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The Gemstones Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: Brian Milhaupt on Apr 9, 2007
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Description 

These are a pair of crags located at the far north end of the Top of the World area. Just Say No, Group Therapy, If 6 was 9 are some quality routes here.

Getting There 

Approach as for Chair Rocks & Spoof Rock. From the fence line, continue down the road, bear left a short way past (left) of Chair Rocks. Follow the trail down toward Spoof Rock, but bear right at the first fork. Continue north to The Gemstones.

"Both Gemstones are probably the furthest things to hike to in the area. It would be much quicker to hike here from the CS parking, but I very seriously doubt you could get there without crossing private property."

Climbing Season

For the Buffalo Creek area.

Weather station 3.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['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]


Featured Route For The Gemstones

Just Say No 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Colorado : South Platte : ... : Lower Gemstone
Just Say No climbs the north face of the Lower Gemstone. Hike downhill from the Upper Gemstone and look for a northfacing wall with a vertical crack trisected by two horizontal cracks that run the length of the face. Climb perfect splitter hands up to the second horizontal. Now grovel left with no feet to the wide crack and continue to the big ledge. We walked off from here (mistake), the topo shows 5.8 to the top. There is a pretty tenacious plant at the end of the traverse that kept me fro...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By CLChaney
Feb 20, 2009
The only private property in the immediate vicinity of Raleigh Peak is just west around the quarries (Luster Lane) and then a small lot NE and downhill from Chair Rocks. Most of the property is still gov't owned. The road is all on US property, so if you stick to it you should be ok. I work for JeffCo and have access to property info.

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