Description

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

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.

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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
 138
The Kind (originally In Your Fac…
Boulder, Alpine
V7 7A+
 100
Tommy's Arete
Boulder, Alpine
5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
 82
Little Bear-Blanca Traverse
Trad, Alpine
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R
 100
Wham Ridge
Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 210
Northeast Ridge
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 199
Ellingwood Ledges
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 454
South Face
Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 303
Culp-Bossier
Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 408
Casual Route
Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 92
Southwest Corner
Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 196
The Barb
Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 130
The Flying Buttress
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 90
Days of Heaven
Trad 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 215
Pervertical Sanctuary
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 82
D7
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Kind (originally In You… RMNP - Rock > … > Tyndall Gorge > Emerald Lake
 138
V5 6C Boulder, Alpine
Tommy's Arete RMNP - Rock > … > Lower Chaos Canyon > Automator Boulder
 100
V7 7A+ Boulder, Alpine
Little Bear-Blanca Traverse Blanca Peak
 82
5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c Trad, Alpine
Wham Ridge San Juans > Grenadiers > Vestal Peak
 100
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R Trad, Alpine 10 pitches
Northeast Ridge RMNP - Rock > Sharkstooth
 210
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Ellingwood Ledges Crestones
 199
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine
South Face RMNP - Rock > Petit Grepon
 454
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
Culp-Bossier RMNP - Rock > Hallett Peak
 303
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
Casual Route RMNP - Rock > Long's Peak > Diamond
 408
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 7 pitches
Southwest Corner RMNP - Rock > Saber
 92
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 8 pitches
The Barb RMNP - Rock > Glacier Gorge > Spearhead
 196
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 9 pitches
The Flying Buttress RMNP - Rock > Mt Meeker
 130
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Days of Heaven RMNP - Rock > Fern Canyon Rocks > Rock Of Ages
 90
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Pervertical Sanctuary RMNP - Rock > Long's Peak > Diamond
 215
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
D7 RMNP - Rock > Long's Peak > Diamond
 82
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
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George Perkins
The Dungeon, NM
George Perkins   The Dungeon, NM
As I've been looking for mountain climbs to do recently, I'll suggest this page would be a bit more user-friendly with a bit more re-organization of sub-areas. I'll suggest the below as a start, similar to how its done in the 14er guides, but keeping individual Front Range areas separated.

1) Tenmile Range
----all currently listed areas
----Fletcher Peak to Atlantic Peak
----Pacific Peak
----Quandary Peak
2) Sawatch Range (needs a new page)
----Frasco's Toe
----Grizzly Peak
----Holy Cross Wilderness
--------Mount of the Holy Cross
----La Plata
3) Elk Mountains (needs a new page)
----Capitol Peak
----Chimneys of Treasure
----Maroon Bells
----Pyramid Peak
4) San Juans
----All currently listed areas
----Babcock Peak
----Rolling Mountain
----All peaks from Northern San Juans
5) Sangre de Cristo Range (needs a new page)
----Blanca Peak
----The Crestones
----Ellingwood Point
----Fluted Peak
----Little Bear Peak
----Tijeras Peak
6) Gore Mountain Range
----All currently listed areas
----Buffalo Mountain – move to the Buffalo Mtn page already listed under Gore

These are the Front Range areas:

7) Indian Peaks -as is
8) Mt. Evans
----All currently listed areas
----Sawtooth Ridge, Mt. Bierstadt/Evans combo
9) RMNP - Rock –as is
10) Torrey's Peak – doesn’t really fit in other areas
11) The Citadel – doesn’t really fit in other areas
12-100) Other areas/ranges as they get posted, e.g. (Pikes Peak, etc.) Jul 22, 2016