Elevation: 8,500 ft
GPS: 39.643, -106.379 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: John McNamee on Mar 4, 2006
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

This area encompasses a geographic location with a variety of vertical type experiences. You probably have heard most about the Vail ice and you can find that under the CO ice/mixed section. In this section, you will find various rock cragging on sandstone, limestone, gneiss, schist, and even some granite. While this generally has little for a destination type of experience, there is still some interesting crags to find vertical pleasure.

Some of the climbing here is protected in information accessibility and locals may cringe to see non-Eagle county folks playing here. Nonetheless, we have to share amiably and symbiose.

Some of the better known areas include Lime Park's limestone, Wolcott's sandstone & nearby Gilman's gneiss, but there is more for the exploring types.

Due to the increased elevation, most of the cragging in this area is limited to April to October times.

Getting There

As a well-known ski area, this general location is easy to find. I-70 accesses this area from either east or west (100 miles West of Denver). From the south, you can access this area via CO Hwy 9 (past Copper Mountain) or US 24 (through Minturn). From the north, you can access this area via CO Hwy 9 (Silverthorne) or CO Hwy 131 (Wolcott). The ice cragging is mostly visible from I-70. Parking is challenging, since all street parking in Vail is subject to ticketing. Gilman, illegal to access, is reached via US 24 south from Minturn.

Weather

You can check NOAA.

Leadville climbing website

www.40minutesfromleadville.com

Nearby Leadville

Since we split off Leadville, click here to find Leadville crags.

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 (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 

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Classic Climbing Routes at Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V5 6C
 40
V5
Boulder
V6- 7A
 40
Star Crossed Lovers
Boulder
V6 7A
 75
The Minturn Mile
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 79
Drilla From Manilla
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 64
Snail Trail
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 39
Chupacabra
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 57
Corporate Greed
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 57
Old School
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 84
Rafting with Rednecks (aka "Test")
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 99
Uckfay Ushbay
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 55
Pineapple Thunderpussy (aka Magi…
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 37
Smoke on the Water
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 48
The Bush League
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 42
Drive By Shooting
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 29
Momentary Lack of Resin
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
V5 Klettergarden > Boulder A
 40
V5 6C Boulder
Star Crossed Lovers Aircraft Carrier
 40
V6- 7A Boulder
The Minturn Mile Klettergarden > Minturn Mile Boulder
 75
V6 7A Boulder
Drilla From Manilla Lime Park (a.k.… > Prow
 79
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Snail Trail Lime Park (a.k.… > Prow
 64
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Chupacabra Wolcott Crags &… > Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
 39
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Corporate Greed Lime Park (a.k.… > Punchbowl
 57
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Old School Lime Park (a.k.… > Prow
 57
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rafting with Rednecks (aka… Lime Park (a.k.… > N Wall
 84
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Uckfay Ushbay Lime Park (a.k.… > N Wall
 99
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Pineapple Thunderpussy (aka… Lime Park (a.k.… > N Wall
 55
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Smoke on the Water Lime Park (a.k.… > Punchbowl
 37
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Bush League Lime Park (a.k.… > N Wall
 48
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Drive By Shooting Lime Park (a.k.… > Punchbowl
 42
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Momentary Lack of Resin Lime Park (a.k.… > Punchbowl
 29
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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