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Bucky 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Espresso 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Goat Wall 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Kokopelli 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Lefty 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Poncho 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Robust 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Elevation: 800 ft
GPS: 37.19, -105.803 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Bob Robertson on Apr 19, 2014
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

All the routes so far are south-facing, but the short, overhanging north side has some potential hard climbing. Not only is the rock secluded, but there are very few people in this part of Colorado. The rock is good quality volcanic and has been compared to Hueco Tanks in Texas. Most of the more than 50 routes are bolted, two pitch, sport climbs in the 5.10 or easier range. The camping is free on BLM land, and you camp at the approach to the climbs. The nearest hotel is in Alamosa, a half hour to the north.

Getting There

Get on CO Highway 142 which runs parallel to the New Mexico/Colorado state line. This highway starts in San Luis on the east side and ends in Romeo on the west side. Once you cross the Rio Grande,driving west from San Luis the rocks come into view. Turn north between milepost 9 and 10. Drive north 1.5 miles down a somewhat high clearance dirt road. At the end of this road, walk uphill 10 minutes to the first climb.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Manassa

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Manassa Mauler
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Torn Britches
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Manassa Mauler Robust
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
Torn Britches Espresso
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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kboofis  
Seems like the cat's officially out of the bag with this and the "guidebook" that's for sale in some places. May 1, 2014
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
Awesome out there today...sunny and not much wind. Still a few tarantulas around too! Dec 7, 2014
john strand
southern colo
john strand   southern colo
Looks like some BLM info boards going up at the highway entrance. Anybody know what's up ? Feb 14, 2016
I hear that the BLM has it closed for falcons from May 15 to July 15. It's a little hot to climb there this time of year, but I was hoping to keep this area under the wire. Who knows what they will do next. Mar 17, 2016
Ben Bruestle
Pueblo, CO
Ben Bruestle   Pueblo, CO
A bit of history on the area: the (San Luis) Valley hardmen have been trad climbing and toproping here since the 1980s. They always called the nearby town Manassa and the climbing area "Rattlesnake Hill". Dave Mazel, Alan Haverfield, Mark Johnson, Brent "Shaggy" Edelen, and Jack Hunt were among the first ascensionists. Back in the day, there were only two bolted routes. One was on the obvious trad line up the middle of the formation. It had one bolt about 25 feet up. The other was Dave Mazel's terrorfest on Kokopelli. It arcs up to the right across the concave slab with 1/4" bolts spaced 20 feet apart.

This is high desert, dispersed camping, so bring your own firewood and water. Apr 21, 2017

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