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Areas in Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff

Aircraft Carrier, The 0 / 5 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Bikini Bottom 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
Booth Creek Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Fraggle Rock 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Gilman Canyon 5 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Gravity Garden aka The Mushroom Garden, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 28 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28
Homestake Road Crag 0 / 12 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Hornsilver 3 / 12 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Jellystone Park 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Klettergarden, The 0 / 0 / 1 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Creek) 0 / 79 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 79
Misc Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Roof Rock 2 / 4 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Vail Ski Resort 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Wolcott Crags and Boulders 22 / 18 / 2 / 36 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 76

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

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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.
V3 6A
 3
Han Throwlo
Boulder
V5 6C
 18
Golden Years
Boulder
V5 6C
 28
V5
Boulder
V6- 7A
 23
Star Crossed Lovers
Boulder
V6 7A
 53
The Minturn Mile
Boulder
V8 7B
 16
Return of the Jedi
Boulder
V9 7C
 5
Cool Arete
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 48
Drilla From Manilla
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 39
Snail Trail
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 23
Chupacabra
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 34
Old School
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 55
Uckfay Ushbay
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 25
Smoke on the Water
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 11
Momentary Lack of Resin
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 18
Snipe Hunter
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Han Throwlo Gravity Garden… > Anti-Gravity Wall
 3
V3 6A Boulder
Golden Years Wolcott Crags a… > Waterside Boulder
 18
V5 6C Boulder
V5 Klettergarden > Boulder A
 28
V5 6C Boulder
Star Crossed Lovers Aircraft Carrier
 23
V6- 7A Boulder
The Minturn Mile Klettergarden > Minturn Mile Boulder
 53
V6 7A Boulder
Return of the Jedi Klettergarden > Minturn Mile Boulder
 16
V8 7B Boulder
Cool Arete Aircraft Carrier
 5
V9 7C Boulder
Drilla From Manilla Lime Park (a.k.… > Prow
 48
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Snail Trail Lime Park (a.k.… > Prow
 39
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Chupacabra Wolcott Crags a… > Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
 23
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Old School Lime Park (a.k.… > Prow
 34
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Uckfay Ushbay Lime Park (a.k.… > N Wall
 55
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Smoke on the Water Lime Park (a.k.… > Punchbowl
 25
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Momentary Lack of Resin Lime Park (a.k.… > Punchbowl
 11
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
Snipe Hunter Lime Park (a.k.… > Punchbowl
 18
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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I have a copy of an old handmade guide for the area, mostly Gilman Canyon. Willing to donate this to anyone in the area in need of one.

Wondering if anyone has a copy of the Wolcott guide. It is out of print, and I would love to get a copy of it. Mar 13, 2016

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