Low Difficulty Eldorado Climbs
The beginner climber will enjoy the short, easy routes in Eldorado. The Wind Tower tops the “to-do” list with climbs like Breezy, which ascends a dihedral and presents great combination of stemming moves, narrow cracks, and the “jug” holds that beginners love. Variations allow the beginner climber several options. It is a two-pitch climb that summits the Wind Tower. The descent involves a short walk and a rappel.
The Bomb is on the face of the Wind Tower and was one of the first climbing routes in the canyon. It also a two-pitch climb and requires a long rappel from the top of the second pitch. The climbing it is quite different than Breezy: one must negotiate a roof on the first pitch, climb a chimney on the second pitch, and negotiate a mix of slab moves and face climbing on large holds in between.
The Whale’s Tail offers two beginning climbs that are usually less crowded and are climbable year-round. Several moves of casual climbing lead to a secluded belay ledge about 100 feet above the canyon floor. From here one can climb the West Dihedral or the West Crack. Both offer easy, enjoyable climbing on good rock, and the rappel is a great place for beginners to practice their rappelling technique.
Moderate Difficulty Eldorado Climbs
Everyone that comes to Eldorado Canyon takes their turn on Calypso, another collection of dihedrals on the Wind Tower. The climb to the first belay ledge is stunningly beautiful, and the ledge itself is a great spot view the canyon, the creek, and, across the creek, the famous—some would say infamous—Bastille Crack. The second pitch leads up to great crack climbing, and the third pitch reaches the summit. A walk-off and short rappel brings one back to the start.
Another “must-do” route is the Wind Ridge, the skyline ridge on the Wind Tower, and one of the most popular routes in Colorado. It is an exposed, multi-pitch climb that takes one high above the canyon floor. It again offers the variety of climbing characteristic of Eldorado: three pitches off cracks, roofs, and face climbing leads to the summit, and a walk and short rappel to bring one back to the beginning of the climb.
If you are looking for climbing instruction in addition to a great climb we offer a one day basic climbing skills course, a two day advanced skills course and everything in between. Please call us to discuss options.
The Flatirons – The First Flatiron offers 1,000 ft. of superb moderate climbing and the Third Flatiron, touted as the best beginner’s route in North America, offers 1,300 ft. of easy to moderate climbing.
One of our most popular activities is a two day family Flatirons climb on either the 1st or 3rd Flatiron. The program includes one day of multi-pitch climbing instruction followed by the climb on the second day.