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Jul 31, 2014
Foreplay at The Pinnacles
What would you climb?? Never been, so hope to make the most of this short trip.

I enjoy trad up to mid 5.10, and sport up to 11s (so Rifle is out!)

I like long routes in an alpine setting, but because I'm just passing through, I'd say multipitch objectives that are longer than 6-7hrs car to car are out.
Simon W
Joined May 18, 2013
87 points
Jul 31, 2014
if you are in southern colorado i would suggest penitente canyon. if you are in southwest colorado near durango i would suggest east animas (trad and sport, single and multi-pitch) or golf wall (single pitch sport) and for bouldering go to turtle lake. eli poss
From Durango, sometimes Chattanooga
Joined May 9, 2014
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Jul 31, 2014
Foreplay at The Pinnacles
Thanks ^

Base will be Leadville but I'll be mobile
Simon W
Joined May 18, 2013
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Jul 31, 2014
If you're going to be based out of Leadville Independence Pass is the spot for you. JJNS
Joined Sep 30, 2008
505 points
Jul 31, 2014
Hampi, india
Stop by the black canyon for one of the 5.10 classics! comic relief for an intro, scenic cruise, the great white wall, midsummer's night dream are all great routes. Short approaches and big walls!! Jordan Moore
From Boulder, co
Joined Feb 9, 2011
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Jul 31, 2014
What month of the year?

Royal Flush would make a mellow half-day, with a semi-alpine
feel in spite of being almost roadside.
Independence Pass is great.

Adrian
Adrian Hill
Joined Jun 25, 2002
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Aug 1, 2014
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Do what I did with a friend passing through for a long weekend, climb in Eldorado Canyon for trad and Cleer Creek Canyon for the sport routes. The sandstone in Eldo is amazingly solid and there's just something about that gneiss in Clear Creek for making good, hard sport routes. Of course the traffic noise is annoying, but you get short approaches. Look into Highlander Wall to get up away from it all a bit. Eldo, take your pick of walls and routes. Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
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if you don't want to spend all your time driving Leadville has a few crags, Buena vista as a few more. the highest concentration of climbs near you will probably be the south platte area. check it out on MP, it has anything you could want.

also, you'll only be about an hour and 1/2 from rifle, if you can climb sport in the 5.11's there are more than enough routes in that range or less to keep you busy for 2 days. check out the ice cave wall in rifle here on MP.
george wilkey
From travelers rest sc
Joined Jan 23, 2013
258 points
Aug 1, 2014
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
The Davis Face in Buena Vista would provide a worthy nearby destination for you. I loved that place. Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,495 points
Aug 1, 2014
Lowering out on the Mescalito... '94
If in the Leadville area, MONITOR ROCK! Independence Pass. Check out the FY WALL. 5 new 3-pitch routes side by side. Check out my page to see topos of the multiple new routes that we've established up there!
Also check out Weston Wall. Been lots of afternoon monsoon clouds dumping rain. Weston Wall is less committing and sees 1st light of the sun in the morning... Leadville area too.
If in Boulder, ELDO!!!
Drew Spaulding
From Boulder, CO
Joined Aug 20, 2009
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Aug 1, 2014
Simon W wrote:
If you had 1-2 days to climb in CO while passing through...


I would go mountain biking in Eagle and Steamboat. . .
GhaMby
From Heaven
Joined Oct 2, 2006
427 points
Aug 1, 2014
ducking ropes at Copper
mountainproject.com/v/eschers-...

Independence pass has tons of amazing short approach alpine like climbing. Eschers is by no means alpine but if you are gonna be in the area might as well get on one of the steepest 10b's in colorado.
ChefMattThaner
From Lakewood, co
Joined May 15, 2013
349 points
Aug 1, 2014
another vote for Indy pass. Bulldog walls for moderate sport, monitor rock for multipitch climbs. Tons more options for all of it up on the west side of the pass. Have fun! LLubchenco
From GWS, CO
Joined Oct 19, 2013
21 points
Aug 1, 2014
Foreplay at The Pinnacles
Thanks for the replies!

Looking for partners for Indy pass on 7/8 or 9, or both then. I'm going to be there more or less on someone else's schedule so won't know the days for sure until sometime next week.

Posting a thread in the CO LFP forum.
Simon W
Joined May 18, 2013
87 points
Aug 1, 2014
Foreplay at The Pinnacles
Oh yeah, best guide book for Independence pass area? Simon W
Joined May 18, 2013
87 points
Aug 1, 2014
amazon.com/Independence-Pass-R...

classic out of print status

definitely hit the pass, a lot of other suggestions in here are plain rediculous
S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Joined Sep 25, 2008
24 points
Aug 1, 2014
Lowering out on the Mescalito... '94
Do you mean 8/8 and 8/9? July is over... Drew Spaulding
From Boulder, CO
Joined Aug 20, 2009
3,118 points
Aug 1, 2014
dirt bagging around cody
i dont live in CO but so there might be better advice on here but id recommend you go to Eldo and climb whatever classic is at your ability level. The rock is super unique and you wont find anything else like it.

Edit: I forgot how hot it gets there in the summer, eldo is probably not the best idea
Nate K
From Bozeman, MT
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