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. Super Mario /aka/ the gimp*** [v7ish] – start standing with hands in a deep sloping break under the steep mushroom cap feature, climb out steep roof at a square jutting cobble, turn the lip, and mantle. The v-grades i've been quoted for this line differ by four, so don't get too caught up on what is listed...though upon recent repeat, i feel seven is fair...

2. power up ** [v3ish] - start in the same break as for super mario, but just right beneath the blunt arete of the boulder, reach out to a ledge feature visible in the above photo and gain a good crimp and cobble to do the crux mantle. though awkward at the crux, this is a pretty good line and a good mantle trainer for taller, harder encounters.

Various** - various vertical climbs can be done on the face right of the roof section of this boulder, the left most of which are visible in the above photo. these are primarily slabby with generous features and if someone puts in the time to substantially clean them, the lines could be great for beginner boulderers. [Any specific descriptions will be added subsequently, so check back!]

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