Sobo Rock Climbing
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Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
History (Admin Only): Monty approved "Description" May 24, 2020 View all 2
Leo Paik edited "Getting There" May 26, 2020
Eldorado Canyon SP is STRONGLY DISCOURAGING CLIMBING at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Climbing is NOT ADVISED. Social distancing is challenging in Eldorado Canyon SP with climbing. The park office is closed. Warnings (& possible evictions from the SP) may be issued for violations of the social distancing requirement for a minimum of 6 feet between people not in the same household. In addition, touching surfaces contacted by others, which occurs on climbing routes and between climbing partners sharing equipment & rope(s), is a risk.
Rescues related to this sport are highly technical, require a large number of rescue personnel and equipment, and they generally result in an ambulance ride to the hospital. Please respect the statewide state-at-home order.
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The old Rossiter guide listed only 3 routes at Sobo, but there are now at least 10. Five of these are very good single-pitch cracks, and would have climbers cued up like Calypso if they were close to the road. These alone are are worthy of a hike in for a day of climbing.
There is potential for a few more lines if someone wants to do a few hair-raisers.
Top-roping at Sobo would be difficult though, due to a lack of good summit access trails. Much like the other crags in this summit chain.
From the Eldorado Trail, Sobo looks like a large Triangle, just West Diamond Head, and East of the summit cliff-band of South Boulder Peak. Sobo faces predominantly South, and gathers light all day. The climbs are mostly pure crack, such as Good Cleavage, Cruising For Bulgar, Dreams Of Light, and the wider Dreams of Darkness. The two moderate routes, Marsupial and Sugar Glider, involve some runout face climbing. Most of the known routes on this rock would be or are starred routes in the local guidebooks, but none see much traffic.
Descent: To descend after climbing, scramble and walk left off of the top around a corner to the northwest, and then down to a tree with a red sling. Rap 50' from the sling to the ground and then walk back among the corner to your packs. This is an easy descent and should take about 5 minutes. Some down-climbing could be eliminated with another sling around the uppermost tree.
Per Tony Bubb: Sobo is not within the Eldorado Canyon SP. Thus, it is not under the state park jurisdiction.
Classic Climbing Routes at Sobo
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