Elevation: 9,097 ft
GPS: 39.181, -107.241 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Scott Leonard on Nov 29, 1999 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Ice Climbing

The Crystal River valley near Redstone is the home of several ice climbs. The routes in the Redstone area, except Marble Falls, rely on snowpack to form. In a lean year, things can be pretty grim. The area has the geologic potential to go off if the conditions are right: lots of cliffs and grottos fed by large snow slopes. Keep your ear to the ground on Redstone if there are BIG snowfalls and freeze thaw cycles- the area could have many plums. In a regular year, you are better off continuing a few more hours to Ouray.

The main town servicing the area is Carbondale, which has all the facilities: liquor, beer, wine, groceries, motels etc. I recommend Dos Gringos burritos off CO Hwy 133 near GJ Pipe for good, quick Mexican.

[Eds. Please note that this well-known area has significant access issues. Please check out the issues & please respect private property boundaries. Peace.]

Getting There

To get to the Crystal River Valley, exit I-70 at Glenwood Springs, take CO Hwy 82 SE (follow signs for Aspen). After about 10 miles on CO 82, exit at Carbondale and head south on CO Hwy 133 towards Redstone and Marble. The various routes are spread along the valley starting at the Narrows (the really chossy and shortlived granite section of the canyon) and ending in Marble.

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