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Location: 38.85063, -106.06629 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: RyanSender on Aug 10, 2014  with updates from Jeff Welch
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BETA PHOTO: Looking at The Rock Pile from the road.


The Rock Pile area has a lot of trad options with potential sport climbs. There is plenty of options to top rope as well. It is very sunny with little protection from the sun. There are some larger trees that cast shadows, but bring lots of fluids. Other than the near by campers, you will not find any other climbers around. All anchors are natural with lots of pro available.

Getting There 

Take US 285 to CR 315. From CR 315, drive until you reach the T-intersection (about 3 miles). Turn left onto FS 376. Follow this road for about 1/4 mile and turn left onto FS 376A. Follow this road down for about 1/2 mile just before it gets steep. There is a campsite off to the left that makes for good parking. From this campsite, you can see the Rock Pile crag off to the west/southwest. Walk down the road until you reach the small field, and cut across to the base of the crag. There is another campsite on the right just past this meadow that also can serve as a good parking area. It is about 15-20 minutes to the base of the climbing wall.

From the base of the crag, walk up a series of ramps being careful not to disturb the natural surroundings.

Eds. The above was updated with information from: Jeff Welch.

Climbing Season

For the Buena Vista area.

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up from the base of the climb.

Jedi Mind 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Colorado : Buena Vista : The Rock Pile
Climb the fist-sized crack to a ledge, then cut right to a thin crack that leads to some easy slab. The first 20 feet is the crux, with an airy feel near the top. Climbing the crack proper and not using the face makes the route a little more difficult. This is a great crack to practice gear placements....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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