Elevation: 5,836 ft
GPS: 39.562, -107.304 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Jan 18, 2004
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Private Property - Waiver Required Details

Description

How about climbing on big limestone, 2 hours from Denver, with zero approach, and a South to West facing system of crags? Too good to be true? Not. Puoux can offer exactly that, but with the caveat that most of the developed climbing is just off Interstate 70. No good guide has been developed, so this is it until the FA teams get the data assembled. Separate parties with Jeff Achey, Eric Candee, Dave Pegg, Greg Purnell, and others have done the work. The limestone can be excellent to poor, depending on location, but the routes listed here will be derived from the best stone. Many of the routes start right off the ground, however, some very steep and very rad lines have been developed that require some hair-ball approach on fixed cords. Since the limestone sees little traffic, much of it is fresh and sharp - even now nothing is polished (I'll probably regret this comment). This reminds me of the upper sectors of the routes in Rifle that have all of those little scalloped spines on them.

So far, the climbing is confined to the road-side crag, called the No Name Crag (aka Puoux), with Puoux and Fault Walls seeing most development. However, development is also pushing into the higher crags on the hill and across the river in the shadowy grey limestone - time will tell how these shape up.

Getting There

Puoux is just about the easiest crag in Colorado to locate, being immediately adjacent to Interstate 70. Park in the large pull-out 300 feet East of the tunnel at Glenwood Springs. The crag by road-side is obvious. Development is spreading to the higher cliff and across the river.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Puoux

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 50
Traditional Values
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 36
Graybeard (aka NoName 1)
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 27
Road Runner
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 19
The Test
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 39
Pass the Ditchie
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 47
Moral Decay (aka NoName 4)
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 30
Roadside Distraction (aka NoName…
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 29
Stay True (aka NoName 3)
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 44
Youth Warm-up
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 19
Kor's Corner
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 29
Urban Cowboy
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Youth (full)
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 8
Experience
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 6
The Birdman
Sport
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
 4
Fault Line (aka Welcome To Plane…
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Traditional Values Lower Wall
 50
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Graybeard (aka NoName 1) Lower Wall
 36
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Road Runner Lower Wall
 27
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Test Lower Wall
 19
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Pass the Ditchie Lower Wall
 39
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Moral Decay (aka NoName 4) Lower Wall
 47
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Roadside Distraction (aka N… Lower Wall
 30
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Stay True (aka NoName 3) Lower Wall
 29
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Youth Warm-up Main Wall
 44
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Kor's Corner Main Wall
 19
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Urban Cowboy Main Wall
 29
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Youth (full) Main Wall
 3
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Experience Main Wall
 8
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
The Birdman Main Wall
 6
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Fault Line (aka Welcome To… Fault Wall
 4
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport
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