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This area encompasses a geographic location with a variety of vertical type experiences. You probably have heard most about the Vail ice and you can find that under the CO ice/mixed section. In this section, you will find various rock cragging on sandstone, limestone, gneiss, schist, and even some granite. While this generally has little for a destination type of experience, there is still some interesting crags to find vertical pleasure.
As a well-known ski area, this general location is easy to find. I-70 accesses this area from either east or west (100 miles West of Denver). From the south, you can access this area via CO Hwy 9 (past Copper Mountain) or US 24 (through Minturn). From the north, you can access this area via CO Hwy 9 (Silverthorne) or CO Hwy 131 (Wolcott). The ice cragging is mostly visible from I-70. Parking is challenging, since all street parking in Vail is subject to ticketing. Gilman, illegal to access, is reached via US 24 south from Minturn.
You can check NOAA.
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Drilla From Manilla 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 85' Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Prow
Daddy Didn't Need No Magnum 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 80' Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Prow
Rafting with Rednecks (aka "Test") 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60' Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Uckfay Ushbay 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50' Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Smoke on the Water 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 40' Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
Drive By Shooting 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70' Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
The Bush League 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 75' Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Momentary Lack of Resin 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 70' Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
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