Elevation: 5,500 ft
GPS: 39.932, -105.283 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Mar 20, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
Access Issue: Seasonal Closures Details

Description

This popular rock can be divided in character into its south and southwest face. The Southwest face has some of the most frequently climbed routes in Eldorado Canyon and is probably the best area in Eldorado Canyon for those seeking lower end difficulty climbing. The rock is stellar for the first two pitches of climbs on this face. Above this the rock has seen less traffic and still has loose rock for the unsuspecting climber. On its South face, you will find fewer companions, since its vertical face and spartan protection options will deter all but the most ardent suitors.

Once, the summit provided an anchor point for the cable upon which crossed Ivy Baldwin on many death-defying crossings of the canyon. The cable was taken down in 1974. Today, the cable remains testament to a disappearing breed of adventurer.

These are some of the earliest stomping grounds for Colorado legends like Layton Kor, Dick Bird, Dallas Jackson, Cleve McCarty, Larry Dalke, Pat Ament, Jeff Lowe, Jim Erickson, Steve Wunsch, Kevin Donald, Charlie Fowler, Duncan Ferguson, Kyle Copeland, Dan Hare, Mike Brooks, Richard Rossiter, and others.

Ultra-classics include: Calypso, 5.6; Wind Ridge, 5.6; the slippery Tagger, 5.10c; Metamorphosis, 5.9+ s; King's X, 5.11a s; and Rainbow Wall, 5.13a.

The low part of this wall does include some moderately popular bouldering and traversing.

Note, if anyone has particularly good base digital photos for rendering a topo for this page, please let me know.

Getting There

Once you enter Eldorado Canyon State Park, you will hopefully find parking within 200 yards in one of two areas. Park. Walk uphill to the obvious bridge across South Boulder Creek. Cross the bridge. Look up & right. Follow the trail to the SW face or veer right to the S face.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Wind Tower

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5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 328
The Bomb
Trad, TR 2 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 327
Breezy
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 906
Calypso
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 265
Tigger
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 941
Wind Ridge
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 276
West Overhang
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 510
Reggae
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 127
Calypso Direct
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 54
Calypso Direct Start
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
 48
Across The River From Butt Hair
Trad 2 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 96
Diffraction
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 139
The Metamorphosis
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 379
Tagger
Trad 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 85
King's X
Trad 2 pitches
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 15
Rainbow Wall
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Bomb Wind Tower - SW Face
 328
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR 2 pitches
Breezy Wind Tower - SW Face
 327
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Calypso Wind Tower - SW Face
 906
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Tigger Wind Tower - SW Face
 265
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Wind Ridge Wind Tower - SW Face
 941
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
West Overhang Wind Tower - SW Face
 276
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Reggae Wind Tower - SW Face
 510
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Calypso Direct Wind Tower - SW Face
 127
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Calypso Direct Start Wind Tower - SW Face
 54
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad
Across The River From Butt… Wind Tower - SW Face
 48
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Diffraction Wind Tower - S Face
 96
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The Metamorphosis Wind Tower - S Face
 139
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Tagger Wind Tower - SW Face
 379
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
King's X Wind Tower - S Face
 85
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 2 pitches
Rainbow Wall Wind Tower - S Face
 15
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Trad, Sport
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