(LIST OF CLIMBS + 1 "TRIP REPORT")
Category: Colorado
Elev: ~7000 ft
Rock Type: Limestone
 
2019, 2020
 

SHELF ROAD Climbing


Shelf Road is a limestone sport cragging destination in south central Colorado, just north of Canon City and about 3 hours drive from Boulder. Most of the cliffs are vertical with pocketed limestone. Quality rock, short approaches, year round climbing, and a beautiful setting make this a popular weekend destination. 


The steep limestone of Shelf Road.

The first time I climbed at Shelf Road was in October 2019. I returned a few more times over that fall and winter. 

Since I plan to return to Shelf Road several times over the years, I just keep a list of the climbs I've done there (on this page). Below the list, I've also included my original trip report from the first day I climbed here (made to establish this page on my website), and below that I have photos from subsequent random days of cragging at Shelf Road.



ON THIS PAGE:

LINK
List of climbs I've done at Shelf Road
2019 trip report (1st trip to Shelf Road: 1 day of cragging)
OCT
20
2019

  TR #: 375
Other random photos from cragging at Shelf Road               



(Still quite small)List of climbs I've done at Shelf Road

(Alphabetical order)
CLIMB DIFFICULTY

(everything 1 pitch)
AREA

Color-coded:
    =The Bank
    
=Cactus Cliff
    =The Gallery
    =Sand Gulch
    =Spiney Ridge
    =The Vault
DATE CLIMBED

Color-coded: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
2010A 5.10a The Bank Feb 16, 2020
Crab Nation 5.10b The Bank Feb 16, 2020
Dillinger 5.9 The Bank Feb 16, 2020
Gambino 5.9 The Bank Feb 16, 2020
Jasonbecker.com 5.10b The Bank Feb 16, 2020
Knot Too Many Roaches 5.10b The Bank Feb 16, 2020
New Comer 5.9+ The Bank Feb 16, 2020
Poncho and the Three Perverts 5.8 The Bank Feb 16, 2020
Shelfish 5.9+ The Bank Feb 16, 2020
Sty in the Sky 5.9 The Bank Feb 16, 2020
Sweepings, The 5.10a The Bank Feb 16, 2020
Book of Dude-Aronomy, The 10b/c Cactus Cliff Feb 8, 2020
Cactus Cliff Addict 10d Cactus Cliff Oct 20, 2019
Et Tu, Brutus? 10d Cactus Cliff Oct 20, 2019
Cactus Cliff Addict 10d Cactus Cliff Oct 20, 2019
Funkdemental 11a/b Cactus Cliff Feb 8, 2020
I Claudius 11a Cactus Cliff Oct 20, 2019
LaCholla Jackson 5.8+ Cactus Cliff Oct 20, 2019
Morning Joe 5.9 Cactus Cliff Oct 20, 2019
Raven w/ Total Recount finish 10b Cactus Cliff Feb 8, 2020
Rocky, You’ve Met Your Match 10b, trad (or toprope) Cactus Cliff Oct 20, 2019
Anguish and Fear 10a The Gallery - Mural Wall Dec 7, 2019
Block Party 10a The Gallery - Mural Wall Dec 7, 2019
Los Pepes 10a The Gallery - Mural Wall Dec 7, 2019
Protect the King 5.9- The Gallery - Mural Wall Dec 7, 2019
Enterprise 5.9+ Sand Gulch Dec 7, 2019
Hide N' Seek 11a/b Sand Gulch Dec 7, 2019
List, The 10c/d Sand Gulch Dec 7, 2019
Opportunist, The 5.9 Sand Gulch Dec 7, 2019
Phase Dance 12a Sand Gulch Dec 7, 2019
Unnamed crack to right of Phase Dance ~5.9, trad (or toprope) Sand Gulch Dec 7, 2019
20th Century Man 10b Spiney Ridge Oct 30, 2019
Access all Areas 10d Spiney Ridge Oct 20, 2019
Cheers 5.8 Spiney Ridge Oct 20, 2019
Damn Right I’ve Got the Moves 5.8+ Spiney Ridge Oct 20, 2019
Down n' Dirty 10c Spiney Ridge Feb 8, 2020
Hero Driver 10d Spiney Ridge Oct 20, 2019
Nalalator 10c Spiney Ridge Feb 8, 2020
Stone of Ignorance 5.9+ Spiney Ridge Oct 20, 2019
Toxxxic Entertainment 10a Spiney Ridge Feb 8, 2020
Chip Off the 'Ol Block 5.9 The Vault Dec 8, 2019
Deconstruction Ahead ~10, trad (or toprope) The Vault Dec 8, 2019
Flight Simulator 10b/c The Vault Dec 8, 2019
Family Jewels 12a/b The Vault Dec 8, 2019
Jewel of the Wild 12a The Vault Dec 8, 2019
My Testosterone Poisoned Friend 10a The Vault Dec 8, 2019
Tryptophan 10c The Vault Dec 8, 2019


Photos

Color coded by area:
    =The Bank           =Cactus Cliff          =The Gallery         =Sand Gulch         =Spiney Ridge         =The Vault

FIRST TRIP TO SHELF ROAD
OCTOBER 20, 2019
w/ Brad White
Weather was looking a bit cold and windy at any location closer to Boulder, so it was a good opportunity to check out Shelf Road. Fellow math enthusiast Brad and I spent the day cragging on moderates in the sun at Cactus Cliff area. I should title this mini trip report "Finding the bolted cracks at Cactus Cliff" since that's what we seemed to climb the most of. I guess I cannot resist a crack when I see one. Overall, I found the climbing quite engaging and I enjoyed the opportunity to climb on limestone. I'll be back!
1. First route of the day: the bolted crack of Morning Joe at Cactus Cliff.
2.  Beautiful limestone.
3. A sublime view.
4. We climbed 6 routes in this photo at Cactus Cliff. The climber is on LaCholla Jackson, a popular 5.8+ bolted crack. My favorite route here was the 11a splitter on the left wall, called I Claudius.
5. Cactus Cliff Addict (10b) starts up the corner, and I Claudius (11a) climbs the crack to the left.
6. Cactus Cliff Addict (10b) at Cactus Cliff.
7. Brad starting up LaCholla Jackson (5.8+) at Cactus Cliff.
8. Brad on Rocky, You've Met Your Match (10b). Another fun bolted crack at Cactus Cliff.
9. A 20th Century Man (10b) at Spiney RIdge.
10. Brad enjoying a perfect belay seat.
11. Cheers (5.8+) at Spiney Ridge. My radar had led me to another bolted crack.
12. Dam Right I've Got the Moves at Spiney Ridge, a fun 5.8+ with a fun name.
13. Pockets and a cockeyed bolt near the crux on Access all Areas (10d) at Spiney Ridge.
14. Hiking out. I'll be back!

Color coded by area:
    =The Bank           =Cactus Cliff          =The Gallery         =Sand Gulch         =Spiney Ridge         =The Vault
DECEMBER 7&8, 2019
w/ Nate Mankovitch 
15. Shelf Road viewscape.
16. Shelf Road viewscape.

17. Hide N’ Seek (11a/b) at Sand Gulch, Contest Wall.
18. Sand Gulch, Contest Wall.
19. The Gallery, Mural Wall.
20. Block Party (10a) at The Gallery, Mural Wall.

21. Looking down Block Party (10a) at The Gallery, Mural Wall.
22. Nate leading M&M (12a) The Gallery, Mural Wall.
23. Bolted crack climbing on Protect the King (5.9-), The Gallery, Mural Wall.
24. Anguish and Fear (10a), The Gallery, Mural Wall.
25. Chip Off the 'Ol Block (5.9), The Vault.


26. My Testosterone Poisoned Friend (10a), The Vault.
27. Bolted crack climbing on Tryptophan (10c), The Vault.
28. Shelf Road Cactus Cliff
29. Looking down Family Jewels (12a/b), The Vault.
30. Nate leading 14 Carets (12s), The Vault.
31. Nate leading Jewel of the Wild (12a), The Vault.



FEBRUARY 8, 2020
w/ Natalie Huey
32. Approaching Cactus Cliff after a winter snowstorm.
33. Approaching Cactus Cliff after a winter snowstorm.
34. Approaching Cactus Cliff after a winter snowstorm.
35. Our first route of the day: Raven with Total Recount finish (5.10b) at Cactus Cliff.
36. Natalie belaying in a tank top and flip flops on a winter day at Cactus Cliff.
37. Total Recount (5.10b) at Cactus Cliff.
38. Rappelling from a route at Cactus Cliff.
39. Natalie starting up The Book of Dude-Aronomy (10b/c) at Cactus Cliff.
40. Toxxxic Entertainment (10a), a fun bolted lieback at Spiney Ridge.
41. Definitely don't underestimate the power of the Colorado sun to melt the snow and create a t-shirt day in the middle of the winter.
42. Driving out in the evening light.

FEBRUARY 16, 2020
w/ Joe Trabucco
43. A nice warm-up: Poncho and the Three Perverts (5.8) at The Bank.
44. New Comer (5.9+) at The Bank.
45. Climber leading Shelfish (5.9+) at The Bank.
46. Joe leading up Jasonbecker.com, a popular 10b at The Bank.
47. Beautiful limestone.
48. Climbers squeezing in a couple more pitches in the late afternoon light.