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Ptarmigan Creek Area 

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This area offers some pretty good sport climbing from 5.6 to 5.12 with most routes falling in the 5.10 to 5.11 range. All of the cliffs face south, but their aspects vary from slightly east to slightly west so finding shade is still possible. Rock quality also varies but is generally really good especially on the more popular routes.

Getting There 

This group of cliffs is located about 10 miles east of Aspen and has three separate parking areas depending on which walls your trying to get to. Parking for most of the climbs is on the north side of the road just before the MM 52 sign.

Climbing Season

33 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ptarmigan Creek Area:
Bucket Brigade   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Storm Jumper Wall
Truth Decay   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Greg's Cliff
5.9 Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Greg's Cliff
This Way or That   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Greg's Cliff
Storm Jumper   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Storm Jumper Wall
Baba Fats   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Greg's Cliff
A Broad's Side Of A Barn Door   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Greg's Cliff
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Featured Route For Ptarmigan Creek Area
Storm Jumper, Ptarmagin Creek, Independence Pass, Co.

Storm Jumper 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : Independence Pass : ... : Storm Jumper Wall
If this route were 3 degrees less overhanging, it would be 5.8! If the holds were not all huge ladder rungs, it would be 5.12! The combination of these two things conspiring on this little stretch of real estate results in a classic Pass jug haul. Short, vertical and easy (5.7) run out section leads to super steep & fun climbing. You will not believe how good every hold is!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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