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Buoux Montana Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 6,500'
Location: 39.90256, -105.28393 View Map  Incorrect?
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Buoux is the leftmost outcrop. Mickey Mouse is the...
    Buoux is the leftmost outcrop. Mickey Mouse is the big wall at right.

    Taken along the Plainview Road on Jefferson County Open Space park land.

    Back in 1987 the pocket climbing at Buoux, France, was the talk of the town. The climbers who found this holey paradise, located at the nether end of the Flatirons, thought it was remote like Montana with handholds like Buoux (page 29 in Richard Rossiter's 2000 edition of his Eldorado Canyon guidebook).

    By the way, the Flatirons are made of arkose sandstone, not limestone.

    There are three named crags: Big Sky Motel, Main Wall, and The Congo. Rossiter listed four routes, but several more have been completed since. Short but sweet, some of the routes get my vote as the best 5.10 pocket & hueco jug hauls in the state!!!

    Getting There 

    After careful land ownership research, I think that Buoux Montana is on public lands. However, several hundred feet of railroad land must be crossed between the "parking spot" parcel of Jeffco Open Space land and the Jeffco land west of the railroad where Buoux Montana lies. No tunnel needs to be entered. Keep a low profile like the hobos who once had many camps in this area.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Parking spots.
    Parking spots.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 2.1 miles from here

    17 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',2],['5.10',5],['5.11',6],['5.12',4],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Buoux Montana

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Buoux Montana:
    Jugs   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Main Wall
    The Windmill   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a V3+ 6A+     Sport, Boulder, 1 pitch   The Congo : Tribal Boundaries, The Sacr...
    Tribal Boundaries   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   The Congo : Tribal Boundaries, The Sacr...
    Tree Frog    5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   The Congo : Tribal Boundaries, The Sacr...
    Silverback    5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   The Congo : The Gorilla
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    Featured Route For Buoux Montana
    Rock Climbing Photo: Tree Frog.

    Tree Frog 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Colorado : Boulder : ... : Tribal Boundaries, The Sacr...
    Tree Frog is a fun route with cool, technical moves....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    By glenn.s
    Oct 1, 2016
    Finding the Main Wall is a little tedious but not too bad. Well worth the effort. Best to leave your canine friends at home as there is a lot of poison ivy. A lot.

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