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Local Classics: The Yellow Spur

Eldorado Canyon’s The Yellow Spur (5.9 or 5.10) is the first entry on our list of uber-classic local climbs. Richard Rossiter calls it “one of the all-time classics of Eldorado”. It first went free in 1964 by Royal Robbins and Pat Ament. This spectacular, direct line tops out after six pitches on Tower One of Redgarden Wall.

Right away the climbing is fun and challenging. Pulling through the first roof is insecure at first until you reach the monster jug. Highlights of the climb include the stellar dihedrals on pitches 2 and 4. The crux pitch is airy, wild, and provides one of the best views in Eldo. Once you pull the crux moves the climbing gives way to the stunning, but cruiser 5.6 arete to the summit.

Temperatures can soar in Eldorado Canyon during the summer and you’ll have a hard time getting up this climb before the shade disappears. The Yellow Spur is in prime condition today and will be for the next few months…get it while it’s good. Call us if your looking for a guide on The Yellow Spur or the countless other classic lines found in Eldorado Canyon. There are loads of options from 5.4-5.12, one pitch to seven pitches. Hope to see you soon at the crags.

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