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Areas in Carbondale Area

Coal Creek Boulders 0 / 5 / 8 / 31 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 39
Frying Pan, The 11 / 22 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
Lizard Lake 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Narrows, The 21 / 43 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 59
Redstone Area 3 / 18 / 0 / 57 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 78

Introduction

Situated between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, Carbondale lies in the shadow of 12,953-foot Mount Sopris, and is a small but growing town of about 6000 people. Cardondale is quickly becoming one of the most sought out places to live in Colorado if not the USA according the magazines such as Outside and Adventure. It is also the home of the two largest climbing magazines, Climbing and Rock and Ice so you would expect some good climbing close by!

Outdoor activities aren't limited to climbing, with great biking, kayaking and fly-fishing in the summer and excellent cross-country and backcountry skiing as well. It is also the home of Lou Dawson. one of the country's true backcountry ski pioneer's and member of the Colorado Ski and Board Hall of fame. Also, not to forget is that Aspen is 20 minutes up the road.

Getting There

Carbondale is located 170 miles west of Denver and 30 miles north of Aspen in the heart of Colorado's central Rocky Mountains. It is accessible from Interstate-70 through Glenwood Springs, which is 12 miles north of Carbondale.

Carbondale offers convenient access to three commercial airports: Aspen, Eagle and Grand Junction. It is approximately a three hour drive to Denver International Airport.

There is daily bus service to and from Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Aspen. Greyhound buses and Amtrack passenger trains arrive daily in Glenwood Springs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Carbondale Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V5 6C
Corkscrew
Boulder
V5+ 6C+
Linkenstein
Boulder
V6 7A
Slopenstein
Boulder
V7-8 7B
Frankenstein
Boulder
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Been Caught Stealin'
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Jenga Buttress Crack aka 10a Crack
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Nose Job
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Party At Your Mama's House
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Meaty, Beaty, Big, and Bouncy
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Cleanup Hitter
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Throwing For Jesus
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Pocket Puzzle
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
The Anvil
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
The Technician
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Red Faction
Sport
Corkscrew Redstone Area > River Boulders > Corkscrew Boulder V5 6C Boulder
Linkenstein Redstone Area > Redstone Boulders > Stein Boulder V5+ 6C+ Boulder
Slopenstein Redstone Area > Redstone Boulders > Stein Boulder V6 7A Boulder
Frankenstein Redstone Area > Redstone Boulders > Stein Boulder V7-8 7B Boulder
Been Caught Stealin' Narrows > Schoolyard 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Jenga Buttress Crack aka 1… Narrows > Narrows Proper 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Nose Job Frying Pan > Skillet 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Party At Your Mama's House Narrows > Front Porch 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Meaty, Beaty, Big, and Bouncy Redstone Area > Redstein > 1st Band 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Cleanup Hitter Narrows > Front Porch 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Throwing For Jesus Frying Pan > Skillet 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Pocket Puzzle Redstone Area > Redstein > 2nd Band 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
The Anvil Redstone Area > Redstein > 2nd Band 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
The Technician Frying Pan > Skillet 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Red Faction Narrows > Narrows Proper 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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SKI FOUND IN CRYSTAL CHUTE, MOUNT SOPRIS

I located your ski in the upper part of the Crystal Chute the other day. Dynafit ski with an AT binding. Unfortunately, there was no way I was carrying it out with the impending mammoth bushwack back to the trailhead. I planted it straight out of the slope at the bottom of the hourglass. You should be able to see it with a good pair of binocs from HWY 133 south of Carbondale. May 21, 2008

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