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Going to Co Springs Oct 5-9th

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jasonhillva · · VA · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0

hey all, landing in Co Springs Oct 5th through the 9th with me and my 19yr old. Will be climbing at Garden of the Gods and red rock. Hired FRCC for Day 1 and going to climb by ourselves the rest of the week. Anyone down to hang let me know.

Daniel H. Bryant · · Colorado Springs, CO · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 275


Springs can be overwhelming with the amount of climbing, but the quality is questionable. GoG = sandstone scarefest, RRCOS = polished routes, NorthCheyenneCanyon = mostly decomposing granite.

About 45 minutes west on 24 is Elevenmile Canyon, the quality of the rock and the climbs there are hard to beat. There really isn't an approach, the majority of climbs are on the side of the road.

B-Mkll Mackall · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 1,641

Or head to Shelf Road, about an hour south towards Canon City. 700+ single-pitch sport routes on solid limestone/dolomite

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

Agreed you definitely have to check out elevenmile! Its about a 45min to an hour drive west on 24 out of the springs. You can get elevenmiles to freedom at Mt. Chalet on Tejon downtown.

Shelf is also cool, however it can be confusing your 1st time and the guidebook is out of print. However there is a route every 6 inches so you could always eye it and guess!

Shane Neal · · Colorado Springs, CO. · Joined Mar 2002 · Points: 265

Formwr FRCC guide and 24yr local climber. Just climb local if Springs is yourbdestination. Dont listen to the spray, they is a ton of epic climbing.

GOG is awesome. If sandstone acates from grit, you probably came out if the gym to soon. Several wpic and moderate climbs. Fun and amazing one of a kind area.

Cheyenne Canyon has a bunch of awesome climbs, again, more spray than experience. PM me and Ill.fill you in.

Trd Rocks is hreat for wasy acces. Again awesome Sandstone experience. Yeah. Some see traffic but nothing is over polished.

There is amazing climbing within 1hr in every direction but east as well, thatnis true. Whatever adventure you will find it here.

Climb hard. Climb safe.

jasonhillva · · VA · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0

Thanks all for the advice. We climbed GoG with an FRCC guide last year when we first started climbing. We didnt' know any better but we loved it. Living in the DC area we don't have much to climb within an hour so GoG or RRC or Cheyenne will be a step up compared to home.

Climb Soft Spray Hard · · Colorado Springs · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 103

Check out the east face of Kindergarten Rock in GoG if you want to get away from the gawkers and find more solid rock. The protection is mostly pretty good up there, too, which is what sketches me out about the garden -- no way I'm pushing the grade if I get to look forward to falling on a rusted bolt or piton that's decades older than I am :)

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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