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Telluride/Norwood area  


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Description 

This is probably the most remote part of Colorado. It is a great place to find new climbs, escape the crowds of the crags close to the populus, and try a variety of great climbs.

Getting There 

Take I-70 to Grand Junction. Head south to Ouray, Telluride, Durango, Norwood, Ridgeway.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.7 miles from here

148 Total Routes

['4 Stars',33],['3 Stars',64],['2 Stars',35],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',10],['5.8',20],['5.9',21],['5.10',43],['5.11',26],['5.12',8],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',3],['V2-3',5],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Telluride/Norwood area:
Pirouette   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Ophir : Cracked Canyon
Ame's Way   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 3 pitches, 270'   Pipeline Wall
Family Values   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 4 pitches, 200'   The Falls Walls : Family Values
Rock Cobbler   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Pipeline Wall
Chewbacca   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Ophir : Cracked Canyon
Skylight Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   Pipeline Wall
Hot Wee Wee   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Summertime   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Ophir : Cracked Canyon
Orange Peel   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Ophir : Cracked Canyon
Air Arete   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X     TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Ophir : Cracked Canyon
Rocksteady   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Pipeline Wall
Dr. Gizmo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Javelin   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Ophir : Cracked Canyon
Cheeseburger in Paradise   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Y-Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Cello   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Ophir : Cracked Canyon
Where Eagles Dare   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Ophir : Cracked Canyon
Tick Fever   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Ophir : Cracked Canyon
White Salamander   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Savelli Express   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Trad, 8 pitches, 600'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
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Featured Route For Telluride/Norwood area
Into the runout on Free Box.

Free Box 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  CO : Telluride/Norwood area : ... : Cracked Canyon
Start this exciting climb on the right side of the arete. Clip the first bolt, then wrap around the arete to the left, and clip two more bolts. There, that's the easy part, and all bolt protected. Next, climb up into the twisted dihedral above, with your last protection well below your feet. Finally, thin cracks provide protection and substantial handholds. Keep climbing past ceilings to the anchors. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Telluride/Norwood area Slideshow Add Photo
Nick and John from T ride on a backyard stroll.
Nick and John from T ride on a backyard stroll.
Peaks near Telluride from Bear Creek Canyon. Photo...
Peaks near Telluride from Bear Creek Canyon. Photo...
From El Diente toward Wilson.
From El Diente toward Wilson.
Telluride, CO. Photo by Blitzo.
Telluride, CO. Photo by Blitzo.
Drew, bouldering Telluride.
Drew, bouldering Telluride.
Aspen Forest near Telluride. Photo by Blitzo.
Aspen Forest near Telluride. Photo by Blitzo.
Telluride is located in the upper San Miguel River...
Telluride is located in the upper San Miguel River...
Coronet Falls, Telluride. Photo by Blitzo.
Coronet Falls, Telluride. Photo by Blitzo.
Cruising along the Telluride Via Ferrata on a beau...
Cruising along the Telluride Via Ferrata on a beau...
Mt. Wilson-storm. Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. Wilson-storm. Photo by Blitzo.
Bear Creek Falls, Telluride. Photo by Blitzo.
Bear Creek Falls, Telluride. Photo by Blitzo.
Telluride in May, the slow season. Photo by Blitzo...
Telluride in May, the slow season. Photo by Blitzo...
Ames Ice Hose Telluride, Ophir Loop, CO area.
Ames Ice Hose Telluride, Ophir Loop, CO area.
Bouldering near Telluride. Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering near Telluride. Photo by Blitzo.
Tride via ferrata.
Tride via ferrata.
Mt. Wilson. Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. Wilson. Photo by Blitzo.
Kilpacker Creek toward El Diente & Wilson, June 20...
Kilpacker Creek toward El Diente & Wilson, June 20...
Aspens. Photo by Blitzo.
Aspens. Photo by Blitzo.
Moon over Pilot, late Nov. 2009.
Moon over Pilot, late Nov. 2009.
Ajax Mountain at the east end of Telluride.
Ajax Mountain at the east end of Telluride.
Bridal Veil in the summer.
Bridal Veil in the summer.

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By Jeff Sawicki
Apr 25, 2011
I am looking for any information on the via ferrata in the Telluride area but haven't had any luck yet. Anybody able to help with that?

Thanks
By Bob Dobalina
May 6, 2011
It's located only a couple miles from Telluride and is visible from town. It traverses a large cliff wall below Ajax Peak on a continuos horizontal ledge system that is about 200-300 ft. up. You can access it from the left or right edge. Most of it is non-technical hiking, but sections with exposure have fixed cables to clip into.
There is one short section that has HUGE exposure were you climb around a corner on fixed ladder rungs with about 300 ft. of air under you.
Bring regular hiking shoes, a climbing harness, a couple long sling and locking biners, and a helmet.
It takes about 2-3 hrs to do the whole thing. Bring a camera... it's an amazingly beautiful setting!

P.S.- The ledge does go right above the Pipeline Wall cragging area. Please be very careful with loose rocks!!!
By Jeff Sawicki
May 20, 2011
Thank you very much for the info. Everybody seems hush hush about this, which I can understand, but I also feel that if somebody has made the effort to ask, they should be answered.
By Jonathan F
From: Telluride, CO
Nov 2, 2011
I am getting ready to move to Telluride for the winter season to work at the ski resort. I was wondering if there is any good indoor climbing gyms in the area. Can't wait to get covered in snow, but don't want to loose this climbing seasons progress. Thanks!
By Sean Dodge
May 25, 2013
Does anybody know what the guidebook for this area is?
By Leo Paik
Administrator
From: Westminster, Colorado
May 25, 2013
There is an ?old Fowler guidebook?, Telluride Rocks that covers some of this area.
By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
May 25, 2013
Sean--

Currently, the guidebook for roped climbing in the area- 'Telluride Rocks'- is out of print. If you're interested in bouldering, you can find the guidebook that I wrote- 'A Guide To Bouldering In The Telluride & The West End Areas'- in many of the shops in town (and throughout Colorado).

I know there is a lot of interest in 'Telluride Rocks', so hopefully either Damon or myself will work towards printing a new batch sometime soon. In the meantime, make friends and borrow their copies! :)
By andrewmerrill
Oct 10, 2014
Anyone have beta on sport routes above and below the via's main event? Grades?