Elevation: 7,044 ft
GPS: 39.743, -105.404 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Michael Komarnitsky on Dec 31, 2000 with 2 Suggestions
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details
Access Issue: Open according to a Jeff CO ranger Details

Getting There

The Catslab is about 11 miles up the canyon. Take a left at the intersection for Blackhawk and going to Idaho Springs (go towards Idaho Springs). Go through the first tunnel, over the river, then immediately park, if possible, on the south side of the road. Walk back across the bridge, and then proceed about 1/4 mile south along a solid if slightly airy trail, to the slabby, south-facing face.

L->R:

A? Lesser of Two Evils, 5, 1p, 35', bolts.
B? Overflow Direct, 10-, 1p, 40', bolts.
C? Thinning the Herd, 9, 1p, 40', bolts.
DE? Unknown, 6 or 8 PG-13, 1p, 70 or 140', gear & bolts or TR.
E. The Pussy , 11+, 1p, 85', bolts & pin.
F. Reno Rampage, 7 PG-13, 1p, 105', gear.
G. Skimbleshanks, 8-, 1p, 130', bolts.
H. Summer Fling , 9+, 1p, 120', bolts.
I. Old Deuteronomy, 9, 1p, 100', bolts.
J. Mungajerry, 9, 1p, 100', bolts.
K. Rumple Teaser, 10-, 1p, 100', bolts.
L. Mr. Mistoffeles, 9, 1p, 110', bolts.
M. Gumby Cat, 4, 1p, 60', bolts.
M+. Jellicle Cats, 9, 1p, 140', bolts.
N. Crystal Cat, 9, 1p, 120', bolts.
O. MacCavity, 9, 1p, 120', bolts.
P. Grizabella, 7, 1p, 95', bolts.

Q. Gus, 10, 1p, 90', bolts.
R. Nasty Kat, 9, 1p, 50', bolts.

Above

A1. Above O. Top Cat, 14-, 1p, bolts.
A2. Above O. Kitty's Back, 13-, 1p, bolts.
B1. Above P. Catlong, 13, 1p, bolts.
B2. Above P. Rum Tum Tugger, 11, 1p, 80', bolts.

Gear

Please be warned! The majority of climbs in this area require a 70m rope to safety reach the ground. Every year, several climbers rap off their ends or are lowered off their rope, resulting in ground fall and severe injuries. Please pay attention to the route you are on and consider closing your system for safety.

Rattlesnake warning!

Per Kelsey Tennett: a rattlesnake has been spotted on the trail in. Be careful with kids!

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Catslab

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 321
Grizabella
Sport
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 397
Skimbleshanks
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 336
Mr. Mistoffeles
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 237
MacCavity
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 128
Crystal Cat
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 211
Old Deuteronomy
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 214
Mungajerry
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 96
Summer Fling
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 67
Nasty Kat
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 57
Overflow Direct
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 149
Jellicle Cats
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 201
Rumple Teaser
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 67
Gus
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 57
Rum Tum Tugger
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 22
The Pussy
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Grizabella
 321
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Skimbleshanks
 397
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Mr. Mistoffeles
 336
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
MacCavity
 237
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Crystal Cat
 128
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Old Deuteronomy
 211
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Mungajerry
 214
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Summer Fling
 96
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Nasty Kat
 67
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Overflow Direct
 57
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Jellicle Cats
 149
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Rumple Teaser
 201
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Gus
 67
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Rum Tum Tugger
 57
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Pussy
 22
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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