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BETA PHOTO: Left side of Devil's Slide.


This is a great [granite] dome that extends right from the roadside. The [quality] of the rock is good other than some weak flakes. There are many great slabs, but without trad gear to get above them and set an anchor they would be impossible to do safely. There are plenty of first [ascent] possibilities, for someone who is experienced at placing bolts. The rock offers finger, hand and fist cracks, spaced between sections of slab and face. This is a great spot for winter as it is in the sun throughout the day, but you may experience some snow and water near the top.

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Get onto Old [Stage Road] behind the [Broadmoor]. Drive several miles until you come to a parking area facing directly east-overlooking Colorado Springs. Some boulders and a 7-foot high, narrow spire can distinguish the parking area. Do not park here, but once you see it drive another quarter mile or so until you come up to a large granite dome on the right side of your car. There is a pull off that can hold 2 cars. Park here and you can belay right from the road side.

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Weather station 6.4 miles from here

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['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling into the upper crack of Lightning Bolt Cra...

Lightning Bolt Cracks 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : Colorado Springs : ... : Devil's Slide
This short but fun crack ascends the right-most portion of the upper cliff above Devil's Slide. It is mostly a hand crack with a fun section where you transfer from one crack to another. The start looks runout to get to the base of the crack, but good pro can be found behind a flake at the base of the route. If you are looking for an easily approachable climb on Old Stage, hit this up! You can see it from the road. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: The 5.6 crack starting at the road.
The 5.6 crack starting at the road.
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting close to Devil's Slide. This is the first ...
Getting close to Devil's Slide. This is the first ...

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By Team Coven
Mar 19, 2005
That dome you're talking about is actually referred to as the "Devil's Slide." Pretty much every feature on it has been climbed. The obvious crack/seam on the right goes at about 5.6....bring replacement webbing. The central slab is a worthy TR. While there, check out the gorgeous splitter above the slab. Felt every bit of 5.10, but is rated old school Springs .9. All and all, a nice area that usually goes in the winter.
By Stewart M. Green
Apr 7, 2005
This is called Devil's Slide. Lots of routes have been climbed on it...both leads and top-ropes...since the 1960s. I climbed several routes with Steve Cheyney back in the early 1970s here and later did some that had old 1/4" bolts on them. The small cliff above it also has a handful of trad routes on it.
By BWpete
Apr 6, 2006
Despite other posts about the other lines on this rock, I have seen only one piton (placed by Harvey) the rest of the rock is still virgin to drills and bolts, at least as far as I have been able to tell on my several visits. The steep formation above the dome is filled with cracks some finger, some much larger as for that area, I have not explored, but the rock looks solid. If you are looking for a bolted line don't come to The Slide.
By Stewart M. Green
Apr 22, 2006
I was up there the other week. The old 1/4" bolts on the lower slab are now gone. As far as the formation above the slabs, all of those cracks have been climbed. This area was the site of the Colorado Mountain Club's annual rock climbing school from 1967 through the early 1970s. A good climb is an obvious zigzag crack on the right side of the upper was always called Lightning Bolt Crack.
By Rich F.
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 30, 2010
LOCATION: Driving up from behind the Broadmoor, the dome is about 8.5 miles from where Old Stage Road road changes from pavement to dirt. The dirt road is in maintained in excellent condition.
By Chris Dickson
From: Telluride, Colorado
Aug 28, 2011
Just climbed the finger/hand crack above the Slide today. Super fun, and definitely the most splitter line on the whole cliff. I believe this is the "Lightning Bolt Crack" that Stewart Green refers to above. I'd rate it 5.9-, as far Old Stage ratings go, but it's a quality route. The fixed pin is good, and although the start looks runout, good pro can be found behind the large flake below the crack. I threw some new webbing up there for the rap, so go check it out everybody!

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