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Routes in The Graveyard

Afterlife S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Back From the Dead S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
City of the Dead S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Dia de Los Muertos S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Ernest Stemmingway S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Grave Digger S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Hellbender S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Reaper, The S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Reincarnation S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Six Feet Under S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Spinal Tap S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Tomb Raider S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Ugoogoly S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Undertaker, The S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Walking Dead, The S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
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With direct southern exposure, this makes for an excellent winter crag with some quality routes and already has become very popular. This crag offers a few 10s, 11s, and a fine selection of 12s. The lack of highway noise also makes this crag a worthwhile visit. Most of the routes were established between 2015-2017 and still have plenty of loose rock and lichen. A helmet is suggested even for belaying.


A. Six Feet Under, 9+, 1p, 80', bolts.
B. Tomb Raider, 12-, 1p, 50', bolts.
C.The Reaper, 10+, 1p, 75', bolts.
D. Reincarnation, 10, 1p, 75', bolts.
E. Afterlife, 10-, 1p, 75', bolts.
F. Ugoogoly, 10, 1p, 85', bolts.
G1, The Walking Dead, 12, 1p, 40', bolts.
G2. Back From the Dead, 12, 1p, 40', bolts.
H. City of the Dead, 12-, 1p, 85', bolts.
I. Ernest Stemmingway, 11-, 1p, 80', bolts.
J. Grave Digger, 12, 1p, 65', bolts.
K1. Dia de Los Muertos , 12-, 1p, 60', bolts.
K2. Hellbender, 12, 1p, 65', bolts.
L. Spinal Tap, 11+, 1p, 65', bolts.
M. The Undertaker, 10-, 2p, 130', bolts.

Getting There

From the Catslab parking area, hike east (downriver) on the Peaks to Plains Trail. Follow the trail for about 0.5 mile as the trail makes a large U turn and starts heading back west. Keep your eyes open for a trail on the right side of the bike path leading up to the base of the crag. Expect a 10-15 minute approach.

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Nick Schlichtman
Golden, CO
Nick Schlichtman   Golden, CO
Visited this area for the first time this weekend. From what I can tell, it's likely this will become a popular area due to a nice selection of quality climbs.

The approach trail that seems to be used the most will deteriorate and erode quickly. Another 30 or 40 ft further is a much more gentle slope on stable, rocky terrain that will be much more sustainable.

Wanting to just start a conversation and see what would be the best way to facilitate a change of trail. Jan 21, 2018
Kevin Capps
Golden, CO
Kevin Capps   Golden, CO
Nick, I thought the same thing. It would be much more sustainable coming in from the left with the lower angle, and there are much bigger rocks over there as well. Jan 21, 2018
Brandon Ribblett
Breckenridge, CO
Brandon Ribblett   Breckenridge, CO
Anyone have an idea what the route is to the right of Dia and to the left of Spinal Tap? Can't seem to find it here. The crux is a fairly large move to a sloping flat edge, around 12a/b? Hellbender? Mar 12, 2018

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