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Alpine Rock Rock Climbing 


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Description 

This "area" is for alpine rock climbing in Colorado. Alpine is probably the true "Mountain" Project terrain. These routes truly lie in the mountains. This is the terrain of the alpinist, the all-arounder. Generally here, you must be comfortable in whatever the environment will throw at you.

Alpine is the home of the marmots and pikas in the warmer months. In the colder months, this is the land of the frozen. Scattered here is the terrain in which weather, exposure, season, loose rock, ice, snow, route-finding, lightning, precipitation, and altitude can dramatically affect one's experience. All these climbs involve heights of at least 8,000 feet and are above treeline. With these factors comes increased risks but potential for increased rewards and memories that can last a lifetime.

Getting There 

These climbs cover the state from the Crestones, the Sangre de Cristos, the Mosquito Range, the Collegiates, the Sawatch, the San Juans, the Gores, the Front Range, the Elks, the Indian Peaks, the Mummy Range, the Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park or whatever range you wish to include. Look high and you will find them. You will drive but then you will hike, since most all of these will require some extended approaches. Some will require overnight trips. Nearly all will have season considerations for the majority of climbers.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.6 miles from here

733 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',102],['3 Stars',288],['2 Stars',242],['1 Star',85],['Bomb',5]
['<=5.6',111],['5.7',52],['5.8',49],['5.9',71],['5.10',102],['5.11',59],['5.12',27],['5.13',6],['>=5.14',2],['',0],['<=V1',9],['V2-3',49],['V4-5',34],['V6-7',44],['V8-9',32],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',35],['>=V14',3]

Classic Climbing Routes in Alpine Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Alpine Rock:
Little Bear-Blanca Traverse   5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c     Trad, Alpine   Blanca Peak
Wham Ridge   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 2000'   The Grenadiers : Vestal Peak
Northeast Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches   RMNP - Rock : Sharkstooth
North Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   Glacier Gorge : Spearhead
Ellingwood Ledges   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, Grade III   The Crestones
Kit Carson / The Prow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, Alpine, Grade III   The Crestones
South Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   RMNP - Rock : Petit Grepon
Culp-Bossier   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   RMNP - Rock : Hallett Peak
Syke's Sickle   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 900'   Glacier Gorge : Spearhead
Casual Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   Long's Peak : The Diamond
The Flying Buttress   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   RMNP - Rock : Mt. Meeker
The Barb   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches   Glacier Gorge : Spearhead
Days of Heaven   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Fern Canyon Rocks : Rock Of Ages
Pervertical Sanctuary   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Long's Peak : The Diamond
Birds of Fire   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1200'   Glacier Gorge : Chiefshead Northwest Face
Yellow Wall   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Long's Peak : The Diamond
D7   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Long's Peak : The Diamond
Spear Me the Details   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 700'   Glacier Gorge : Spearhead
Ariana   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Long's Peak : The Diamond
The Wasp   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   Fern Canyon Rocks : Rock Of Ages
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Alpine Rock

Featured Route For Alpine Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Seth Finkelstein climbing some sweet stone on Spea...

Spear Me the Details 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Spearhead
This is a magical mystery tour. It has lots of variety including steep face climbing similar to the domes of Tuolumne Meadows. There may be no better face climbing in the Park.The route starts on Middle Earth, which can be accessed by various means.P1. The first pitch of the route proper begins to the right of the Eye of Mordor, a huge, seriously sinister, vertical gouge left of center on Spearhead's east face.The first pitch is easy, taking you to a big ledge. The next pitch climbs straight up...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Alpine Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Hi there, guys!
Hi there, guys!
Rock Climbing Photo: Quite the gathering of juveniles.
Quite the gathering of juveniles.
Rock Climbing Photo: Clearing snowstorm in the Grenadiers.
Clearing snowstorm in the Grenadiers.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mountain goats.
Mountain goats.
Rock Climbing Photo: Remote San Juan wall.
Remote San Juan wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: La Platas sunrise from Mesa Verde, 9-2009.
La Platas sunrise from Mesa Verde, 9-2009.
Rock Climbing Photo: One of a herd of mountain goats just above the Len...
One of a herd of mountain goats just above the Len...
Rock Climbing Photo: Great bouldering up Lime Creek . . . I think.
Great bouldering up Lime Creek . . . I think.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Diamond.
The Diamond.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kelso summit goat.
Kelso summit goat.
Rock Climbing Photo: To serve, to strive . . . .
To serve, to strive . . . .
Rock Climbing Photo: San Juan vista.
San Juan vista.
Rock Climbing Photo: Leaving Beartown and Hunchback Pass . . . .
Leaving Beartown and Hunchback Pass . . . .
Rock Climbing Photo: Long's Peak Diamond and boulderfield.  Photo by Bl...
Long's Peak Diamond and boulderfield. Photo by Bl...
Rock Climbing Photo: Grazing rights.
BETA PHOTO: Grazing rights.
Rock Climbing Photo: Monitor Peak's East face in the Needles in Colorad...
Monitor Peak's East face in the Needles in Colorad...
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting a traverse across the Harvard-Columbia kn...
Starting a traverse across the Harvard-Columbia kn...

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