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Chaos Canyon Bouldering 1 / 0 / 0 / 81 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 82 / 82
KB Boulder - Hollowell Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 4
RMNP Bouldering Miscellaneous Areas 0 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 11
Suzuki Boulder, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Tyndall Gorge 0 / 0 / 0 / 23 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 23 / 23
Elevation: 9,446 ft
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Shared By: Peter Beal on Oct 25, 2008
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This area comprises the main bouldering areas in Rocky Mountain National Park including: Chaos Canyon, Tyndall Gorge (containing Emerald Lake and the Hallett's Boulder), and miscellaneous boulders such as Lonestar/Stinkbug. Specific descriptions are found under the respective areas.

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Access generally through the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station though other access points may be needed, depending on the areas.

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Classic Climbing Routes at RMNP Bouldering Areas

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
Warm Up
Boulder, Alpine
V1 5
Middle Warm up
Boulder, Alpine
V3 6A
Potato Chip Layback
Boulder, Alpine
V5- 6C
Boulder, Alpine
V5- 6C
The Cube V5
Boulder, Alpine
V5 6C
The Kind (originally In Your Face, th…
Boulder, Alpine
V5 6C X
Boulder, Alpine
V6- 7A
The Cube V6
Boulder, Alpine
V6 7A
Boulder, Alpine
V7- 7A+
Potato Chip
Boulder, Alpine
V7 7A+
Tommy's Arete
Boulder, Alpine
V8 7B
Skipper D
Boulder, Alpine
V9+ 7C
Deep Puddle Dynamics
Boulder, Alpine
V10 7C+
Whispers of Wisdom
Boulder, Alpine
V11 8A
Veritas Assis
Boulder, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Warm Up Tyndall Gorge > Emerald Lake
V1 5 Boulder, Alpine
Middle Warm up Chaos Canyon Boul… > Lower Chaos Canyon > Potato Chip Boulder
V1 5 Boulder, Alpine
Potato Chip Layback Chaos Canyon Boul… > Lower Chaos Canyon > Potato Chip Boulder
V3 6A Boulder, Alpine
Autobot Chaos Canyon Boul… > Lower Chaos Canyon > Gobot Boulder
V5- 6C Boulder, Alpine
The Cube V5 Tyndall Gorge > Emerald Lake
V5- 6C Boulder, Alpine
The Kind (originally In You… Tyndall Gorge > Emerald Lake
V5 6C Boulder, Alpine
Skyscraper Chaos Canyon Boul… > Lower Chaos Canyon > Skyscraper Boulder
V5 6C X Boulder, Alpine
The Cube V6 Tyndall Gorge > Emerald Lake
V6- 7A Boulder, Alpine
Revenge Chaos Canyon Boul… > Lower Chaos Canyon > Revenge Area
V6 7A Boulder, Alpine
Potato Chip Chaos Canyon Boul… > Lower Chaos Canyon > Potato Chip Boulder
V7- 7A+ Boulder, Alpine
Tommy's Arete Chaos Canyon Boul… > Lower Chaos Canyon > Automator Boulder
V7 7A+ Boulder, Alpine
Skipper D Chaos Canyon Boul… > Upper Chaos Canyon > Skipper Roof
V8 7B Boulder, Alpine
Deep Puddle Dynamics Chaos Canyon Boul… > Lower Chaos Canyon > Deep Puddle Dynamics
V9+ 7C Boulder, Alpine
Whispers of Wisdom Tyndall Gorge > Emerald Lake
V10 7C+ Boulder, Alpine
Veritas Assis RMNP Bouldering M… > Veritas
V11 8A Boulder, Alpine
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Peter Beal
Boulder Colorado
Peter Beal   Boulder Colorado
You can camp at Mount Evans, but RMNP is very tightly controlled for bivying and camping. The hike in, even to Upper, is not much more than an hour, so even if it was allowed, camping would be more trouble than it was worth. Dec 16, 2011
Guy H.
Fort Collins CO
Guy H.   Fort Collins CO
I am pretty sure you are not allowed to camp in the bouldering areas. I think bivy permits are only for roped climbs. See the RMNP website for more details. Dec 15, 2011
Jason Scott Heacock
Milford, NH
Jason Scott Heacock   Milford, NH
Does anyone know if you're able to camp out at (any) of these bouldering destinations? As in near the rocks, in the canyon, etc....

Thanks! Dec 15, 2011
Peter Beal
Boulder Colorado
Peter Beal   Boulder Colorado
For me, there will be a short hiatus on adding info to give the guidebook some elbow room for sales.… Sep 16, 2011
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
There hasn't been much added for that area. There is a the beginning of a subarea here. Sep 15, 2011
Sean Morgan
Boulder, CO
Sean Morgan   Boulder, CO
Is there any info on here for the Moraine Park boulders? Sep 14, 2011
Stephen Nance
Boulder, CO
Stephen Nance   Boulder, CO
Jamie Emerson's book is now available at Neptune Mountaineering. Come get it while it's hott!!! Aug 3, 2011
Jamie Emerson's new bouldering guide to RMNP and Mt.Evans has arrived. Jul 12, 2011
Tanner Mitchell
Fort Collins CO
Tanner Mitchell   Fort Collins CO
Anyone ever boulder on the walls just before Mills Lake? I was messing around on the wall just after you take the steep incline and go under the fallen tree - there's a fun overhanging problem right away, and a few lines as you go down the rock. I couldn't top any of them due to the snow, so I figured I'd put this up to see if anyone knows if these have names/grades. Mar 21, 2010

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