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Introduction Suggest change

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Colorado Springs is a mid-sized city located just east of the geographic center of the state of Colorado in the United States. It has a population of approximately 370,000 and is the third largest city in Colorado. At elevation 6,035 feet, it is situated near the base of one of the most famous American peaks, Pikes Peak (14,110'), on the east side of the Rocky Mountains. The capital of Colorado, Denver, is 68 miles to the north.

For climbers, the appeal of Colorado Springs is that it has many features of a modern urban area, such as parks, bike trails, urban open-area spaces, business and commerce, theatres and other entertainments. It was established as a posh resort community, and the tourist industry is strong and offers many activities and attractions. It is the number one destination for Colorado tourism. There are a number of military installations in the area, high-tech industry, and many Christian organizations and churches make their headquarters there.

If you are thinking of moving there, check out this link for Colorado Spring Stats.

Getting There Suggest change

If you have problems finding Colorado Springs, perhaps you shouldn't go climbing. The Springs as locals call it is 70 miles south of Denver on I-25, at the base of Pikes Peak.

To help you get around the Springs, click on the Colorado Springs Map.

For out of town folks, there is a modest-sized, quiet airport located SE of town.

Resources

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In the Springs go with La Casita (US 24 and 8th street as you get back into town, about a mile before I-25 is a pink, converted garage on your right) or Il Vicino (Downtown on Tejon between Colorado and Pikes Peak (local gear shop Mountain Chalet is just three blocks north).

Vic's brews their own beer, but suds are definitely also available at Kinfolks in Manitou. In case you got chased off the Pericle or Four Mile Dome, Kinfolks has conveniently combined bar and gear shop in one so you can replace your gear and stop your hands from shaking so.

If you need coffee in the morning to quell the shakes, hit Boulder St Roasters (Tejon next block north of Mountain Chalet) or Wooglins (Tejon just five blocks further north). Basically, everything you need is on Tejon. If climbing up on the Rampart range road or any of the outlying areas early morning coffee and monster dounuts can be had at the dounut mill in woodland park. It's located on the north side of US 24 about 1/2 way through town.

Between Garden of the Gods & Red Rocks Open Space, you can find a hearty meal at the Mason Jar near Colorado Ave & 30th St.

Weather

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Note, this area is located at the foot of a 14,110 ft peak with plenty of foothills just to the west. Of note, you should be aware that weather can be dramatically different than that in its neighboring community just 70 miles to the north. You can use the NOAA website to check on forecasts.

Bats - conservation

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See a bat on a route, give a shout. Climbers for Bat Conservation is working with climbers to understand bat ecology and why bats choose certain cracks and flakes. If you see bats, and want to tell them, here is their email (climbersforbats@colostate.edu) and their website ( climbersforbats.colostate.edu/).

Climbers for Bat Conservation is a collaboration between climbers, bat biologists, and land managers to understand where bats roost and where large populations may reside. They are interested in finding bats because a new disease, called white-nose syndrome ( whitenosesyndrome.org/), has killed millions of bats in North America. This collaboration has identified bat roosts throughout the U.S., and as far away as Norway and Bulgaria. CBC was developed by biologists who climb and they are advocates for climbing access and bat conservation. If you see bats while climbing, please let them know by emailing them at climbersforbats@colostate.edu, or visiting their website to learn more ( climbersforbats.colostate.edu/).

Rob Schorr

Zoologist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program ( sites.warnercnr.colostate.e…)

Director, Climbers for Bat Conservation

Robert.schorr@colostate.edu 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Colorado Springs

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V4 6B
 88
Wedgie aka The Cube Problem
Boulder
V5 6C
 79
Floater aka Center Route
Boulder
V7 7A+
 12
Chick Power
Boulder
V7-8 7B
 36
Pungase
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 536
North Ridge
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 279
New Era
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 110
The Martyr
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Pearly Gates
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 215
Re-Thinking the Ethics
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 14
Arching Jams
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 22
Footloose 'N' Fancy Free
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 119
The Ripple Effect
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 33
The Disclaimer
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 56
Anaconda
Trad 2 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 11
Tsunami
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Wedgie aka The Cube Problem Ute Valley Park > S Side Area > Cube Boulder
 88
V4 6B Boulder
Floater aka Center Route Ute Valley Park > S Side Area > Main Boulder aka The…
 79
V5 6C Boulder
Chick Power Ute Valley Park > S Side Area > Main Boulder aka The…
 12
V7 7A+ Boulder
Pungase Ute Valley Park > S Side Area > Main Boulder aka The…
 36
V7-8 7B Boulder
North Ridge Garden of the Gods > Montezuma Tower
 536
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
New Era Garden of the Gods > Kindergarten Rock > E Face
 279
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
The Martyr Old Stage Rd > Saint Peter's Overlook
 110
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Pearly Gates Old Stage Rd > Saint Peter's Overlook
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Re-Thinking the Ethics Red Rock Canyon… > Ripple Wall
 215
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Arching Jams Pike's Peak > Pericle
 14
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Footloose 'N' Fancy Free Garden of the Gods > Kindergarten Rock > W Face
 22
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Ripple Effect Red Rock Canyon… > Ripple Wall
 119
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Disclaimer N Cheyenne Canyon > Amphitheater
 33
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Anaconda Garden of the Gods > N Gateway Rock > N Face / N End
 56
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 2 pitches
Tsunami Old Stage Rd > Hurricane Ridge > Typhoon Lagoon
 11
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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