This route shares the bolt anchors with the Javelin, 5.11a, which is a beautiful splitter hand crack in an overhanging wall. Cello follows a left-facing corner system to the left of the Javelin, which is about 75 feet from the mouth of canyon on the left wall.The crux start is quite overhanging, and is climbed with a mixture of sidepulls, underclings, and jams. Fiddling in good gear at the start is tough, so get an idea of the pieces you will need before you start out....[more]Browse More Classics in CO
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!!!
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!