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Clear Creek Canyon Bouldering guidebook.

Clear Creek Canyon Bouldering Guide

Chris Deuto / KAYA / 2023

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Written by local developer Chris Deuto, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date Clear Creek Bouldering guide available. With over 400 problems complete with offline GPS for every climb, trail data, topos, descriptions, and more often than not, beta videos, this guide is the complete tool. Joining KAYA PRO will give you access to all other KAYA Guides, including but not limited to, Mt. Evans, Guanella Pass, Lincoln Lake, Joe's Valley, Red Rocks, Leavenworth, and Squamish.

Clear Creek Canyon, 2nd edition.

Kevin Capps is the author. Fixed Pin is the publisher.

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In 2017, a 2nd edition for the Clear Creek Canyon guidebook came out.

The 2nd Edition to the Clear Creek Canyon guidebook by Kevin Capps is now on the shelves. Find it at most gear shops or online at

Denver Climbing Guide

Tod Anderson and Thomas Hanson, Sharp End Publishing

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Sharp End Publishing has recently released a new Denver Climbing Guide that includes comprehensive coverage of Clear Creek Canyon, North Table Mountain, Coal Creek Canyon (the legal climbs), and Castlewood Canyon. It has many more routes than even the latest book.

Denver Climbing Guide.

Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbs by Darren Mabe

Sharpend Books

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clear creek guidebook

Clear Creek Canyon is one of the primary destinations for Front Range sport climbers. This comprehensive and thorough guide is long overdue given the recent surge in route development. Local activist and route developer Darren Mabe brings his love and knowledge of the canyon to this full-color work.

Check out a preview of the Primo Wall area

Price: $28.00

Clear Creek Canyon Sport Climber's Guide, 2006 Edition, by Mark Rolofson.

Clear Creek Canyon Sport Climber's Guide, 2006 Edition

Mark Rolofson, Free West Rock Guides, 2006.

The latest edition of Mark Rolofson's guide to Clear Creek Canyon is now available. It follows the same format as Rolofson's previous guide to the area, with topos and written descriptions of the routes and a few photographs. Rolofson's topos are not very artistic, but they do give a fairly accurate portrayal of the bolt lines and crux moves.

This guide contains more than 420 routes, with over 200 new sport routes never before documented in any other guide.

The book can be purchased at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder.

Clear Creek Canyon Sport Climber's Guide

by Mark Rolofson, Free West Rock Guides.

A good book for people who want to focus on sport climbing. Rolofson makes it easy to figure out where the routes are, usually. Topos and written route descriptions; a few photos.

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Colorado : Golden

Golden Rock Climbs.

Golden Rock Climbs

Mark Rolofson

"Golden Rock Climbs" published September 2010.
Includes detailed descriptions, topo drawings and many black & white photos. Also contains information to the four quarry walls on North Table Mountain ( Sea Cliffs, Crater Crag, East Quarry & South Quarry). It is also the only guidebook containing information to the sports climbs near Dude's Fishing Hole in Golden Gate State Park. It retails for $20.00 and is currently available at Front Range climbing shops including Neptune Mountaineering and R.E.I.

North Table Mountain
The Quarry Wall
Dude's Throne

North Table Mountain: Rock Climbs at the Golden Cliffs.

North Table Mountain: Rock Climbs at the Golden Cliffs

By Jason Haas and Ben Schneider, Fixed Pin Publishing, 2008

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This highly anticipated and long overdue book is Table's first color guide. Virtually every single route is photographed for easy identification and the banner across the top works like a flip book – the yellow box moves across the pages, showing where you are along the cliff line so no more walking up to the base with the confused look on your face going "ok so where are we?". Not only that, but routes are color coded for easy identification – sport routes are yellow, trad are blue, and boulder problems are green, making the book extremely user friendly. The book is fully comprehensive, including 284 routes and a smattering of boulder problems, nearly 100 of which have never been documented before, including the previously undocumented South Quarry area. The authors also climbed every single route to ensure accuracy and to normalize route grades/quality ratings.

Part of all proceeds from the book goes to the Access Fund.

Areas included:
North Table Mountain
The Quarry Wall



Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs

Dave Pegg, BJ Sbarra, Jeff Achey, and Nate Adams, Wolverine Publishing, published June 16, 2008.

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Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs
By Dave Pegg, BJ Sbarra, Jeff Achey, and Nate Adams.
228 pages. Color.

Simply put, Rifle Mountain Park is the best limestone sport climbing destination in North America. Confined to a narrow box canyon two miles long, RMP contains an unbelievable concentration of standard setting climbing. Long known for its overhanging enduro-fests, the canyon has seen a revitalization of route development, with the majority of the new routing taking place in the moderate grades of 5.11 and under.

Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs also details over 20 newly developed and never before published crags in Glenwood Canyon, the Frying Pan River Valley, the Crystal River Valley, and around Main Elk Creek near New Castle. With updates of the classic spots like the Fortress of Solitude and the Redstone Boulders, as well as details about the soon-to-be classic crags of the Narrows near Redstone, the Skillet above Basalt, and Lime Creek above Eagle, this guidebook is a must have for any Colorado rock addict.

Rifle Mountain Park and Western Colorado Rock Climbs also showcases the region's climbing with hundreds of color photographs, including stunning action shots from pro shooters like Keith Ladzinski, Celin Serbo, and Tim Kemple, as well as the photos of BJ Sbarra.

Here is a complete list of crags covered within: Rifle Mountain Park, Rifle Arch, Main Elk Crag, the Pup Tent of Solitude, the Fortress of Solitude, the Puoux, Superpuoux, the Homestead and Gray Slabs in Glenwood Canyon, East Canyon, No Name Canyon, the Neighborhood, the Grizzley Creek Wall, Fountain Buttress, the Shoshone Stones, Dead Horse Crag, Surgery Buttress, Seven Castles, the Skillet, Hagerman Pass, Lime Creek, the Narrows, Redstone Boulders, Coal Creek Crag, and the Coal Creek Boulders.

Colorado Scrambles, by Dave Cooper.

Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains

by Dave Cooper, Colorado Mountain Club Press, 2005.

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Colorado Scrambles: A Guide To 50 Select Climbs In Colorado's Mountains (Cmc Classics) (Paperback) by Dave Cooper "Scrambling encompasses the realm between off-trail hiking and technical climbing..."

Book Description
- Fully GPS enabled to identify critical locations on both the approach and the climb
- Contains many little-known but excellent routes as well as the classics
- Full-color guidebook
- The latest in the Colorado Mountain Club's series: CMC Classics

The Colorado Mountains provide endless opportunities for climbers, and now in the latest installment of the Colorado Mountain Club's Classics series, Dave Cooper has compiled this guidebook that offers complete descriptions for some of the best scrambling throughout the state of Colorado. Rather than use the height of a peak or its region, this book explores the quality of the scrambling routes. Written for the experienced mountaineer interested in not only bagging summits, but also in a challenge, rock quality, position and remarkable routes. You'll find scrambles in the San Juan Mountains, Sangre de Cristo Range, the Park Range, the Gore Range, Tenmile Range, The Mosquito Range, the Sawatch Range, the Front Range, and the Elks.

This guidebook contains detailed information on what makes the route unique, how to start the climb, access issues, crux sections and route finding tips. Extensive photographs take the scrambler along the route for clarification, and the book is fully GPS enabled to identify critical locations on both the approach and the climb. Detailed topographic maps make routes easier to locate.

The Ripper: Climbing in Colorado's Wet Mountain

by Ben Bruestle, Sharp End Publishing, 2003.

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The Wet Mountains, a hidden gem of Southern Colorado climbing, boast steep sport granite, multi-pitch adventure climbs, ice and historic sandstone bouldering. Included in this new guide are the popular sport crags of the Tanner Dome massif.

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Western Sloper--Rifle Mountain Park

by Dave Pegg, Wolverine Publishing.

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The only up-to-date guide to America's premier sport-climbing destination: Rifle Mountain Park in Western Colorado. Also covers The Fortress of Solitude—home of Flex Luthor and Kryptonite— Puoux and other sport-climbing, bouldering, and traditional climbing areas in Western Colorado.

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Colorado Bouldering, by Phillip Benningfield

Colorado Bouldering

by Phillip Benningfield, Sharp End Publishing, 1999.

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This is the Bible of bouldering in Colorado. From High Country hide-outs to the popular Front Range crags, Benningfield's meticulously researched guide details thousands of boulder problems. A must-have guide for any local or Colorado visitor.

Also available at Sharp End Books.

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Colorado Front Range Bouldering: Southern Areas, by Bob Horan.

Colorado Front Range Bouldering Volume 3: Southern Areas

by Bob Horan, Chockstone Press, 1998. ISBN: 1575400022

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The legend Bob Horan covers many areas with maps and descriptions.

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Front Range Crags

by Peter Hubbel, Chockstone Press, 1993. Out of print

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A solid guide that includes extends north to climbing in Fort Collins and south to Castlewood Canyon State Park. The pictures of the routes are all drawn, and generally reliable. While the guide is comprehensive in terms of route volume, there is no description for the routes or subjective rating.

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Rock Climbing Colorado

by Stewart M. Green, Falcon Press, 1995.

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This guide likely incorporates the most climbing areas in Colorado of any other guide. The guide also makes routes relatively easy to identify, with good pictures and descriptions. However, each area is given an overview, often leaving out a large portion of routes within a specific area.

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