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The Punchbowl

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L to R R to L Alpha
Bam S 
Corporate Greed S 
Drive By Shooting S 
Gray Block Left (submitted as Blue Route 2) S 
Gray Block Right (submitted as Blue Route 1) S 
Let The Honeymoon Begin S 
Lugie Head S 
Momentary Lack of Resin S 
Mouse S 
Mouse Almighty S 
Punchbown Arch (Right Arch of Cave) S 
Smoke on the Water S 
Snipe Hunter S 
Sunrise Shuffle S 
Super Barnacle S 
Turds in the Punchbowl S 

The Punchbowl Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,200'
Location: 39.4058, -106.6547 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Nate Adams on Aug 22, 2006  with updates from Todd Moy

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Chris Deulen running it out between bolts 8 and 9 ...


The cave occasionally has a waterfall that fills up the bowl at the base, hence the name.

There are now more than 10 routes at the cave and to the right, from 5.9 to 5.hard.
Left of the cave, in the trees, are some 10/11s, and some harder routes further left (perhaps a dozen or so routes). Not much is known about these lines yet, except that Luke Laeser and Co. put in a handful, and the rock looks really good, for the most part.

There are a handful of quality lines here. Right of the Punchbowl are a number of routes. Corporate Greed is a short, fun 5.9, ****. I've heard tell Spiked Punch (12c, ****) is a classic, I think Drive by Shooting (11d/12a, ****) is definitely a worthy route. Turds in the Punchbowl (12a, **) is worth getting on for the stiff crux up high. Several (relatively) new routes can be found by following the trail around the corner to the right of Turds.

Smoke on the Water (11c, ****) starts on the left side of the cave and is super fun, with a finish that arcs right over the top of the cave.

There are a two bolted lines on the right arch of the cave that look really hard. According to the 2008 Guidebook from Wolverine Publishing, these are 13c & 13d.

Getting There 

At the end of the east access road, there is a trail that takes you directly to the Punchbowl, with a quick approach. This is the obvious cave.



A. Smoke on the Water, 11, 1p, 40', bolts.
B. Super Barnacle, 12-, 1p, 60', bolts.
C. Punchbown Arch (Right Arch of Cave), 13+? PG-13?, 1p, 90', bolts.
D. Unknown, 13+?, 1p, bolts
E. Momentary Lack of Resin?, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
F. Spiked Punch, 12, 1p.
G. Lugie Head, 12, 1p, 60', bolts.
H. Corporate Greed, 9-, 1p, 35', bolts.
I. Snipe Hunter, 12c?, 1p, bolts.
J. Drive by Shooting, 11+, 1p, bolts.
K. Turds in the Punchbowl, 12-, 1p, 70', bolts.
L. Gray Block Left (submitted as Blue Route 2), 11+, 1p, 30', bolts.
M. Gray Block Right (submitted as Blue Route 1), 11, 1p, 30', bolts.
N. Bam, 10, 1p, 30', bolts.
O. Let The Honeymoon Begin, 10, 1p, 65', bolts.
P. Sunrise Shuffle, 7, 1p, 75', bolts.
Q. Mouse, 8, 1p, 45', bolts.
above Q. Mouse Almighty, 11-, 1p, 45', bolts.
R. Imperfunction, 11-, 1p, 100', bolts.
S. Spider Evictor, 11-, 1p, 80', bolts.

More routes to the right.

Editorial note: there appears to be only 2 "vertical" routes between the cave & "Corporate Greed;, though this lists 3. I am not sure what the deal is with that.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Punchbowl

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Punchbowl:
Corporate Greed   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Let The Honeymoon Begin   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Smoke on the Water   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Momentary Lack of Resin   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Snipe Hunter   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Punchbown Arch (Right Arch of Cave)   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Punchbown Arch (Right Arch of Cave) 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c PG13  Colorado : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : ... : The Punchbowl
This would probably fall under #3 for the Punchbowl area. Probably one of the best sport climbs in the universe. Crux is linking the moves on the roof and holding it together enough to pull around onto the face for more great technical climbing. I'm surprised this hasn't been sent yet, and the line is beautiful and inspiring in the midst of such an enchanted setting. Very intimidating as well. It may be harder than 13......[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By chris deulen
From: Castle Rock
Sep 3, 2007
I was wondering who bolted the unnamed (I assume) projects, if anyone knows. There is a line a few yards to the right of Super Barnacle that climbs out the left side of the cave to the face above it.
Also, I got on the unnamed #3 route. It was absolutely amazing. Maybe the best climb I've ever been on, albeit incredible dirty with loose rock the entire way up. It needs to see a great deal more traffic before it will be worthy of judging an accurate grade, since it could get easier or harder. However, things being as they were, I felt like the climb weighed in around 5.13c. I did hang nearly every bolt, though I pulled every move.
By David Speyrer
Sep 13, 2010
It's fascinating to see old climbs rediscovered like this.

I checked out Lime Creek sometime in the late 1990s with Dan Howley (now of the Spot Gym) and those 13s in the cave were already bolted and presumably climbed. As I recall, Pete Zoller was supposed to have established those lines. You might ask him or people who know him what the names are.

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