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Ptarmigan Creek Area Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.12472, -106.67989 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Steven Lucarelli on Jun 23, 2008
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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

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

38 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ptarmigan Creek Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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
One Leg's Shorter   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Greg's Cliff
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Featured Route For Ptarmigan Creek Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Linda Chang contemplating the crux section

Baba Fats 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CO : Independence Pass : ... : Greg's Cliff
Baba Fats is on the left side of Greg's Cliff. The approach trail will drop you right in front of the route.A classic route! Although there are rests, the route is deceptively overhanging and strenuous. Follow the black streak in the rock, starting at a small slabby section. The climbing is primarily face climbing on horizontal holds. The crux is a long , strenuous section in the middle of the route. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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