Elevation: 5,899 ft
GPS: 39.932, -105.283 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Tony B on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Closures Details

Description

This popular rock can be divided in character into its south and southwest face. The SW face has some of the most frequently climbed routes in Eldorado Canyon and is probably the best area in Eldorado Canyon for those seeking lower end difficulty climbing. The rock is stellar for the first two pitches of climbs on this face. Above this the rock has seen less traffic and still has loose rock for the unsuspecting climber.

Famous climbers have been climbing this rock since the early 1950s. On occasion, you may find yourself face-to-face with a legendary climber soloing on by you as enjoy this rock.

Ultra-classics such as Calypso, 5.6 and Wind Ridge, 5.6 are great for beginners but often have long queues, please be patient. Pitch 3 of Wind Ridge has one of the most interesting roofs in all of Eldorado Canyon. Other good lines include Breezy, 5.4; The Bomb, 5.4; Boulder Direct, 5.5; the irascible Tigger, 5.5; Recon, 5.6; Reggae, 5.8; Wind Tower Slab, 5.9 TR; the slippery Tagger, 5.10b/c; and the impressive Salvation, 5.12a/b s.

Note, that according to Park statistics, Calypso is one of the most hazardous routes in the park, so protect it well.

Getting There

The approach takes an arduous 5 min. from the parking lot. Take the bridge across S. Boulder Creek, then take the marked path up to the wall. Please stay on the path since it is well built to minimize erosion and rock slide.

Rappel descent from the summit

Per Tom Schulz: the rappel descent from the summit can be hard to find if you haven’t climbed in this area before. Cross to the other side of the wall, and scramble North without descending too far until you see a large cable. Follow the cable North, and continue in the same direction without descending once the cable terminates. You’ll pass downhill of a small rock formation. Look left and the rappel rings will be there. A short rappel will bring you back to the trail.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Wind Tower - SW Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 399
The Bomb
Trad, TR 2 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 384
Breezy
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 999
Calypso
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 303
Tigger
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 1,062
Wind Ridge
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 311
West Overhang
Trad 2 pitches
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 54
Lemmings
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 577
Reggae
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 48
Tigger Plus
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 136
Calypso Direct
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 64
Calypso Direct Start
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 14
I Did It My Way
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 19
Rastaman Roof
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 418
Tagger
Trad 2 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Salvation
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Bomb
 399
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR 2 pitches
Breezy
 384
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Calypso
 999
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Tigger
 303
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Wind Ridge
 1,062
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
West Overhang
 311
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Lemmings
 54
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Reggae
 577
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Tigger Plus
 48
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Calypso Direct
 136
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Calypso Direct Start
 64
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad
I Did It My Way
 14
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, TR
Rastaman Roof
 19
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Tagger
 418
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Salvation
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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