The Airy Block Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: View of The Airy Block from the parking area.
The Airy Block is host to a number of climbs whose primary attraction is their ease-of-access. The setting here is about as far removed from a wilderness experience as you can get. That being said, this is a great place to go when you have a limited amount of time and you're anxious to get a few quick pitches in.
There are trad, sport and mixed climbs here, of various quality. Some of these climbs would be classic if they were anywhere else.
I was particularly drawn to this area because in a couple of hours I could drive from my home in Glenwood and climb several hundred feet of laps rope soloing before heading home. It's kind of an outdoor gym in that way.
Travel westbound on I-70 from the Hanging Lake exit in Glenwood Canyon (if you're coming from Glenwood you'll have to drive to the Hanging Lake exit and get back on I-70 going westbound). About 2 miles from the Hanging Lake exit, around mile marker 123, look for a break in the concrete traffic barrier on the right side of the interstate as you round a right curve. You'll come to one break and then the break for the Airy Block is another 1/4 mile or so. Quickly pull off to the side of the interstate and back up into the break where there is a good-sized pullout with a gate blocking passage to an old road (for a mine or for the power plant-?). Park out of the way of the no parking signs and a few steps away from the Airy Block.
Climbing Season For the Glenwood Canyon area.
Weather station 1.2 miles from here
8 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For The Airy Block
South Face Left Side 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a CO
: Glenwood Springs
: ... : Roadside Fin
Start on the arete or on the left (west) side of the arete and climb the south face. The crux is some reachy moves before or through the roof at midheight. Significantly easier climbing is found above. Where the crux is will probably be rather height dependent on this route. Shares anchor with the Right Side West Face route....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
By Joshua Griffin
From: Glenwood Springs, CO
Apr 19, 2016
So, I think I have had three (maybe four) conversations with either maintenance personnel or law enforcement about parking here. The opinions are mixed between them all, but the last interaction wasn't exactly good.
A highway patrolman stopped with some maintenance guys we had spoken to earlier, and he said we absolutely cannot be there; he made some foolish passing comment about being arrested. I'm not going back unfortunately. I'll be looking into getting permission/speaking to the right people to make sure it is okay to park in the pullout. If you know how to go about this, please get in touch with me through the site here.