The Great Escape

The Black Canyon

Beautiful.  Striking.  Intimidating.  Beckoning.  Steep.  Deep.  These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of The Black Canyon.  At over 2700 feet at its deepest and just 40 feet across at its most narrow point, it holds some of Colorado’s longest and most challenging rock climbing.  Tricky route finding and unplanned overnight bivies are par for the course.  These climbs are not for the faint of heart, but if you are willing, they are worth every bit of effort and the fumbles.

Escape Artist

This the route that Ken and I climbed on a gorgeous Saturday in September.  It is graded at 5.9+ with an exposed and fun 100 foot traverse in the middle of the climb..  I thought the pitches were sustained and warranted the grade; there were no ‘gimme’ pitches aside from the scrambles at the beginning and end.  After 7 pitches and 1500 feet of elevation gain, we were on top of the buttress; exhausted but all smiles.

Cheesy selfie for documentation only

Cheesy selfie for documentation only

For interested parties:

Here are some photos I took of the canyon while climbing.