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Elevation: 12,146 ft 3,702 m
GPS: 40.2565, -105.6569
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This "area" is for alpine rock climbing in Colorado. Alpine is probably the true "Mountain" Project terrain. These routes truly lie in the mountains. This is the terrain of the alpinist, the all-arounder. Generally here, you must be comfortable in whatever the environment will throw at you.

Alpine is the home of the marmots and pikas in the warmer months. In the colder months, this is the land of the frozen. Scattered here is the terrain in which weather, exposure, season, loose rock, ice, snow, route-finding, lightning, precipitation, and altitude can dramatically affect one's experience. All these climbs involve heights of at least 8,000 feet and are above treeline. With these factors comes increased risks but potential for increased rewards and memories that can last a lifetime.

Getting There Suggest change

These climbs cover the state from the Crestones, the Sangre de Cristos, the Mosquito Range, the Collegiates, the Sawatch, the San Juans, the Gores, the Front Range, the Elks, the Indian Peaks, the Mummy Range, the Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park or whatever range you wish to include. Look high and you will find them. You will drive but then you will hike, since most all of these will require some extended approaches. Some will require overnight trips. Nearly all will have season considerations for the majority of climbers.

Bats - conservation

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See a bat on a route, give a shout. Bats have been reported as high as 12,500'. Climbers for Bat Conservation is working with climbers to understand bat ecology and why bats choose certain cracks and flakes. If you see bats, and want to tell them, here is their email (climbersforbats@colostate.edu) and their website ( climbersforbats.colostate.edu/).

Climbers for Bat Conservation is a collaboration between climbers, bat biologists, and land managers to understand where bats roost and where large populations may reside. They are interested in finding bats because a new disease, called white-nose syndrome ( whitenosesyndrome.org/), has killed millions of bats in North America. This collaboration has identified bat roosts throughout the U.S., and as far away as Norway and Bulgaria. CBC was developed by biologists who climb and they are advocates for climbing access and bat conservation. If you see bats while climbing, please let them know by emailing them at climbersforbats@colostate.edu, or visiting their website to learn more ( climbersforbats.colostate.edu/).

Rob Schorr

Zoologist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program ( sites.warnercnr.colostate.e…)

Director, Climbers for Bat Conservation

Robert.schorr@colostate.edu 

1,255 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Alpine Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V5 6C
 266
The Kind (originally In Your Fac…
Boulder, Alpine
V7 7A+
 192
Tommy's Arete
Boulder, Alpine
5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
 151
Little Bear-Blanca Traverse
Trad, Alpine
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R
 168
Wham Ridge
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 378
Northeast Ridge
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 276
Ellingwood Ledges
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 720
South Face
Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 477
Culp-Bossier
Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 240
Sykes' Sickle
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 643
Casual Route
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 158
Southwest Corner
Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 323
The Barb
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 187
The Flying Buttress
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 298
Pervertical Sanctuary
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 131
D7
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Kind (originally In You… RMNP - Rock > … > Tyndall Gorge > Emerald Lake
 266
V5 6C Boulder, Alpine
Tommy's Arete RMNP - Rock > … > Lower Chaos Canyon > Automator Boulder
 192
V7 7A+ Boulder, Alpine
Little Bear-Blanca Traverse Sangre de Crist… > Blanca Peak
 151
5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c Trad, Alpine
Wham Ridge San Juans > Grenadiers > Vestal Peak
 168
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
Northeast Ridge RMNP - Rock > Sharkstooth
 378
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Ellingwood Ledges Sangre de Crist… > Crestones
 276
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
South Face RMNP - Rock > Petit Grepon
 720
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
Culp-Bossier RMNP - Rock > Hallett Peak
 477
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
Sykes' Sickle RMNP - Rock > Glacier Gorge > Spearhead
 240
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Casual Route RMNP - Rock > Long's Peak > Diamond
 643
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Southwest Corner RMNP - Rock > Saber
 158
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
The Barb RMNP - Rock > Glacier Gorge > Spearhead
 323
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
The Flying Buttress RMNP - Rock > Mt Meeker
 187
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Pervertical Sanctuary RMNP - Rock > Long's Peak > Diamond
 298
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
D7 RMNP - Rock > Long's Peak > Diamond
 131
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
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