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5.11d R S 
Body Crack T 
Climbers Just Want To Have Fun! T 
Corn Flakes S 
Crack 5.7 T 
Despondent S 
Jim Dandy T,S 
Spread 'Em T 
Unknown (Center SW face) S 
Unknown (Far Left) T 
Unknown (Left SW Face) S 
Upper Section T 
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Pump Station Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Lee Jenkins on Apr 20, 2007


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This is granite/quartzite. This is a roadside crag with a dozen or so routes up to 2 pitches (~120'). There are sport, trad, mixed, and TR possibilities.

Getting There 

This is just below/west of the Oterro Pumphouse. It has a 30 second approach. It is ~10 minute drive north of Buena Vista on CR-371 next to the Arkansas River.

Climbing Season

For the Buena Vista area.

Weather station 0.4 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pump Station

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pump Station:
Climbers Just Want To Have Fun!   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   
Corn Flakes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For Pump Station
Rock Climbing Photo: Left side trad route on Pump Station.

Unknown (Far Left) 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Colorado : Buena Vista : Pump Station
Start on a finger crack on climber's left of Pumpstation, climb the crack, passing a bolt up top to a set of eyebolts (5.7-8). Belay here, or continue up the obvious dihedral to a set of rap anchors up top (5.9).This route is a good moderate trad route for the area, with good protection at the crux, and decent exposure.*Use extreme caution if lowering from the top with a sixty meter rope.*...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Rob Dillon
May 10, 2007
Supposedly closed to climbing for archeological reasons. Anyone know anything about this? I think it's for commercial parties only, go figure.
By Lee Jenkins
From: Buena Vista, Colorado
Jun 2, 2007
1st I've heard of a "closure"? Several Valley guides take clients there pretty often, so maybe we can check with them?
By starr
Jun 10, 2007
Hi Rob,
Hope all is well and you're having a great spring/summer.
The routes that are closed, but not posted, are the south-facing (2 5.7s , 5.9 and 5.6 routes). I'd love to give you more info on this site. Call the BLM 719-539-7289.
By Kalem
May 10, 2010
Here's a map showing the closed areas.
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By Steven Reneau
Jul 24, 2011
As of today, these routes are posted as closed (BLM sign at the base of the crag).
By Ronin
From: Smoke Hole Canyon
Feb 20, 2015
As of today, still selling the guidebook and BLM map for Buena Vista/Salida at The Trailhead, with no mention of closures.

Thanks for the great customer service!

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