THE CITADEL AREA

The Citadel Area is tucked away within several small, loosely interconnected valleys choked with aspen and pines near gurgling streams and beaver dams along the south fork of Middle Crow Creek. The only intruders you’ll find are occasional cattle, deer, moose, raptors floating overhead and possibly another climbing party. Two main access points are from Rd. 700 to Rd. 700L on the west and Rd. 700 to Rd. 700c on the east. You may have to open a gate or two to get here, so close them after passing through and there are pullouts for parking nowadays – didn’t used to be this ‘civilized’!! Some trails thread throughout the area, although you may find that ‘bushwhacking’ will cut a more straight line to your objective. It’s an adventurous place that seems so remote it may cause some concern, however it is well worth exploring for some classic routes that exist here.

The hair raising start of ‘Spit Off’ (5.11c)
A remote treat with awesome, inventive climbs!

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The FOUR FORMATIONS of the CITADEL AREA are:
1.) MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION CRAG
2.) CITADEL ROCK
3.) THE SHORT WALL (including the ‘Superb Arete’)
4.) PLUMB LINE

Citadel Rock

CITADEL ROCK THE SOUTHWEST MAIN EXPOSURE ( * NW FACE IS FOUND BELOW) THIS IS A great place to be, sunny most of the day, with moderate to fairly hard routes. THE SOUTHWEST MAIN EXPOSURE ( * NW FACE IS FOUND BELOW) THIS IS A great place to be, sunny most of the day,...

The Short Wall

THE SHORT WALL Home of ‘The Short Wall’ and ‘The Superb Arete’ One of the most unique, daring and bold lines at its grade, ‘SPIT OFF’ (5.11c, 5 bolts, #1) was put up by Ken Driese and Larry Scritchfield in 1991. The gut-wrenching step ‘across the void’ to start the...

Plumb Line Rocks

PLUMBLINE The Plum Line crags are nestled in their own aesthetic setting, one of several miniature valleys that form ‘The Citadel Area’. It actually consists of four loosely connected formations. The largest is the two-tiered ‘Plumb Line’ Crag itself as shown below....

Mechanical Transmission Crag

MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION CRAG 1.) Worm Drive 11b Thrutch your’ way up a nasty fat crack with a ceiling and keep going – if you can!! Scarpelli and McGann ’85. 2.) First Gear 9 Have a go at a slightly less strenuous ‘wide one’. WHO DID THIS ONE FIRST?? DESCENT: A fixed...

 

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