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Introduction

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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

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

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

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Colorado Springs

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 438
North Ridge
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 249
Potholes
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 229
New Era
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 100
Crack Parallel
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 137
West Point Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 135
Crescent Corner
Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 137
Credibility Gap
Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 82
The Martyr
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 99
Alligator Soup
Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 72
Solar Flare
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 179
Re-Thinking the Ethics
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 88
Tava
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 90
Mighty Thor
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 87
Diesel and Dust
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 92
The Ripple Effect
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North Ridge Garden of the Gods > Montezuma Tower
 438
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Potholes Garden of the Gods > Twin Spires > Red Twin
 249
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
New Era Garden of the Gods > Kindergarten Rock > E Face
 229
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Crack Parallel N Cheyenne Canyon > W Face (The Pinnacle…
 100
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
West Point Crack Garden of the Gods > S Gateway Rock > W Side
 137
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 3 pitches
Crescent Corner Garden of the Gods > S Gateway Rock > E Side
 135
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Credibility Gap Garden of the Gods > S Gateway Rock > W Side
 137
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
The Martyr Old Stage Rd > Saint Peter's Overlook
 82
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Alligator Soup Garden of the Gods > Kindergarten Rock > E Face
 99
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Solar Flare Red Rock Canyon… > Solar Slab
 72
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Re-Thinking the Ethics Red Rock Canyon… > Ripple Wall
 179
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Tava Red Rock Canyon… > Solar Slab
 88
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Mighty Thor Garden of the Gods > S Gateway Rock > E Side
 90
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Diesel and Dust Garden of the Gods > Kindergarten Rock > E Face
 87
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
The Ripple Effect Red Rock Canyon… > Ripple Wall
 92
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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