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Routes in Bristlecone Castle

Golden Arete S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Golden Shower, The T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Green Dragon S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Guillotine T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Iron Maiden S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Keyhole Cousins T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Path of Least Resistance T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Red Dragon S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Short Stack S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Tech Savvy S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Unnamed T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Unnamed 2 TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Elevation: 9,364 ft
GPS: 40.649, -105.852 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ben Scott on Jun 11, 2015
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

This crag lies in the high-country of Northern Colorado. It is a very scenic hang with a nice collection of sport/mixed routes. This "crag" is not for the faint of heart and requires an adventurous spirit!

Getting There

DRIVING DIRECTIONS from TED's PLACE: it is approximately 55 miles, 1.5 hours drive time.

From Ted's Place, head West on CR 14 for 51 miles. Turn North on Laramie River Rd/Co Rd 103 for 4 miles. Park at the obvious gated fork at the North End of a meadow. Walk down this fork to its end (1/2 mile or less), and look uphill. The cliff is visible from the right angle at this old camping area that has been recently closed.

HIKING DIRECTIONS: it takes approximately 45-60 minutes.

From the old camping area, head west and cross the Laramie River/Creek. From
here, the forest becomes very dense and covered with deadfall. You need to try and locate a very subtle gully leading uphill and east. If you can't find this gully, then just pick the path of least resistance and start heading up the steep hillside. After about 30-40 minutes of steep slogging, you should be able to make out the top of the Bristlecone Castle. Don't traverse directly to it continue moving uphill, but lean right towards the tower.

We usually have dogs with us and this makes the talus field at the base virtually impassible. So, we have always continued up and around the East flank of the tower, eventually finding a notch and moving back around to the North to the base of the climbs. If you don't have dogs or a reason to avoid going through the talus, then don't. It will save you 15 minutes to walk through the talus instead of going up and around the back of the cliff.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bristlecone Castle

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5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
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Iron Maiden
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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Guillotine
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Iron Maiden
 4
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Guillotine
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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