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

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. Weather was looking a bit cold and windy at any destination closer to Boulder, so it was a good opportunity to check the area out. As long as you get in more hours of fun climbing in then sun than driving it's totally worth it.

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.



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:
    =Cactus Cliff
    =Spiney Ridge
DATE CLIMBED

Color-coded: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
20th Century Man 10b Spiney Ridge Oct 30, 2019
Access all Areas 10d Spiney Ridge Oct 20, 2019
Cactus Cliff Addict 10d Cactus Cliff 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
Et Tu, Brutus? 10d Cactus Cliff Oct 20, 2019
Cactus Cliff Addict 10d Cactus Cliff Oct 20, 2019
Hero Driver 10d Spiney Ridge Oct 20, 2019
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
Rocky, You’ve Met Your Match 10b, trad (or toprope) Cactus Cliff Oct 20, 2019
Stone of Ignorance 5.9+ Spiney Ridge Oct 20, 2019

Original trip report for 1st visit to Shelf Road....


October 2019 Trip Report to Shelf Road
1 Day: Cragging

Date: October 20, 2019
Partner: Brad White

Intro

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!

Climbs / Photos
1. Morning Joe, Cactus Cliff (5.9)
2. Cactus Cliff Addict, Cactus Cliff (5.10b)
3. I Claudius, Cactus Cliff (5.11a, climbed twice because it was so good)
4. LaCholla Jackson, Cactus Cliff (5.8+)
5. Hero Driver, Cactus Cliff (5.10d)
6. Et Tu, Brutus?, Cactus Cliff (5.10d)
7. Rocky, You've Met Your Match, Cactus Cliff (5.10b, trad (or toprope), climbed twice)
8. 20th Century Man, Spiney Ridge (5.10b, climbed twice)
9. Cheers, Spiney Ridge (5.8)
10. Damn Right I've Got the Moves, Spiney Ridge (5.8+)
11. Stone of Ignorance, Spiney Ridge (5.9+)
12. Access All Areas, Spiney Ridge (5.10d)

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Photo descriptions:
1. First route of the day: the bolted crack of Morning Joe.
2. Beautiful limestone.
3. A sublime view.
4. We climbed 6 routes in this photo. 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).
7. Brad starting up LaCholla Jackson (5.8+).
8. Brad on Rocky, You've Met Your Match (10b). Another fun bolted crack.
9. A 20th Century Man (10b).
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, a fun 5.8+ with a fun name.
13. Pockets and a cockeyed bolt near the crux on Access all Areas (10d).
14. Hiking out. I'll be back!


Some random photos from other days of cragging at Shelf Road.....

Color coded by area:
   =Cactus Cliff            =Spiney Ridge