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Gully of Cracks

Gully of Cracks Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,135'
Location: 39.574, -107.2221 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ken Trout on Jan 31, 2011

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5.9 finger crack left of Pseudo Cenotaph. 1976, c...


A gully with good cracks across the river and upstream from the Shoshone Power Plant. Access is limited to wading across the Colorado River during a dry Fall. Between the dam and power plant, most of the water is diverted and the riverbed is exposed. When this happens, it is possible to leave the bike path and wade over.

There are two areas worth searching out, but a lot of good climbing can also be found on good rock. Some of the better routes are marked on the beta photos with blue.

The first worthy area is the Pseudo Cenotaph Corner, about 200 feet higher than the railroad. The right-angled corner is a short but sweet 5.6 or maybe a 5.7. Well protected. Left of the corner is a tougher finger crack. Both are of higher quality than No Name's granite.

The other really worthy climb requires a bit more gully-grunting. From Cenotaph, go up the main gully past the steep and difficult gray wall that faces down canyon (looks good!). Behind the gray wall, turn left up a side gully. An excellent, overhanging, 5.10a, hand crack is found on the left. Should be an old rap anchor atop.

Getting There 

Park as close as is allowed to the bike path and Shoshone Power Plant. Then, walk up the path until the gully is spotted and wade across. In recent years, a climber tyrolean has spanned the river more than a quarter mile past the Gully of Cracks. Use the photo to recognize the gully. Also, on peakfinder, the box is centered on the Pseudo Cenotaph Corner.

Climbing Season

For the Glenwood Canyon area.

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

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