Elevation: 8,727 ft
GPS: 38.16698, -105.19267
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Access Issue: Titanic reopens! South Hardscrabble Creek remains closed. Details

Description

The Wet Mountains are the hidden gem of Southern Colorado climbing, boasting steep sport granite and multi-pitch trad climbing. During the winter months, ice climbing is also possible.

The most popular area is Tanner Dome in the Oak Creek area. Tanner Dome, not be confused with Tanner Rock (Raven Buttress) which is also in the Wet Mountains but at Hardscrabble Pass, contains an assortment of quality routes on South Platte like rock. Most routes are one to three pitch bolted sport routes, with only one few trad lines. During the winter, the area can be sheltered from winds and pleasant to climb.

Getting There

The Wet Mountains lie south of Canon City and close to Florence. Please refer to the area descriptions on how to locate each climbing area as they are dispersed.

Map of general area around Florence.

Resources

Information about the Wet Mountains is currently on the light side, so if you are venturing down there, a handy resource would be the area's guidebook, The Ripper: Climbing in Colorado's Wet Mountains, available from Sharp End Publishing stores.sharpendbooks.com/cl…;page=3 and climbing shops. Bob and Carrie Robertson's guide The Sunny Side of Voyageur found at climbingpamphlet.com is a good reference too.

SoCO CRAG is the local access organization.

Gear Shops

Great Divide, 400 N. Santa Fe, Pueblo.
The Edge, 107 N. Union Ave, Pueblo.

Red Canyon Cycles, 410 Main St, CaƱon City.

Bats - conservation

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 

81 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Wet Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
The Highway 96 Mystery Spot
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 19
Tanner Classic
Sport 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 22
Zing
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Amp Right
Sport 2 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 16
I Did It My Way
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 15
Amp Left
Sport 2 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 19
Landscape Architect
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 16
Rightist
Sport 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
30,000 Casualties
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
The Beak
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 20
Clippers and Saws
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 14
Pendejo
Sport 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
Road Rage
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 12
Sobriety Check
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
Leftist
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Highway 96 Mystery Spot Hardscrabble Pass > Captain Winter's Spire
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Tanner Classic Oak Creek Canyon > Tanner Dome
 19
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 2 pitches
Zing Oak Creek Canyon > Tanner Dome
 22
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Amp Right Oak Creek Canyon > Tanner Dome
 18
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
I Did It My Way Hardscrabble Pass > Titanic
 16
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Amp Left Oak Creek Canyon > Tanner Dome
 15
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Landscape Architect Oak Creek Canyon > Tanner Dome
 19
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Rightist Oak Creek Canyon > Tanner Dome
 16
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
30,000 Casualties Oak Creek Canyon > Tanner Dome
 9
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
The Beak Hardscrabble Pass > Tanner Rock aka Raven…
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Clippers and Saws Oak Creek Canyon > Tanner Dome
 20
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Pendejo Oak Creek Canyon > Tanner Dome
 14
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 3 pitches
Road Rage Hardscrabble Pass > Titanic
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Sobriety Check Hardscrabble Pass > Titanic
 12
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Leftist Oak Creek Canyon > Tanner Dome
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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