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The Safari Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Greg Hand on Nov 28, 2015
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The name is inspired by my recent trip to South Africa. The Safari consists of a lower slab (The Little Five) and an upper cliff (The Big Five). The Little Five should become a good beginner area with several easy and well-protected slab climbs up to 100 feet in length. The Big Five was full of surprises. The climbing is moderate (<=5.10a), but every climb is filled with some amazing holds.

The spacious Sun Tan Ledge separates the Little Five from the Big Five. All Big Five routes begin from here. It can be approached by climbing one of the Little Five routes, or by hiking up the gully on the left and then making an easy but exposed traverse to the right.

Beware of cactus in the area.

It is probably one of the sunniest areas in the canyon. Like Other Critters & the Dog House, this cliff clears of snow quickly.

Getting There 

It is located between Tunnels 5 & 6 in Clear Creek. This cliff is located left (upstream) of Other Critters. Approach as for The Dog House and Other Critters. As you reach the right side of Other Critters, the trail drops down to where Clyde begins. Continue traversing another 100 feet to a large pine tree. This is the bottom of The Little Five area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Safari

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Safari:
Harvey    5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Big Five
White Rhino   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Big Five
The Leopard   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Big Five
Hungry, Hungry Hippos   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Big Five
Lion King   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Big Five
Pink Elephants On Parade   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Big Five
A Committee of Two   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Big Five
Call Me Bwana   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Big Five
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Featured Route For The Safari
Rock Climbing Photo: Greg finishing the first crux at the rotten band.

The Leopard 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Colorado : Golden : ... : The Big Five
The Leopard has a hard move in the rotten band. There are interesting moves above....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of The Safari Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Good view of the crag from the west.
BETA PHOTO: Good view of the crag from the west.

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By A. Bandos
From: Broomfield
Dec 13, 2015
Along with Other Critters, this part of the canyon is destined to be a great place for beginners to get their feet wet. Only place in the country I can think of that developers spent so much time/money on bolting so many very easy climbs in close proximity.
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Dec 13, 2015
It's good that it is not in Jefferson County!
By Parker Wrozek
From: Denver, CO
May 18, 2016
I personally wouldn't climb the lower area if anyone is above you. Rock is just raining down off these climbs. Mostly small but some bigger stuff too.
By Jared D.
May 15, 2017
Visited The Safari last week and just wanted to say thank you to the developers for putting up such a good beginner area. The easy, bolted climbs make this place ideal for teaching lead climbing to beginners, and the anchor between the lower and upper walls also make it a great place to teach rappelling. Great work!

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