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The Bastille - W Face

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Blind Faith T 
Breakfast in Bed T 
Bridge-it Bardot (aka Hat Trick) T 
Chance of Rain T,TR 
Cream T 
Early Riser, The T 
Hair City T 
Implied Consent T,TR 
Let Them Eat Cake T 
Neon Lights T 
New Chautauqua T 
Out to Lunge T 
Out to Lunge ... with Dessert T 
Rain T 
Serengeti Spaghetti T 
Stem Gem T 
Sunset Boulevard S 
Sunshine Daydream T 
Voodoo T 
West Arete T 
West Buttress T 
West Face T 
West Side aka West Chimney T 
Your Mother S 

The Bastille - W Face Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 5,500'
Location: 39.9304, -105.283 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    The Bastille is a cornerstone of climbing in Eldorado Canyon State Park. According to P. Ament in High Over Boulder this was once called Chimney Rock and may have been named The Bastille by Stan Shepard in 1957. This is the section for the W Face. There is probably little for the lower end difficulty climber nor the high end climber here. The section of the crag provides a wonderful afternoon exposure for the cooler months. Topping out provides a wonderous view of this spirit-elevating canyon.

    The legendary, Jim Erickson, elevated himself to the challenge of an onsight, solo, first ascent of Blind Faith on the W face. Today, this remains a crag that holds a special place in the hearts of climbers who have progressed to climb some of the great walls and peaks of the world.

    This crag has been a proving grounds for some of Colorado's finest including: Layton Kor, Larry Dalke, Pat Ament, Bob Culp, Stan Shepard, Jim Erickson, Art Higbee, Duncan Ferguson, Kevin Donald, Rob Candelaria, Roger Briggs, David Breashears, Derek Hersey, Ed Webster, Colin Lantz, Chris Archer, among others.

    Some of the better routes here include: West Chimney, 5.7; Hair City, 5.9 s; West Buttress, 5.9++; Blind Faith, 5.10a; Rain, 5.10d s; Northwest Corner (see N Face), 5.11a s; Sunset Boulevard, 5.11b/c; & Your Mother, 5.12d.

    Note, there is significant amounts of loose rock & flexing flakes on this face.

    Descents off the top traverse along an exposed-at-times break/ramp near the top to the N side of the rock and gain a 3rd class ramp down to the Fowler Trail. From here, descend the West Face hiking trail (3rd class near the bottom) back down to the base. A few of the routes have rappel descents, but they are the minority.

    Come and climb here, but realize that many share your passion for the experiences found on this stone.

    Getting There 

    Once you enter Eldorado Canyon State Park, you will hopefully find parking within 200 yards in one of two areas. Park. Walk up the road to the obvious bridge across South Boulder Creek. Look up and left. This is The Bastille. The west face is accessed off a 3rd class trail just around the corner and up the steep slope. Be careful in wet conditions, with little ones and, please, no dogs here.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 0.2 miles from here

    24 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',4],['5.9',4],['5.10',8],['5.11',5],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in The Bastille - W Face

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Bastille - W Face:
    West Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 130'   
    Breakfast in Bed   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   
    Out to Lunge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 2 pitches   
    Hair City   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 310'   
    Blind Faith   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
    West Buttress   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   
    Rain   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad   
    West Face   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 270'   
    Neon Lights   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches   
    Sunset Boulevard   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   
    Stem Gem   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch   
    Your Mother   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   
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    Featured Route For The Bastille - W Face
    Rock Climbing Photo: Firing the Crux

    Your Mother 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  Colorado : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : The Bastille - W Face
    Your Mother climbs the painfully obvious overhang that juts above the descent ramp on the west side of the Bastille. Access the route either via the steep climber's trail along the west face of the Bastille or walk a flat half mile along the Fowler Trail from the Rattlesnake Gulch parking lot.This route, which climbs well-chalked underclings out the big purple overhang left of Neon Lights, often has in situ draws, facilitating the heinous last clip. Six bolts take you to double-bolt anchors. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

    Photos of The Bastille - W Face Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers starting the exit pitch on the West Face ...
    Climbers starting the exit pitch on the West Face ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on top of the Bastille.  July 3, 2010.
    Climbers on top of the Bastille. July 3, 2010.
    Rock Climbing Photo: West routes
    BETA PHOTO: West routes
    Rock Climbing Photo: Relaxing on the trail
    Relaxing on the trail
    Rock Climbing Photo: The north and west faces of the Bastille.  5. Werk...
    BETA PHOTO: The north and west faces of the Bastille. 5. Werk...
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