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Ilium Boulders Rock Climbing 


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Some of the best bouldering to be found in the southwest Colorado area. Great Dakota sandstone projects to keep you interested for a long time. Spring-fall and can get a few people on them at times. I've seen as many as 3 other parties there at a time.

Getting There 

From Telluride, take CO 145 to the Ilium turnoff. Follow about 1.5 miles up the road. A small pulloff on the right represents the entrance. Hike about 100 yds into the trees on one of two small foot paths. Problems range from easy to hard, with many different boulders scattered throughout the trees.

Climbing Season

For the Telluride/Norwood area area.

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',3],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ilium Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ilium Boulders:
North Face Right aka Your Climbing Makes My Eyes Bleed   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   The Sun Block aka Southernm...
West Face aka Sunshine Superman   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   The Sun Block aka Southernm...
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Featured Route For Ilium Boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: Sticking the crux deadpoint on 'Itsy Bitsy Spider'...

Itsy Bitsy Spider V7-8 7B  CO : Telluride/Norwood area : ... : Itsy Bitsy Boulder
Start low on two obvious crimps. Pull off the ground and make a hard move right to either one of a pair of crimps. Move the feet around and make a hard deadpoint/jump for another sloping crimp below the lip with your left. For most people, this is the crux. However, you still have to figure out a way to latch the lip, which is harder than it initially seems. This problem would be perfect if it was ten feet taller, but despite its relatively short stature, it still presents a great challenge and ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Ilium Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Christian Prellwitz bearing down for the last hard...
Christian Prellwitz bearing down for the last hard...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lexi Tuddenham 'Frogger' (V4).
Lexi Tuddenham 'Frogger' (V4).
Rock Climbing Photo: Dasha Zamolodchikov 'Snake Hole' (V2).
Dasha Zamolodchikov 'Snake Hole' (V2).
Rock Climbing Photo: Dasha Zamolodchikov enjoying an afternoon stroll o...
Dasha Zamolodchikov enjoying an afternoon stroll o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Damon Johnston 'Black & Tan Arete' (V5).
Damon Johnston 'Black & Tan Arete' (V5).
Rock Climbing Photo: Kaylie Rozen staring down 'This Airplane Will Cras...
Kaylie Rozen staring down 'This Airplane Will Cras...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ilium.
Ilium.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ilium.
Ilium.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dasha Zamolodchikov 'Rainbow Variation' (V2).
Dasha Zamolodchikov 'Rainbow Variation' (V2).
Rock Climbing Photo: Jim Hurst going for the jug on the super fun 'Bert...
Jim Hurst going for the jug on the super fun 'Bert...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ilium.
Ilium.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ilium.
Ilium.

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By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
Mar 27, 2010
Full information on the bouldering at Ilium can be found in 'A Guide To Bouldering In The Telluride & West End Areas' by Christian Prellwitz. Pick up a copy at one of the local gear shops or Between The Covers.
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
May 28, 2012


This is a video that I shot during last two weeks of March of some of the best problems in Ilium. There are certainly plenty of great problems that I didn't have the time to climb/film for this video, but I tried to choose some area testpieces, as well as some more obscure problems in order to entice people to check them out! My hope is to eventually do a movie like this for the Mine Boulders and the Tree House as well. We'll see.

The grades of several problems are different from what I gave them in the guidebook. These grades are just my thoughts after having the last five or so years to refine the grades a bit. Any comments/thoughts/suggestions/questions are greatly appreciated. Enjoy!
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
May 4, 2013
Telluride Bouldering Beta Part 4- More From The Ilium Boulders
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Here's another video that was filmed during the Fall of 2012. The goal was to continue to showcase some of best problems in Telluride, at all grades. I also made it a point to show some newer problems that were cleaned and climbed since the guidebook came out. These include 'Year Of Hibernation', 'Rainy Days In Bas Cuvier', 'Headlights Like Diamonds', 'The Hurst Problem' and 'Super Frogger'.

Problems shown include: 'All Our Yesterdays' (V6), 'Year Of Hibernation' (V6), 'Rainy Days In Bas Cuvier' (V3/4), 'Headlights Like Diamonds' (V5/6), 'Pinch' (V4), 'Fuck The Method' (V5), 'The Hurst Problem' (V5), 'Super Frogger' (V6), 'Free Range Sit' (V4) and 'Your Climbing Makes My Eyes Bleed' (V1+).

Some of the grades are different than what was given in the guidebook. This is simply an attempt to reflect the current grade consensus for each problem.

Hopefully this video will inspire and motivate people to visit/explore Ilium and Telluride. As always, comments/questions/thoughts are always welcome!

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