rock climbing is inherently dangerous in all of its forms. even with substantial experience, climbing can result in severe injury, paralysis, and even death. castlewood canyon involves even greater danger than other rock climbing areas as it is riddled with rattlesnakes in the warm months and its conglomerate rock can shatter, break, crumble, and explode at any time, without warning, on even well-traveled climbs.

this guide is intended for mere reference by experienced climbers only, who have substantial personal knowledge in climbing safety, equipment, and technique, and who understand and fully accept the extreme risks inherent in this sport. in no way should this reference be confused as an instruction manual and those who do not have substantial experience with all of the safety and technical aspects of rock climbing should seek professional instruction, which can often be arranged through local climbing gyms. be safe!

Monday, February 11, 2008


1. south block left* [v2ish?] - start sitting on the central feature and make a few moves left on biting pockets, then up on the right side of the blunt arete to a mantle finish.

2. south block right** [v2ish?] - start sitting on the central feature and climb straight up to a mantle finish. this is a pretty decent little climb. it seems possible to take a right-more line through the upper face, so do it and post in the comments about it. it is also possible to start this problem and traverse through the squeeze to join number 3.

3. south block cave** [v5ish?] - start sitting on sharp, thin crimps and make a strong move to your choice of sloping crimps in the font-esque patina above before topping out. if all problems had the grippy, solid stone that the top half of this midget has, castlewood would be a worthy local destination.

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