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Elevation: 6,229 ft
GPS: 39.37066, -104.86557
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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.

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These subareas and 164 boulders are in Castlewood State Park not under a bridge in the center of Castle Rock!

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

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Eats, sleep, beer, etc.

Climbing Gear Resources

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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.
V4- 6B
 80
Fountain Lip Traverse
Boulder
V4 6B
 28
Nine Lives Arete
Boulder
V7 7A+
 48
Punani
Boulder
V8-9 7B+
 7
Hoagie in Heaven aka The Crystal…
Boulder
V9- 7C
 21
Mobile Morgue Sit
Boulder
V10 7C+
 8
The Crypt
Boulder
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 67
[Redacted]
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 16
Subterfuge
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 16
Pay Homage
Sport, TR
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 45
Song from the Wood
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 37
The Sub
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 14
Rim Job
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 18
The Black Streak
Sport
5.15d 9c 39 XIII- 41 E11 8c V16-17 9A WI8 M13+ A5+ Steep Snow X
 152
Little Devil
TR, Aid, Boulder, Mixed, Ice, Snow
5.15d 9c 39 XIII- 41 E11 8c V17 9A AI6 M16+ A5+ Steep Snow
 40
The Cornucopia
Aid, Boulder, Mixed, Ice, Snow
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Fountain Lip Traverse Castlewood Cany… > … > Fountainbleau Area > Fountain Lip Boulder
 80
V4- 6B Boulder
Nine Lives Arete Castlewood Cany… > … > Central City area > Nine Lives Boulder
 28
V4 6B Boulder
Punani Castlewood Cany… > … > Punani Area/N C… > Punani Boulder
 48
V7 7A+ Boulder
Hoagie in Heaven aka The Cr… Castlewood Cany… > … > Five & Dime Area > Electric Kite Wall
 7
V8-9 7B+ Boulder
Mobile Morgue Sit Mitchell Creek… > Corona Crag
 21
V9- 7C Boulder
The Crypt Mitchell Creek… > Corona Crag
 8
V10 7C+ Boulder
[Redacted] Castlewood Cany… > C-Section
 67
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Subterfuge Castlewood Cany… > Sea World a.k.a. Hans…
 16
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Pay Homage Castlewood Cany… > Vulture Walls
 16
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, TR
Song from the Wood Castlewood Cany… > Wendell Spire
 45
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Sub Castlewood Cany… > Wendell Spire
 37
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Rim Job Castlewood Cany… > Falls Wall
 14
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
The Black Streak Castlewood Cany… > Wendell Spire
 18
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Little Devil Castlewood Cany… > Bouldering prob… > Miscellaneous Castlew…
 152
5.15d 9c 39 XIII- 41 E11 8c V16-17 9A WI8 M13+ A5+ Steep Snow X TR, Aid, Boulder, Mixed, Ice, Snow
The Cornucopia Castlewood Cany… > Grocery Store Walls
 40
5.15d 9c 39 XIII- 41 E11 8c V17 9A AI6 M16+ A5+ Steep Snow Aid, Boulder, Mixed, Ice, Snow
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