V-Mountain aka V Rock Climbing
Routes in V-Mountain aka V Rock
|Consolation Prize T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Definitely Certain (DC) S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|Piece Of Cake (submitted as Almost Certain (AC)) T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a|
|Rotten Crotch T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Uncertainty T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Unknown 10+ T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b|
|Unknown 5.9 T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|GPS:||37.125, -106.791 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Jaaron Mankins on Aug 4, 2008|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
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DescriptionThis is a really cool, volcanic basalt conglomerate? It can be splitter or really shattered-choose your line wisely. This is remote and extremely zen-like with lots of evidence of climbing but no climbers. The ravens seem to like the top of the cliff. Many routes exist here up to 400 feet. Don't forget your hunter's orange during hunting season partner!
Per Jesse Morehouse: this is also known as V Rock, its name on the USGS maps. The mountain it's on is V Mountain (also on USGS). This is a beautiful place for sure and has the best concentration of stone in the county. I've heard that climbers have been visiting here since the '70s and routes go up to 5.12. Water is intermittent, and the approach can take from 1-2 hours. You can see it from US 84 in the big curve South of the Buckles Lake Rd. It is a real adventure destination.
Getting ThereHead south out of Pagosa on Hwy 84. Turn left on Buckles Lake Road (FR663) and drive up to trailhead near V-Rock. Hike up trail to approximately 9800', leave trail on right, and traverse down and left to cliff. It is a one hour approach.
Per Jesse Morehouse:
1. Common in & out:
-Follow V Rock trail uphill for about 30 minutes until you reach 0340435 4111329.
-Break off the trail to your right and you will find yourself in a long narrow meadow. Follow the game trail to the back where it disappears into trees at 0340368 4111078.
-Follow the trail into trees and through another clearing of so to the end of a clearing at 0340399 4110645.
2. The "contour" approach - you arrive further up the talus but have to bushwhack a touch.
-From the end of #1 above, head left/East to 0340463 4110616.
-Contour with a slight drop in elevation to 034063 4110447.
-Follow the clear cut left towards the rock and work your way down and over to where the trees give way to the boulderfield.
The contour approach continues to get upgrades. Slowly but surely it's becoming more obvious with cairns and such.
3. The "meadow" approach, possibly less bushwhacking, ends in a nice camping meadow with what appears to be a year round small stream, but it is further down the boulderfield so more slogging to the climbs.
-From the end of #1 above, follow the game trail down through the end of the clearing. It looks like it's full of downed trees, don't panic. Instead, follow game trails towards 0340367 4110554, then 0340323 4110464, and finally the meadow at 0340338 4110267. There are good to faint game trails the whole way more or less.
-From the meadow, head East through a little draw with a small stream just before it to the boulderfield.
Per mat degraaf: for all the brothers and sisters that don't own or use a GPS, drive Buckles Lake Road to its terminus. Hike up the V Rock trail for approximately 30 minutes until the thigh-burning steeps plane off at a beautiful meadow. Perhaps 50 yards into the meadow, there is an obvious clearing on a small, grassy hill on your right. Leave the main trail, and walk up this knoll and straight into the long and narrow meadow behind it. Stay in this meadow until it ends then bear left (south-ish). Continue on this bearing until you see the talus.
The approach is pretty simple and straightforward. The worse thing you could do is go too far downhill which will spit you out at the very bottom of the steep talus field.
Classic Climbing Routes at V-Mountain aka V Rock
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