Elevation: 7,000 ft
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Shared By: Fleetwood Matt on Sep 30, 2011
Admins: Edward Medina, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Colby's Corner is a small, 40' tall, loose and sandy spot affectionately referred to as the 'Schwag Crag'. It's not proud, but it's local. That said, the view can't be beat, and the little bit of climbing is actually worthwhile. CC faces south-southeast, so it can be climbable when most of Ouray County's crags are cold and snowy. I think the rock is maybe the Burro Canyon formation?? There is a mix of moderate sandy trad routes (sew it up!) and more difficult bolted lines. This place was discovered by Ridgway legend George Gardner. It's been a great spot for the Ridgway School Outdoor Ed and climbing team program. George's pupils have built some pretty interesting memorial cairns at the base of the cliff.

It's possible to top-rope all of the routes. The top can be accessed via a 5.5 dirty gully with a fixed rope at the climber's left end of the crag. See the crag topo for a brief description of all routes on the wall. There are a few scattered sandy boulders down the gully below the climber's right end of the crag, but I didn't get too inspired....

Colby's Corner gets its name from the Colby's Corner Ranch with the bright red barns just below the crag on the creek. Danine serves up some good food at the restaurant by the same name in town, so stop by after craggin' and grab a burger. If you're real hungry, get the Motherlode!

Getting There

From Ridgway, go north on County Road 5 past the high school. Turn left on C.R. 24 when 5 ends. Immediately cross Dallas Creek bridge and park in the dirt pullout on the right. This is the only spot where the land is Open Space. There are private ranches on both sides. Follow the faint trail up (north), cross the irrigation ditch, and pass the old rusty car in a meadow. Continue up and left past switchbacks and cairns to the base of the crag at the George Gardner memorials. Please stay on the trail! Note that this trail can get VERY muddy during spring snow melt or after a big rain. Most routes are to the right. The fixed rope is to the left 200'.

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Jay Berino
Denver, CO
Jay Berino   Denver, CO
I used to live about a half mile form this wall (only made it to the wall a small handfull of times however, sad day). I heard the old elementary school used to climb here and I believe an old P.E. teacher or some one along those lines put up the first couple of routs (what I heard, may not be accurate). There are way more then two sports routs, I would ball park it at around a dozen sports routes as you move west along the wall from where the trail takes you (bolts al over the place). Good spread of difficulty, I'd guess a spread from 5.9 ish to 5.12 c ish. Fun spot for locals, I wouldn't consider it much of a destination wall. Jul 12, 2012
You're right, George G used to bring the outdoor ed and phys.ed. classes out here. All of the wild rock cairns are in his honor. Unfortunately the admin has slashed most of the program citing budget cuts. Tell the school board members to get our youths back out here pulling down! There are now about two dozen lines now, maybe 1000 sandy feet of climbing total. Jul 13, 2012