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.54 Chunk 'o Lead T 
30,000 Casualties T,S 
Abracadabra T 
Amp Left S 
Amp Right S 
Bull Run S 
Chickamauga S 
Clippers and Saws T 
Flee S 
Ghost Rider T 
Gimp Verde T,S 
Hanging Judge S 
Harper's Ferry T,S 
Kennesaw Mountain S 
Landscape Architect S 
March To The Sea S 
Merrimac, The S 
Midlife Crisis T,S 
Nathan Forrest T 
Pendejo S 
Penny Lane S 
Rebel Yell S 
Rightist S 
Tanner Classic S 
Two Fine People S 
Unknown S 
Vicksburg S 
Zing S 
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Tanner Dome Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.30838, -105.26009 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Bob Robertson on Jun 18, 2004  with updates from John Acker


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  • Description 

    As impressive in appearance and rock quality as anything in the South Platte, with almost the warmth of Shelf Road. Climbing on this rock for the most part didn't start until 2002. Tanner contains the most routes on Oak Creek Grade Road. Most routes are one too three pitch bolted sport routes, with only one super trad. Route. As most routes are long, a 60meter rope is recommended. The routes vary from being over bolted to a little sporty, depending on who bolted the line. Routes range from 5.7 to 5.11, however the potential for harder routes exists. In winter high winds in the parking lot can be misleading, as most routes are sheltered and pleasant in winter.

    Getting There 

    Take Fremont County 143 or as it's called, Oak Creek Grade Road, south of Canyon City, to mile marker 11. Park hear, and take trail 1333. After 1/8 miles take the side trail on the right. This trail heads north and will take you to the rocks on the right of Tanner rock, and then east to Tanner Rock. At lest a twenty minute walk from the car.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 8.6 miles from here

    28 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Tanner Dome

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tanner Dome:
    Flee   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
    Zing   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
    Tanner Classic   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   
    Amp Right   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches   
    Amp Left   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
    Landscape Architect   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
    Rightist   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
    The Merrimac   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
    30,000 Casualties   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
    Clippers and Saws   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
    Pendejo   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 330'   
    Chickamauga   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
    Vicksburg   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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    Featured Route For Tanner Dome
    Rock Climbing Photo: A real beauty!

    Clippers and Saws 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  Colorado : The Wet Mountains : ... : Tanner Dome
    The route begins by scrambling up to the 1st of two wide pods. You can walk a 3.5 cam to protect the first pod. Exit the first pod going over a small bulge with a finger crack. Continue up past the 2nd small pod into the 30’ splitter finger crack. Perfect ring locks and lay-backing off the lichen covered wall will get you near the top of the crack where you can grab a solid jug. Another 20’ of easy face climbing will get you to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

    Photos of Tanner Dome Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: From left to right this labels: 1. Pendejo (5.11a)...
    BETA PHOTO: From left to right this labels: 1. Pendejo (5.11a)...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Tanner Dome from the Little Bear parking area.
    Tanner Dome from the Little Bear parking area.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Park at the parking area for East Bear trailhead a...
    BETA PHOTO: Park at the parking area for East Bear trailhead a...
    Rock Climbing Photo: The approach is the ideal warmup, great place!
    The approach is the ideal warmup, great place!
    Rock Climbing Photo: Great Big Wall is about 200 yards to the right of ...
    BETA PHOTO: Great Big Wall is about 200 yards to the right of ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Tanner Dome moderate routes: 1) Rightist, 5.9+. 2)...
    BETA PHOTO: Tanner Dome moderate routes: 1) Rightist, 5.9+. 2)...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Dan and Dondo cragging just off of Oak Creek Grade...
    Dan and Dondo cragging just off of Oak Creek Grade...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Tanner Dome.
    Tanner Dome.

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    By Anonymous Coward
    Sep 16, 2005
    Tanner Dome is closed to climbing every spring until August 1.
    By lbishop
    From: Durango, CO
    Mar 9, 2008
    More specifically, April 1 - August 1.
    By Jason Young
    From: Los Alamos, NM
    Apr 1, 2013
    Does the raptor closure here include all routes on Tanner Dome, or just a select few?
    By Nelson Lunsford
    Apr 8, 2013
    My understanding is that everything right of the FS trail is off limits from April 1st to August 1st.
    By b hof
    From: Pueblo West, CO
    Jun 10, 2013
    I talked to the FS LEO, and any climbing within 3/4 of a mile from the West Bear Gulch trail is closed to the birds.
    By Jason Young
    From: Los Alamos, NM
    Dec 2, 2013
    My wife and I climbed here last Friday. It was pretty windy, but we were still very comfortable in the sun with no clouds and wearing t-shirts. The hike up was snowy and cool in the shade and warm in the sun. The hike was a bit long (for Sportos), and route finding was a little tricky (looking back I don't why), but it was worth it. The stone here is VERY good! It's well-featured, well-bolted, and solid.

    All told, it was a fun little adventure (for the likes of us anyway), and a pleasant surprise to climb on quality granite on a Winter's day. I'd recommend it for a nice, moderate outing.

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