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ELEVEN MILES TO FREEDOM: THE ROCK CLIMBER'S GUIDE TO ELEVEN MILE CANYON COLORADO Ben Schmitt 2011 New Paperback Multiple copies available
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Colorado, 2011, 1st edition. 145 pp, many b/w photos, topos, maps. New paperback.

Dedicated local and route-developer Ben Schmitt has completed a new rock climber's guidebook to Elevenmile Canyon. The book is 145-pages, and describes 480 routes with photo-topos and anchor locations. The book covers the highly anticipated new crag 'Heaven's Gate', as well as several other newly developed and previously undocumented crags. Ben put a lot of sweat into the project, including bolting and climbing many of the new routes included in the guide.
 
Eleven Mile Canyon offers premium easy crack climbs with super pro for beginning trad leaders and has awesome face sport routes for moderate leaders. Some older sport routes have runouts but the new sport routes are better protected. There are also some 5.12s for the hardmen. Its only a short drive west from Colorado Springs and makes for a great weekend trip.
 
SIGNED by Ben Schmitt.
 
From mountainproject.com:
 
The South Platte River flows from Elevenmile Reservoir at an elevation of about 8500 feet into the canyon, just one hour west of Colorado Springs. The granite domes are home to large number of moderate trad routes and more recently some quite moderate sport routes on the many low-angle domes. The canyon also hosts many 'hardman' routes (both sport and trad) in the 5.11-5.12 range. Interestingly, there are not many routes with grades in the 5.8-10 range, but any climber will be satisfied by the fine quality routes.

Weather will be colder than most Front Range areas due to the higher elevation so the season is shorter, but it's a fine place for summer climbing on the shady side of a crag.

Bring a standard rack up to #4 Friend for trad routes. A 50m rope should suffice unless specifically mentioned otherwise.

Route development started in the '60s but the '70s marked the era of the many moderate classics, while the '80s brought about many new difficult lines of sport and trad. Major developers included: Richard Aschert, Dale Goddard, Mark Milligan, Mark Rolofson, Neil Cannon, and Bob D'Antonio (whose guidebook Mueller St. Park/Elevenmile Canyon from the Chockstone Press provides more historical information).

Popular rocks include: 11 mile Dome, which hosts many moderate trad and sport lines from 5.4-5.10. Don't miss 'South Face Direct' (5.10c sp), a fine face route. 'The Overleaf' is a nice long 5.8 trad route to the summit of the dome.

Also, check out Arch Rock, Turret Dome, Pine Cone Dome, for moderate climbing. The hardperson should check out Sports Crag, Indulgence Crag, and Cove Rock.
 

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