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The Wet Mountains are the hidden gem of Southern Colorado climbing, boasting steep sport granite and multi-pitch trad climbing. During the winter months, ice climbing is also possible.
The most popular area is Tanner Dome in the Oak Creek area. Tanner Dome, not be confused with Tanner Rock (Raven Buttress) which is also in the Wet Mountains but at Hardscrabble Pass, contains an assortment of quality routes on South Platte like rock. Most routes are one to three pitch bolted sport routes, with only one few trad lines. During the winter, the area can be sheltered from winds and pleasant to climb.
Map of general area around Florence.
Information about the Wet Mountains is currently on the light side, so if you are venturing down there, a handy resource would be the area's guidebook, The Ripper: Climbing in Colorado's Wet Mountains, available from Sharp End Publishing stores.sharpendbooks.com/cl…;page=3 and climbing shops. Bob and Carrie Robertson's guide The Sunny Side of Voyageur found atclimbingpamphlet.com is a good reference too.
SoCO CRAG is the local access organization.
Bats - conservation
See a bat on a route, give a shout. 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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting their website to learn more (climbersforbats.colostate.edu/).
Zoologist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program (sites.warnercnr.colostate.e…)
Director, Climbers for Bat Conservation
Classic Climbing Routes at The Wet Mountains
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