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Cenotaph Crag

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5.9 Crack Right of 5.8 Crack T 
Apparition T,S,TR 
Ethereal T,TR 
Five Eight Crack T 
Flaked Out T 
Going Down In it T 
Phaedra T,TR 
Phantasm T,S,TR 
Right to Life TR 
Stairway to Purgatory T 
Up Above It T 

Cenotaph Crag Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 39.9778, -105.4601 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Michael Komarnitsky on Apr 14, 2002
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Cenotaph Crag is a neat, little crag that sees little traffic, probably in part because it's so damn hard to find. Most of the routes are short (~35 feet) the rock could be cleaned more, and it's probably best to toprope than risk trying to find sparse gear opportunities. (How about that for a stirring introduction??).

This blocky, downward sloping rock has a sharp arete with a massive dihedral as its defining shape. Toprope access and descent are via a chimney on the north end of the west face.

Bring some long slings and have fun!


A. Going Down In it?, 9+ X, 1p, 40', min gear.
B. Ethereal, 9, 1p, 35', gear.
C. Apparition, 11-, 1p, 35', bolts & gear.
D. Phantasm, 11, 1p, 35', bolts.
E. Right To Life, 10-, 1p, 35', gear.
F. Phaedra, 11 R, 1p, 35', gear.
G. Euphoria?, 11 R, 1p, 35', gear.
H. Up Above It?, 10+, 1p, 35', gear.
I. Five Eight Crack, 8, 1p, 30', gear.
J. 5.9 Crack Right of 5.8 Crack, 9, 1p, 40', gear.
K. Flaked Out, 9 PG-13, 1p, 50', gear.
L. Stairway to Purgatory, 7, 1p, 40', gear.

Getting There 

It is basically impossible to see driving east. 11.5 miles up the canyon and about 3/10ths of a mile past Castle Rock, you'll see a no parking sign for a parking area on the right side, with another no parking sign for the left side 50 yards further (facing west). Pass this, and then find a place to turn around - you've missed it. Best place to park is on the south side of the road 100 yards west of the second no parking sign. It lies on the north side of the road (it will be obvious to see once you're driving east), with about a 5 minute hike up a non-existent trail.

Climbing Season

For the Boulder Canyon area.

Weather station 2.1 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

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Ethereal 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : Cenotaph Crag
This is a brief line just right of a blackish section & left of a few bolts on Apparition & Phantasm. It's probably worth doing if you are at the crag. It feels somewhat strenuous for its brief length. There is a bolt anchor to the right or trees a ways back....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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