Shelf Road limestone
Posted by sibylle in books, films, photography, Colorado (Saturday May 10, 2008 at 12:28 pm)


Ada Urist at the base of LaCholla Jackson

Shelf Road features limestone sport climbs, mostly ranging from 5.9 to 5.12, with a few easier routes. Most climbs have small edges and crimps on near-vertical rock.
Several cliffs comprise the Shelf Road area: the Dark Side, the Bank, the Contest Wall, and Shelf Road’s newest area, Cactus Cliffs. Cactus Cliffs face south with sunny alcoves that shelter climbers from occasionally bitter winds. Even on a cool day, routes in the sun can feel blistering hot.

Alexi’s Climb 5.5 ***
One of the easiest routes at Shelf Road, Alexi’s Climb is at Cactus Cliffs. Once you reach the old parking lot, follow the trail east for about 5 minutes until you see a S/SE facing alcove on the left. Stone steps lead up to a flat area in front of an easy slab. Alexi’s Climb follows the bolts along the left.
From the spacious ledge atop Alexi’s Climb, I taught my son how to rappel and how to feed the rope through the anchors. Tristan led the climb and then belayed me up to the ledge. While I watched, he fed the rope through the anchor and set up the rappel.


Ada playing in the natural sandbox at Shelf Road

5 comments for Shelf Road limestone »

  1. These are really cute shots of Ada. I can hear her, years from when she is perhaps Tristan’s age, saying, “I started climbing when I was three” — or whatever age she was in early May.

    Comment by Claire Walter — May 20, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

  2. […] In my book, Fun Climbs Colorado, I describe climbs at Vedauwoo, Rocky Mountain National Park, Eldorado Canyon and Boulder Canyon, Shelf Road, Penitente Canyon, Independence Pass, South Platte and Elevenmile Canyon, Unaweep, and Castlewood Canyon. In the past few posts, I’ve described routes at the first eight areas. I’ll post climbs at Elevenmile Canyon next. […]

    Pingback by Fun Climbs Around The World » Colorado Climbs—Elevenmile Canyon — May 20, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

  3. So cute, so cute…

    All good wishes–


    Comment by Anne Doyle — September 28, 2008 @ 7:49 pm

  4. Hey Sibylle,
    These photos are adorable. Who is Ada? Wow, she’s getting started really early!

    Comment by Chandi — October 24, 2008 @ 10:45 am

  5. Ada is Corinne McKay’s daughter! I thought everyone in BMW knew!

    Comment by sibylle — October 24, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

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