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Valalpin's Escarpment, North 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Valalpin's Escarpment, South 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Elevation: 6,679 ft
GPS: 37.263, -107.871 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Matthias Holladay on Oct 25, 2007
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

Two small cliffs on either side of the entrance of Horse Gulch have friable rock, which once cleaned, yield enjoyable and dynamic climbing. The 40 foot cliff on the right has two leads with two more further up-creek. While there's a lot of fun TRs on the left cliff and high-ball boulder problems up blasted rock further down, the testpiece is an aid line from the graffiti up & out roofs to a ledge & dihedral to top out.

Getting There

There is a 10 minute approach from the parking lot to the climbs for either the left or right side of the gulch.

For the right side: go right across the parking lot to the trail up the hill. Where it levels out, go left and up to a rock shelf to gain the larger trail. Follow this to the first utility pole, then go left through the trees and drop down to the base of the cliff.

For the left side: follow left ridgeline trail to shelves of rock, and traverse hillside to base of climbs.

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smassey
CO
smassey   CO
Matthias, I'd rather be climbing the choss you put up than doing the umpteenth lap on socially acceptable choss at The Golf Wall. Funny how choss is a matter of perspective. The guidebook to Rifle starts out with saying "Rifle is truly a pile", or something to that effect. To all the haters: If you don't like choss, leave the San Juans - you're out of your element; go sport climbing somewhere. If you don't mind a little adventure, enjoy it for what it is.

BTW, thanks for posting all the pix of you and Joel getting after it. It's a slice of Dgo history.

If someone posts pix of anyone riding down the horse gulch cliffs, I will be impressed.... Dec 10, 2010
Jaaron Mankins
Durango, CO
Jaaron Mankins   Durango, CO
I respect a man with a healthy choss affinity. Sep 21, 2010
Matthias Holladay
Shiprock, Navajolands
Matthias Holladay   Shiprock, Navajolands
O.K.-- It's true, I do have a thing for choss, short or long, ledgy or overhung, it doesn't matter where, I'll try it.... As far as what this place is best for -- qué será, será! Sep 15, 2010
Jaaron Mankins
Durango, CO
Jaaron Mankins   Durango, CO
I totally agree with the chosspector here, Horse Gulch used to be renowned for keggers and 4-wheelin' back in the early '90s-before the gates went up. Sep 12, 2010
Matthias Holladay
Shiprock, Navajolands
Matthias Holladay   Shiprock, Navajolands
Short with choss, but someone else please lead Sabine's Magical Mystery Tour and tell me this is a "ledgy" route. Jun 30, 2010
chosspector
San Juans, CO
chosspector   San Juans, CO
Not recommended unless you enjoy short ledgy choss. Much better for mountain biking or hobo camping. Jun 7, 2010
m-earle
USA
m-earle   USA
A hundred feet or so up the trail, at the sharp left turn, there is a roof-crack boulder problem on the left. It may be complete junk, as I have never tried it (muddy/shale landing), but it looked kinda fun.... Dec 11, 2007

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