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South Rim Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.44011, -107.38084 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Matt Ledges on Jan 16, 2004
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BETA PHOTO: Blue Mesa Smear from north rim.


As the name would imply, these are all located on the south rim and can be seen from the north from road 92 starting about 4.5-5 miles west of US 50 on road 92.

Note, some of the distinctions between areas changed after the some of the land became a national park.

Getting There 

See Blue Mesa area for detailed directions.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.7 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in South Rim

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for South Rim:
Curecanti Monster   WI4     Trad, Ice, 5 pitches, 1000'   
The Real Blue Creek   WI4-5     Ice, 2 pitches, 460'   
Blue Mesa Smear   WI4-5     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch   
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Featured Route For South Rim
Rock Climbing Photo: Route '268'.

268 WI4-5  Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : South Rim
This outstanding free standing pillar is a hidden jem of Colorado water ice. When it forms all the way to the ground #268 is like a little Rigid Designator but without the crowds or interstate noise. Nestled in the west side of the beautiful canyon halfway to the Morrow Point Dam on the Gunnison River (about a mile north of Newberry's Store in Cimarron, Co). Named for the old #268 narrow gauge train engine that graces the approach to the ice, this climb presents a unique...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Matt Ledges
Jan 18, 2004
On our trip here on 12/13/03 we noticed a land for sale sign along the pullout road. Not sure what this will do for access issues in the future.We nevertheless kept a low profile and didn't have any problems.