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Areas in Denver South

Castle Rock 2 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Castlewood Canyon SP 88 / 126 / 166 / 116 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 429
Castlewood Ranch Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Centennial Central Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Daniels Park 2 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Glendale Open Space 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Larkspur Rim 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Park Meadows Mall 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
REI Denver Flagship Store Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Waterton Canyon 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Westlands Park/God's Hands 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Elevation: 6,163 ft
GPS: 39.375, -104.864 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Tom Hanson on Mar 4, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

Denver South refers to climbing south of the big smoke with the town of Castle Rock at its center. Castle Rock is a town of about 40,000 people, and it's approximately halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs. For many people Castle Rock is an Outlet shopping center, but for climbers and boulderer's, it is the town closes to Castlewood Canyon and Castlewood Ranch boulders.

At 6128 feet, Castle Rock area can be cold in winter and warm during the summer. However, it is rare day when it is too cold to climb Castlewood Canyon as many of the rocks and boulders are in small gorges and forge sun traps, so as long as it is south-facing, it can be toasty on the coolest of winter days.

Getting There

The epicenter of Denver South is Castle Rock which straddles I-25 approximately halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs on I-25. If you miss it, you're off to a bad start!

Resources

Eats, sleep, beer, etc.

Climbing Gear Resources

REI, a long time outdoor co-op, located in various locations including Denver, Boulder, and Westminster, carries rock, snow, and ice gear.

Bent Gate Mountaineering on Washington St. carries rock, bouldering, ice, and snow gear and is the closest gear shop in Golden.

Rock and Resole was originally primarily a rock and ice boot resoler. As of 2017, they have become an "outfitter" carrying shoes, tools, aid gear, bouldering gear, cams, and ropes.

Neptune Mountaineering (Table Mesa Shopping Center). It is the oldest climbing shop in Boulder and has a great selection of gear and a knowledgeable staff. Thursday night slide shows are often with world-famous climbers. Check out their climbing museum: photos and climbing memorabilia from all over the world, including Edmund Hillary's boots, and a photo of Gaston Rebuffat running it out with just a hemp rope tied around his waist!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Denver South

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1+ 5
 62
Rocket Ship
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 28
Fountain Lip Traverse
Boulder
V4 6B
 17
Nine Lives Arete
Boulder
V6 7A
 24
Cave Direct
Boulder
V7 7A+
 22
Punani
Boulder
V12+ 8A+ X
 40
Little Devil
TR, Boulder
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 66
Hot Fudge
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 60
Rat's Nest
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 67
Licorice Stick
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 26
Beta Slave
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 47
Bozo No No
Sport, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 6
Subterfuge
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 13
Song of the Wood
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 9
Rim Job
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 7
The Black Streak
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rocket Ship Castlewood Cany… > … > Fountainbleau area > Fountain Lip Boulder
 62
V1+ 5 Boulder
Fountain Lip Traverse Castlewood Cany… > … > Fountainbleau area > Fountain Lip Boulder
 28
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Nine Lives Arete Castlewood Cany… > … > Central City area > Nine Lives Boulder
 17
V4 6B Boulder
Cave Direct Castlewood Cany… > … > Fountainbleau area > Fountain Lip Boulder
 24
V6 7A Boulder
Punani Castlewood Cany… > … > Punani Area/N C… > Punani Boulder
 22
V7 7A+ Boulder
Little Devil Castlewood Cany… > Bouldering prob… > Miscellaneous Castlew…
 40
V12+ 8A+ X TR, Boulder
Hot Fudge Castlewood Cany… > Grocery Store Walls
 66
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Rat's Nest Castlewood Cany… > Grocery Store Walls
 60
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Licorice Stick Castlewood Cany… > Grocery Store Walls
 67
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Beta Slave Castlewood Cany… > C-Section
 26
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Bozo No No Castlewood Cany… > Grocery Store Walls
 47
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR
Subterfuge Castlewood Cany… > Sea World a.k.a. Hans…
 6
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Song of the Wood Castlewood Cany… > Wendell Spire
 13
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Rim Job Castlewood Cany… > Falls Wall
 9
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
The Black Streak Castlewood Cany… > Wendell Spire
 7
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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Castle Rock
chris deulen   Castle Rock
40,000 people. Lulz. Feb 27, 2016

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