|Ouray vicinity (rock)
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All aspects, and all weather conditions abound. Seasonal at some areas, crowded at times. Several different types of rock in the area supply the ADHD climber with some options. Easy to hard climbing with loads of potential.
Eds. Note, this are was moved to the rock section to facilitate organization. The area was subdivided after user suggestion to facilitate use.
MapQuest Ouray to get here, then go see Bill Leo at Ouray Mountain Sports on Main St. (US Hwy 550) for beta. This locale is located between Montrose & Durango.
143 Total Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',64],['2 Stars',57],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',1]
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Circular Semantics (aka Justin's Route) 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b CO
: Ouray vicinity (rock)
: Ouray Rotary Park-Rink Wall
"Circular Semantics" starts on the ledge, midway up the wall, on the west face of Rotary Park. It climbs past five bolts up the steep overhanging, orange and blue striped wall. It is best to either scramble up to the ledge via easy climbing, or climb one of the easier routes to a two bolt belay at the start of the route. It is better to belay from the ledge. Belaying from the ground causes many rope drag issues. The climbing is steep, powerful, and short. The anchor is equipped with rappel rings...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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|By Jason Nelson|
From: SLC, UT
Apr 24, 2007
Ouray has over 150 routes (as of 4/2007) on 6 different rock types (limestone, quartzite, welded tuff/volcanic ash, Cutler sandstone, and a metamorphic sandstone). There is a guidebook available at Ouray Mountain Sports (www.ouraysports.com). Most of the routes are bolted sport climbs, but some are trad and some are a mix of bolts and gear. The majority of the climbs are in the 5.11 and 5.12 range, but more and more of all types of routes are being established. Generally the routes are technical in nature, but there are a few pumpy ones to be found as well. Rock climbing season is at its best in the summer when it's too hot everywhere else, but it can be possible to climb rock on a warm sunny day midwinter. You just might be post-holing to get the climbs. Fortunately, they are not far from the car. Approaches are usually less than 25 minutes.
|By Jim Donini|
Sep 12, 2007
Too bad that the only climbs you have listed for the Pool Wall are the ones in the alcove. Except for The Groove and the Boom Boom Room the alcove routes suck compared to the main wall area. There are 80 routes (75 sport) and most of them are excellent. There are also several other venues in the area on three types of rock- metamorphised sandstone, quartzite and limestone. Good climbing with different sun exposures and no crowds. Jason Nelson's guide is available at Ouray Mountain Sports. Enjoy!
Mar 8, 2009
Yeah, the alcove sucks. Keep on walking to the main walls for the good climbing. Don't know why anyone would want to climb in the bottom of a rockslide zone anyway....
|By Bryan Gilmore|
From: Your Mama
Jun 24, 2012
Hey, JD and TRtourer... instead of bitching, just add the good routes you know of. We'd all appreciate it.
From: Durango, CO
Jul 24, 2012
Is there a guide book still in print? What's the name of it? I looked for one a month ago with no luck.
|By Fleetwood Matt|
Jul 25, 2012
Jason just put out a new version of his guidebook (July 2012). Bill has 'em at Ouray Mountain Sports.