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Hands


Mar 26, 2008, 7:09 PM
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Hi everyone,
I have been spending tons of time on rockclimbing.com for about a year now and I finally decided to get an account and make a post. I'm planning on taking a trip to shelf road, co soon. Does anyone have any advice on the climbing and camping and what not to miss considering I have never been there? I will have a guide book but it is somewhat limited on shelf road climbs in comparison to what exists and I don't want to spend 35 bucks on a new one. Are the climbs difficult to find.
thanks for your help.


lrossi


Mar 26, 2008, 7:52 PM
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The climbs are numerous. It's easy to get to the general area, but hard to find the exact climb you want without a book because they are pretty tightly packed.

There is camping at two places: Sand Gulch and The Bank. Both are well marked as long as your book gets you into the general area, and both are within a short hike of many climbs.

The most popular areas are probably Cactus Cliff, the nearby Spiney Ridge, The Bank, and Menses Prow. All of these have great climbs.

Your profile says you're a 11a climber; you will find many great routes there in any of these areas. If you don't want to buy a book, just ask around for suggestions once you arrive. If the weather is nice it's always crowded.

Personal favorites:

Cactus Cliff:
Wadsworth Blvd 10b
Dihedrus 10b
Black Man's Burden 10c
Politically Incorrect 10c
Raven 5.9

Menses Prow:
Menses 10d
Pueblo Gringos 10a

Spiney Ridge:
Tractatus 11a
Travis is Sole King 10a

The Gym
Shorty Bob 10d


kobaz


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If you don't get a new book (and even if you do get a new book), definitely find a color printer and look up the topo's of shelf at the mountain project.

Even if you just bring the topo printouts you will have plenty of climbing for at least a few weeks.

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/colorado/caon_city/shelf_road/105744267

Edited to not be lazy and add a link,


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dlintz


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For sport climbing it doesn't get much better than Shelf. There are hundreds of routes and a large number of them in the 5.9 to 5.11 range.

I'm assuming you have the Falcon guide "Rock Climbing Colorado". If this is the case do yourself a favor and spend the money for the excellent Sharp End guidebook "Shelf Road Rock", or you could print the "online guidebook" on mountainproject.com but it's not nearly as comprehensive as the Sharp End book. Or just ask someone at the cliff what route they're on, most people I've met there would be willing to point you in the right direction.

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kobaz wrote:
If you don't get a new book (and even if you do get a new book), definitely find a color printer and look up the topo's of shelf at the mountain project.

Even if you just bring the topo printouts you will have plenty of climbing for at least a few weeks.

http://www.mountainproject.com/...shelf_road/105744267

Edited to not be lazy and add a link,

Nice try.


climbsomething


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Me amo Shelf.

Definitely drop the coin on the new guidebook.


kobaz


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shockabuku wrote:
kobaz wrote:
If you don't get a new book (and even if you do get a new book), definitely find a color printer and look up the topo's of shelf at the mountain project.

Even if you just bring the topo printouts you will have plenty of climbing for at least a few weeks.

http://www.mountainproject.com/...shelf_road/105744267

Edited to not be lazy and add a link,

Nice try.

I did actually add a link. I just didn't make it clickable :P


anykineclimb


Mar 31, 2008, 6:40 AM
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climbsomething wrote:
Me amo Shelf.

Definitely drop the coin on the new guidebook.

The $35 is WELL worth the money. don't bother with the Falcon guide.


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