What was your first climb in Eldorado Canyon?

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landcruiserbob

Trad climber
BIG ISLAND or Vail ; just following the sun.......
Mar 2, 2011 - 02:43pm PT
Soloed something on the wind tower. What a great canyon.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 2, 2011 - 02:57pm PT
OK, maybe we should just hear from those people whose first climb WASN'T Calypso.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 2, 2011 - 02:58pm PT
Bastille crack, maybe '77. Ament almost beaned me with a dropped carabiner.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Mar 2, 2011 - 03:14pm PT
The Bastille, in the mid 70s
rrrADAM

Trad climber
LBMF
Mar 2, 2011 - 03:29pm PT
Batsille Crack with my wife, back in '01.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Mar 2, 2011 - 03:33pm PT
Frank Sacherer's first climb in Eldorado - 1967
Frank Sacherer's first climb in Eldorado - 1967
Credit: Jan

Of course he chose a crack.
Dick Danger

Trad climber
Lakewood, Colorado
Mar 2, 2011 - 03:33pm PT
Bastille Crack ---> Touch 'n Go ----> Rosy Crucifixion... It was a steep curve.
Pcutler

climber
Iowa
Mar 2, 2011 - 03:45pm PT
The naked edge

Totally classic - wicked exposure on the last two pitches
o-man

Trad climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Mar 2, 2011 - 03:45pm PT
It was Redguard Route with Deek Cook in the very early 70's we did the "Bird Walk"
first pitch. It was rated 5.6, chuckle,!!
MH2

climber
Mar 2, 2011 - 04:02pm PT
The one a step or two from the car.

Myself and Steve Lewontin


Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Mar 2, 2011 - 04:06pm PT
Cool.
Same pose, same place.
Pewf

climber
nederland
Mar 2, 2011 - 04:08pm PT
West Buttress of the Bastille, I think. I remember getting wigged where it got wide and traversing out onto the knobby face instead.
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Mar 2, 2011 - 04:13pm PT
Fat Dad wrote: OK, maybe we should just hear from those people whose first climb WASN'T Calypso.

West Buttress of the Bastille was my first route in Eldorado.

But, more importantly, my second route was Hair City. I completely missed the first bolt and was looking at a huge groundfall potential thinking to myself "this must be why they call it Hair City."

Epilogue: I went back up on Hair City about ten years later and with Jim Erickson's permission moved the first bolt, which he had place on rappel, to a better location.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Mar 2, 2011 - 04:16pm PT
That is a great picture Jan.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Mar 2, 2011 - 04:21pm PT
Lol.
I have a pic of me in about the same place, Jan
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Mar 2, 2011 - 04:28pm PT
Onsite free solo of the West Overhang on the Wind Tower. I showed up without a partner and it called to me.

This was also my second climb west of the Mississippi, the first being an onsite free solo of the Third Flatiron.
Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Mar 2, 2011 - 04:36pm PT
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I still wander back in my mind to those early days,
with Larry and Layton and Culp and others... Layton, Larry,
and I made what was viewed as the first known ascent of Calypso,
and Layton gave it that name. There are three climbs that stick
in my mind, and I can't for anything remember which came
first, as they all happened rather near to each other. Calypso,
Bastille Crack, and Pseudo-Sidetrack. I was about 14, maybe still
13, can't recall, when I led the Bastille Crack. I didn't put in
a single piece of protection and made those two first normally
shorter vertical pitches as one long one... I didn't
think a leader was supposed
to put anything in unless he was on the verge of falling, and
I felt so solid I just kept going. When Larry and I did Pseudo-
Sidetrack, it was an easy climb but pure discovery to move upward
into those windblow realms, the river loud below, pigeons, a gorgeous
place to be alive, the solid rock with so many holds everywhere
from which to choose, to have a few choice friends. Little did we know
how deeply the years would touch our lives, and how we would touch
one another... and how fast it all would fly by into the
past. Everything was young and new and beautiful, and we
were free. I think sometimes of our parents, how supportive they were
of our strange new pursuit, how courageous they were to let us go
and for them not even to know if we were really that safe, but to
sense our spirits, our love of adventure, our sense of mastery
of our newfound discovery,
climbing, how it belonged to us alone. And that was something very
special in and of itself, that no climber today will quite understand,
what with the masses and mobs of climbers these days...

Jan, do you remember the time I tried to take you and Dean up T-2?
MisterE

Social climber
MEEPMEEPmeepMEEP
Mar 2, 2011 - 04:52pm PT
Anthill Direct or Yellow Spur, I can't remember which. Probably Yellow Spur. circa 1994. I do remember that Anthill direct scared the crap out of me on the "5.6" runout.
local

Social climber
eldorado springs
Mar 2, 2011 - 05:12pm PT
Bastille Crack in 1964. I held a long leader fall with a 3/8th goldline on the last pitch when one of my partners pulled a big block off and rode it to the ramp below.
wayne burleson

climber
Amherst, MA (currently in Lutry, CH)
Mar 2, 2011 - 05:26pm PT
Grand Giraffe. 1982.
I had just driven from Boston and ran into a guy
in the parking lot who had just done Tangerine Trip and
wanted to do something wide.

I was clueless...

And it was desperate...
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