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RMNP Bouldering Areas Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 910,000'
Location: 40.31178, -105.64466 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    This area comprises the main bouldering areas in Rocky Mountain National Park including: Chaos Canyon, Tyndall Gorge (containing Emerald Lake and the Hallett's Boulder), and miscellaneous boulders such as Lonestar/Stinkbug. Specific descriptions are found under the respective areas.

    If you want to add any problems in RMNP, check to make sure there is not an area or boulder already set up that it can be added to. Do not add individual problems to this site unless there is an area and boulder description in place. If there aren't any, feel free to add them, but make sure the descriptions are detailed and accurate for all three, area, boulder, and problem.

    Getting There 

    Access generally through the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station though other access points may be needed, depending on the areas.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 8.4 miles from here

    100 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',44],['2 Stars',29],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in RMNP Bouldering Areas

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for RMNP Bouldering Areas:
    Beginner's Luck   V2 5+     Boulder, Alpine   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
    Potato Chip Layback   V3 6A     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   Lower Chaos Canyon : The Potato Chip Boulder
    Autobot   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, Alpine, 20'   Lower Chaos Canyon : The Gobot Boulder
    The Cube V5   V5- 6C     Boulder, Alpine   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
    The Kind (originally In Your Face, then Standard Overhang - after the block was removed)   V5 6C     Boulder, Alpine, 12'   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
    Potato Chip Pinch   V5 6C     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   Lower Chaos Canyon : The Potato Chip Boulder
    Counter Attack *   V5+ 6C+     Boulder, Alpine   Lower Chaos Canyon : Revenge Area
    Tiger Stripes   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, Alpine   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
    Revenge   V6- 7A     Boulder, Alpine   Lower Chaos Canyon : Revenge Area
    The Cube V6   V6- 7A     Boulder, Alpine   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
    Kneebar   V6 7A     Boulder, Alpine   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
    Interference aka Geeks of the Industry   V6+ 7A     Boulder, Alpine, 9'   Lower Chaos Canyon : Geeks of the Industry Bould...
    Potato Chip   V7- 7A+     Boulder, Alpine, 15'   Lower Chaos Canyon : The Potato Chip Boulder
    Tommy's Arete   V7 7A+     Boulder, Alpine   Lower Chaos Canyon : The Automator Boulder
    Right El Jorge   V8 7B     Boulder, Alpine   Upper Chaos Canyon : El Jorge Boulder
    Gang Bang   V8 7B     Boulder, Alpine, 10'   Lower Chaos Canyon : Centaur Boulder
    Skipper D   V8 7B     Boulder, Alpine   Upper Chaos Canyon : Skipper Roof
    Handicapps   V9 7C     Boulder, Alpine, 11'   Lower Chaos Canyon : Centaur Boulder
    Deep Puddle Dynamics   V9+ 7C     Boulder, Alpine, 20'   Lower Chaos Canyon : Deep Puddle Dynamics
    Whispers of Wisdom   V10 7C+     Boulder, Alpine, 12'   Tyndall Gorge : Emerald Lake
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Tcamillieri on Whispers of Wisdom, V10.

    Whispers of Wisdom V10 7C+  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Emerald Lake
    One of the very best boulder problems in all of Colorado. Starts on two opposed crimps and makes a desperate move to a good, left-facing edge. Continue through a series of compression, slappy moves. There are three hard moves on this boulder problem. The first is the first move. The second is a long reach on a blocky undercling to a decent, incut crimp. The third is at the lip moving from a terrible sloper to a decent full pad crimp. Lots of people fall turning the lip... and there's a 25...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

    Comments on RMNP Bouldering Areas Add Comment
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    By Tanner Mitchell
    From: Fort Collins CO
    Mar 21, 2010
    Anyone ever boulder on the walls just before Mills Lake? I was messing around on the wall just after you take the steep incline and go under the fallen tree - there's a fun overhanging problem right away, and a few lines as you go down the rock. I couldn't top any of them due to the snow, so I figured I'd put this up to see if anyone knows if these have names/grades.
    By Fred Knapp
    Jul 12, 2011
    Jamie Emerson's new bouldering guide to RMNP and Mt.Evans has arrived.
    By Stephen Nance
    From: Boulder, CO
    Aug 3, 2011
    Jamie Emerson's book is now available at Neptune Mountaineering. Come get it while it's hott!!!
    By Sean Morgan
    From: Boulder, CO
    Sep 14, 2011
    Is there any info on here for the Moraine Park boulders?
    By Leo Paik
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Sep 15, 2011
    There hasn't been much added for that area. There is a the beginning of a subarea here.
    By Peter Beal
    From: Boulder Colorado
    Sep 16, 2011
    For me, there will be a short hiatus on adding info to give the guidebook some elbow room for sales.
    By Jason Scott Heacock
    From: Nashua, NH
    Dec 15, 2011
    Does anyone know if you're able to camp out at (any) of these bouldering destinations? As in near the rocks, in the canyon, etc....

    By Guy H.
    From: Fort Collins CO
    Dec 15, 2011
    I am pretty sure you are not allowed to camp in the bouldering areas. I think bivy permits are only for roped climbs. See the RMNP website for more details.
    By Peter Beal
    From: Boulder Colorado
    Dec 16, 2011
    You can camp at Mount Evans, but RMNP is very tightly controlled for bivying and camping. The hike in, even to Upper, is not much more than an hour, so even if it was allowed, camping would be more trouble than it was worth.

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