Eldo classic climbs

Experience the Classics!

No other area in Colorado is so steeped in climbing history.  "Eldo", as the locals call it, is jam packed with tremendous amounts of climbing on beautiful, bullet hard Fountain sandstone.  Some of the countries hardest rock climbs were at one time established on the stunning canyon walls.  Redgarden Wall is the tallest in the canyon sitting over 700 feet above the river and provides incredible multi-pitch climbing.  Tiny edges, intermittent cracks, and delicate traverses make for some of the best climbing in Colorado.

We guide many other routes in Eldo besides the classics listed below.  Please Contact Us if you have your heart set on a certain route and we can make it happen.  Let one of our guides show you around this incredible climbing destination!

Swanson Arete

A beginners classic! This route has everything from exposed faces to delightful chimney climbing. Incredible views await as you summit Lumpe Tower!

Description

 

Swanson Arete is the beginners classic, however, climbers of all abilities enjoy this route! Five wandering pitches up Redgarden Wall put you on an incredible summit with views of Denver, Boulder, and the mountains. With many different variations of climbing, you're bound to never climb this route the same way twice.

After topping out Lumpe Tower, a short hike down the backside of Redgarden Wall leads to three rappels back to the ground.

More information:

  • Recommended experience level: beginner to advanced

  • This is a semi-strenuous climb

  • 6 pitches, 5.6

  • Priced as a Full Day

The Bastille Crack

One of the most famous climbs in Colorado. This is as good as climbing gets! 5 pitches of crack and face climbing with tickling exposure.

Description

 

This is hands down the most famous route in Eldorado Canyon State Park. And for good reason! A very short hike up the road from the parking area puts you at the base of the Bastille. Near vertical face and crack climbing leads to the top of this incredible formation. A short scramble off the backside of the Bastille and you're back at your car.

The Bastille Crack is a very popular route. Please come with a little patience as not all parties climb the same speed.

More information:

  • Recommended experience level: intermediate to advanced

  • This is a semi-strenuous climb

  • 5 pitches, 5.7

  • Priced as a Full Day

Rewritten

This classic is bound to take your breath away as you follow a striking knife-edge into the sky! 6 pitches of varied climbing to an awesome summit.

Description

 

Another classic that is bound to take your breath as you step onto Rebuffat's Arete! This moderate route follows cracks and corner systems to a steep, exposed ridge. Straddle the ridge and don't forget to look down!

An ascent of Rewritten does involve lots of hiking, both on the approach and descent.

More information:

  • Recommended experience level: intermediate to advanced

  • This is a semi-strenuous climb

  • 6 pitches, 5.8

  • Priced as a Full Day

Ruper

One of our favorite moderates in the canyon! 6 pitches of steep enjoyable climbing will leave you awestruck, especially as you begin the infamous Ruper Traverse.

Description

 

This long moderate classic is one of our favorite multipitch routes in Eldorado Canyon State Park. An ascent of Ruper involves lots of scrambling, airy traverses, and steep jug hauling. Both the lower and upper traverses are sure to grab your attention as you delicately step over the void beneath your feet.

After topping out in the Ruper Saddle, 3 rappels and a little hiking bring you back to the base.

More information:

  • Recommended experience level: intermediate to advanced

  • This is a strenuous climb

  • 6 pitches, 5.8+

  • Priced as a Full Day

The Yellow Spur

The Eldo Classic! Good enough to climb multiple times, this route has it all. Hard, steep, and exposed climbing to a spectacular summit!

Description

 

This is the classic route to climb in Eldo! First climbed by Kor and Dornan in the late 1950's (in hiking boots), this route still has a reputation as being a little spicy. 6 pitches drops you on top of Tower 1 with amazing views in all directions.

Come climb a piece of Colorado history as you pull the crux of the route high above the ground with nothing but air under your feet!

More information:

  • Recommended experience level: intermediate to advanced

  • This is a strenuous climb

  • 6 pitches, 5.9+

  • Priced as a Full Day

Outer Space

Ready for lift off? The 1st two pitches of the Bastille lead to dead vertical 5.10 climbing up corners and mega exposed faces.

Description

 

This route deservedly lives up to its name! The first two pitches of the Bastille Crack lead to dead vertical 5.10 climbing up corners and mega exposed faces. This is why we climb!

This is a very exposed route up the north face of the Bastille formation. The views from the top are worth the difficult climbing!

More information:

  • Recommended experience level: advanced

  • This is a very strenuous climb

  • 5 pitches, 5.10b

  • Priced as a Full Day

 
 
 

Prices

1 Person = $300*

2 People = $200*

3 People = $180*

4 People = $160*

5 People = $140*

6-10 People = $120*

10+ People = Please call for large group rates

*Price is per person

  • Up to 8 hours in length

  • Custom tailored guided climbing and instruction

  • Perfect for: multi-pitch climbing or large groups looking to maximize their time climbing

  • Necessary for areas with long approaches

  • Typical start time is 8am

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