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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: Potters Clay

Potters Clay M6-  Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : South Rim
There are two lines on Potters Clay, the first one on the right side of the falls is the easiest mix ground at only M3 and 100 feet of climbing. But the main line that runs up the black rock straight up the climb is weighing in at M6 and 90 feet. There is very little pro (small nuts size 1 & 2) up this line. The upper part of the climb can treat you to a sweet pillar of vertical slush if conditions are good or a sick mixed roof with good pro if conditions are normal. There is a rappel station up...[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.

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