Elevation: 6,593 ft
GPS: 37.318, -107.836 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: e Dixon on Apr 28, 2006 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

East Animas (East A) is located just outside town and is the local trad climbing hangout. There are many fine bolted climbs, but many of these require some gear. The rock is Sandstone of varying quality. The routes are one or two pitches in length and range in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.13. There are several area classics on the Watch Crystal, which is one of the best pieces of stone in the Durango area. There are many other scattered gems, plenty of adventure, some loose rock, good old-fashion sandbags, and overall good fun to be had!

East A is west facing and the cliff is shady in the morning and sunny in the afternoon. Typically the best seasons are spring and fall. Summer mornings and winter afternoons can also be pleasant.

Getting There

The area is located on the east side of the Animas Valley. You can see the rock when driving north out of town. Take County Road 250 north from Durango for almost a couple of miles, and locate a dirt parking lot on the east side of the road. It is just past an old barn. There is a sign for East Animas Climbing in the parking lot. The approach trail leads to the base of the Watch Crystal. The surrounding land is private, so respect the locals that live in the area. PLEASE PICK UP YOUR BUTTS AND BEER CANS. The parking area has seen some abuse and none of us want that kind of attention being drawn to the area or the local climbing community.

Google Earth of the East Animas crags. The approach trail leads to the Watch Crystal.

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Classic Climbing Routes at East Animas

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 92
Yellow Pages
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 70
Byrd's Classic
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 71
Apple Cider
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 100
Bush & Dirt Crack aka Pseudo-Cen…
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 82
Simians to the Sun
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 45
Texas Sucks
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 84
Pale Skinned Nebraskan (submitte…
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 37
Push-Me-Pull-You
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 59
Apes of Wrath
Sport 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 26
Double Exposure
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 49
Durangutan
Trad, Sport 3 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 62
Watch Crystal Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 34
Crime & Punishment
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 22
The Love Movement
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 11
Valhalla
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Yellow Pages Watch Crystal
 92
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Byrd's Classic Byrd's
 70
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Apple Cider Apple Cider
 71
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Bush & Dirt Crack aka Pseud… Jabba Buttress
 100
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Simians to the Sun Watch Crystal
 82
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Texas Sucks Apple Cider
 45
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Pale Skinned Nebraskan (sub… Jabba Buttress
 84
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Push-Me-Pull-You Watch Crystal
 37
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Apes of Wrath Watch Crystal
 59
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Double Exposure Watch Crystal
 26
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Durangutan Watch Crystal
 49
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport 3 pitches
Watch Crystal Crack Watch Crystal
 62
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 2 pitches
Crime & Punishment Watch Crystal
 34
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Love Movement Jabba Buttress
 22
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Valhalla Apple Cider
 11
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Trad, Sport 2 pitches
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