expensive Route, The T 
G Route, The S 
G Storm S 
Point of Entry T,S 
Raven's Haven, The T 
Scorpion T,S 
Starlight T,S 
Stinger T 
Storm T 
W.A.S.P. (What About Some Pesticide?) T 
You are Here T 

The Wasp Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,725'
Location: 39.19854, -105.21961 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Wasp Canyon, like the For Real Wall (Quarry Wall under the rock listing), is actually an extended buttress with routes running 270 degrees around the crag. On the left, up the For Real Canyon, is the Metaphysical Wall (on the right). As you move down canyon the wall seques into The Wasp Canyon which forms the South end of the buttress. Moving right and up into ... one next encounters, in sequence, the Wild Overhang Wall, The Wasp Wall, The Beer Sluts Wall, and The Lumber Jack Wall. These all comprise the contiguous crag on the left. The right side of ... also holds numerous routes on a formation variously called the DJ crag or the Post Office crag. The Wild Overhang Wall possesses most the business, running into middle 5.13 on some very steep rock. This feature can't be missed since it is a 40 ft roof system with a tanning slab below!!

Getting There 

From the old road below the first tier of crags, the Wall In The Woods buttress is on the right. It is flanked by the For Real Canyon on the left and the Wasp canyon on the right. A cairned trail will take you over some ledges and through a talus field for routes in Wasp Canyon and the Wall In The Woods.

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13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',2],['5.10',3],['5.11',2],['5.12',5],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Wasp Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Wasp Canyon:
W.A.S.P. (What About Some Pesticide?)   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Bee Positive   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Stinger   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Point of Entry   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Down the Rabbit Hole   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
The Expensive Route   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Scorpion   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
Storm   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
The G Route   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Starlight   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For The Wasp Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Stefan Doucette making the lunge off the right han...

Starlight 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  CO : South Platte : ... : The Wasp Canyon
Killer project and worth five stars on a three star scale, Starlight, fires smack-dab up the middle of the overhang on amazing features with a relentless demand on power. Edges, side steps, side pulls, and back steps all gun for a Manta Ray flake in the middle of the overhang. It is at least 5.12b just getting here. Pull around the flake on the right and launch a relentless series of crimps on progressively steepening rock. Jugs await below the lip of the roof, and a good thing too, since here ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Kevin Stricker
From: Evergreen, CO
Nov 13, 2008
There are no .13s on the Wild Overhang wall.... The four steep routes on this wall are all bolted .12s though you might want a few stoppers or slings for the run outs to the anchors.
By Kevin McLaughlin
From: Colorado Springs
Jan 4, 2009
As you enter the canyon, the steeply overhanging wall on the left is called the Starlight Buttress.
By Tyrel Fuller
From: Denver, CO
Mar 9, 2013
Any info on some the bouldering in this canyon?
By Andrew Ishimaru
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nov 2, 2014
To the two guys from Denver I met today under the overhanging section of the Canyon - I accidentally left with one of your draws after G route. I'm sorry that I forgot your names, but if one of you sees this, tell me the tape color and I'll try to get it back to you.

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