Anyone of you have any suggestions of good locations for anchor building practice for beginners? The requirements would be: 1) lots of gear placement possibilities (preferably nuts), 2) not interfering with popular climbing routes nearby (so Positively 4th St in Eldo won't work), 3) close to ground, 4) approach of less than 15min.
It's been a long time since I've been there, but I believe Lookout Mtn Crag would fit the bill. You should be able to make anchors from the base of the climbs (actually, the climbs are short and fun and worth climbing anyways if you're already there!)
2) not interfering with popular climbing routes nearby (so Positively 4th St in Eldo won't work),
There is a lot of unused space in Eldo. How about back of Red Garden or E Face of Whale's tale? What about all the various rock out-croppings around the ranger station? Supremacy Rock, Quartzite ridge.
Castle Rock in BoCan, too far to drive? You can park at the base. You won't bother anyone on the north side.
Rick Blair From Denver Joined Oct 16, 2007 377 points