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Areas in Telluride/Norwood area

Ames Wall 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Bear Creek 0 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 22
Bilk Creek Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Clay Creek Crag 3 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Cove, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Falls Walls, The 1 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
Gold Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Hamilton 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Ilium Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Mill Creek Wall 4 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Mine Boulders, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Needle Rock 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Ophir 91 / 34 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 120
Pipeline Wall 1 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Society Turn 1 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Telluride Edge 4 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Elevation: 8,789 ft
GPS: 37.939, -107.816 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Matthew Ver Eecke on May 30, 2007 with updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

This is probably the most remote part of Colorado. It is a great place to find new climbs, escape the crowds of the crags close to the populus, and try a variety of great climbs.

Getting There

Take I-70 to Grand Junction. Head south to Ouray, Telluride, Durango, Norwood, & Ridgeway.

263 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Telluride/Norwood area

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Ame's Way
Sport 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Pirouette
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Chewbacca
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Skylight Arete
Sport 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Hot Wee Wee
Trad 5 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Orange Peel
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Rocksteady
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Y-Crack
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
Tick Fever
Trad, Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Whipping Post
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Lobotomy
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
White Salamander
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Big Bird
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Savelli Express
Trad 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ame's Way Pipeline Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 3 pitches
Pirouette Ophir > Cracked Canyon 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Chewbacca Ophir > Cracked Canyon 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Skylight Arete Pipeline Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 3 pitches
Hot Wee Wee Ophir > Ophir Wall > Main Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Orange Peel Ophir > Cracked Canyon 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Rocksteady Pipeline Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Cheeseburger in Paradise Ophir > Ophir Wall > Main Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad
Y-Crack Ophir > Ophir Wall > Main Wall 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Tick Fever Ophir > Cracked Canyon 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad, Sport
Whipping Post Pipeline Wall 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Lobotomy Falls Walls > Main Wall 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
White Salamander Ophir > Ophir Wall > Main Wall 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Big Bird Bear Creek > Sesame Street 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Savelli Express Ophir > Ophir Wall > Main Wall 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Trad 8 pitches
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Christian Prellwitz
Telluride, CO
Christian Prellwitz   Telluride, CO
vimeo.com/186352008

Just thought I'd share this with area climbers.

Over the last few years, Telluride has seen a huge wave of bouldering development. This development has added 6 completely new areas and over 300 new problems. This film documents some of the new climbs that were put up in Telluride this season. Detailed information for each problem and area shown in this video will be provided in the new Telluride Bouldering guidebook, which will hopefully be released sometime in the summer of 2017. In the meantime, enjoy the film, and get psyched about all the new lines.

Problems shown are (in order): 'A Ghost To Me' (V8), 'Letting Go' (V8/9) FA, 'Mine(d) Party' (V8/9) FA, 'Blood Meridian Direct' (V8/9), 'Grandma's Recliner' (V2) FA, 'New Wave' (V7/8) FA, 'Blue Moon Arete' (V7-) FA, 'Pigeons Playing Ping Pong' (V5) FA, 'Skip's Hard One' (V8), 'Shothole Direct' (V4-), 'Incomplete' (V7) FA, 'Where I End And You Begin' (V8/9) FA, 'Rico Suave' (V9) FA, 'Late For The Sky' (V6ish) FA, 'Black Center' (V5?), Milk Pillow Blues (V1) and 'Party Pony' (V2) possible FA. Oct 11, 2016
Anybody know of any good camping in this area? Apr 20, 2015
Telluride Rocks is indeed out of print; however, there is a copy at the local shop called Jagged Edge on the east end of Main St. in Telluride. There is also a new topo poster of the Ophir Wall produced by Clay Wadman (a guy who made the El Cap, Half Dome, & Diamond posters), that is also available at
Jagged Edge. Most of the local climbing info is housed in that shop, so a stop by there is advisable if you're climbing in the area.

Many excellent sport routes exist in the Telluride Valley including a 10b (The Joker) that climbs out of the Main Event of the via ferrata and along the cliff below the VF and across the valley on the shady, north-facing walls. On the shady side's Umbrella Wall is the classic 5 pitch sport route called High Lonesome (11b/c).

Climbing in Ophir offers more trad routes and excellent multi-pitch climbing, although one must beware of loose rock.

Have fun out there, and be safe. Jan 28, 2015
Anyone have beta on sport routes above and below the via's main event? Grades? Oct 10, 2014
Christian Prellwitz
Telluride, CO
Christian Prellwitz   Telluride, CO
Sean--

Currently, the guidebook for roped climbing in the area- 'Telluride Rocks'- is out of print. If you're interested in bouldering, you can find the guidebook that I wrote- 'A Guide To Bouldering In The Telluride & The West End Areas'- in many of the shops in town (and throughout Colorado).

I know there is a lot of interest in 'Telluride Rocks', so hopefully either Damon or myself will work towards printing a new batch sometime soon. In the meantime, make friends and borrow their copies! :) May 25, 2013
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
There is an ?old Fowler guidebook?, Telluride Rocks that covers some of this area. May 25, 2013
Does anybody know what the guidebook for this area is? May 25, 2013
Jonathan F
Telluride, CO
Jonathan F   Telluride, CO
I am getting ready to move to Telluride for the winter season to work at the ski resort. I was wondering if there is any good indoor climbing gyms in the area. Can't wait to get covered in snow, but don't want to loose this climbing seasons progress. Thanks! Nov 2, 2011
Jeff Sawicki
Rocklin
Jeff Sawicki   Rocklin
Thank you very much for the info. Everybody seems hush hush about this, which I can understand, but I also feel that if somebody has made the effort to ask, they should be answered. May 20, 2011
It's located only a couple miles from Telluride and is visible from town. It traverses a large cliff wall below Ajax Peak on a continuos horizontal ledge system that is about 200-300 ft. up. You can access it from the left or right edge. Most of it is non-technical hiking, but sections with exposure have fixed cables to clip into.
There is one short section that has HUGE exposure were you climb around a corner on fixed ladder rungs with about 300 ft. of air under you.
Bring regular hiking shoes, a climbing harness, a couple long sling and locking biners, and a helmet.
It takes about 2-3 hrs to do the whole thing. Bring a camera... it's an amazingly beautiful setting!

P.S.- The ledge does go right above the Pipeline Wall cragging area. Please be very careful with loose rocks!!! May 6, 2011
Jeff Sawicki
Rocklin
Jeff Sawicki   Rocklin
I am looking for any information on the via ferrata in the Telluride area but haven't had any luck yet. Anybody able to help with that?

Thanks Apr 25, 2011

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