New Meetup: Shelf Road

From: Bill
Sent on: Monday, October 18, 2010 11:52 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Rock Climbers of Colorado Springs!

What: Shelf Road

When: Thursday, October 21,[masked]:00 AM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Looks like we'll have a break in the weather for a good day of climbing at Shelf. This is a great place for sport but you can bring a light rack as well, if you want to work on leading trad (most of the moderate bolted lines follow cracks that take gear well). We'll plan on climbing at Cactus Cliff and Spiney Ridge, to soak up some sun. If you haven't yet climbed at Shelf, this is the time to come out! There are enough easier routes to keep us busy for a day, and lots of .9's .10's and .11's to challenge the more experienced climbers. The rock is solid limestone and most of the lines are spectacular!

Shelf is less than an hour and a half drive from Colorado Springs. We will meet out in front of the Black Bear Coffee and Tea Lodge (6550 S. Academy Blvd., just west of Hwy 115) at 8:00 am to figure out carpooling. Show up a little early if you want to get your morning coffee; this is a great place for that. In addition to food and water for the day, please be sure to bring some cash to pitch in for gas, unless you are one of the fine souls offering your vehicle for carpooling. The gravel road to the parking lot can be rough and vehicles with very low clearance are not recommended.

Directions: Hwy 115 south to Hwy 50. Go west on Hwy 50 to Canon City. Turn right onto Dozier St. (just past the Wal Mart) and continue as it curves left and becomes Central Ave. At the 4 way stop, turn right onto Field Ave. Continue past the schools and over the hill where Field merges with Fremont County 9. Eventually you will see the cliffs ahead. Look for the sign for the Bank; turn left onto the gravel road and continue to the parking lot, just past the Bank Campground. If you get close to the cliffs on the main road, you?ve gone too far. Please note: the drive down Hwy 115 and through Canon City is notorious for law enforcement handing out tickets; best to observe the speed limit at all times.

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