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Areas in Guanella Pass

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Description

Guanella Pass is host to a few good climbing crags and a large number of sub-alpine boulders, which is a principal reason for posting it here. Crags and boulders are scattered along the road south out of Georgetown. A large number of crags can be found on the Grant side of the pass, but from my own recon most of these are pretty friable and not too attractive as boulders. In the last several years many very good boulder problems have been established making GP a reasonable destination for a day trip out of Denver/Golden. The road out of Georgetown is largely easy for most passenger cars, although the pass itself can be a little rough and better done in 4 wheel (NB: many years ago we took a VW Beetle over the pass, so anything is possible). The pass is subject to closure, which is the present situation, but this does not preclude acccess to many of the boulders. While roped climbing may never be really extensive, it is still developing and some fine routes have already been established.

Getting There

GP connects Georgetown and the little hamlet of Grant via FR381. Approach from the Grant side is via US 285, which will also provide ready access to several hiking trails into the Mt. Evans Wilderness.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Guanella Pass

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 22
Warm-Up Arete
Boulder, Alpine
V2 5+
 24
Chalk Block
Boulder, Alpine
V2 5+
 22
Far Right SDS
Boulder, Alpine
V3 6A
 37
Warm-Up Arete
Boulder, Alpine
V3 6A
 25
Sit Starts Matter
Boulder, Alpine
V4 6B
 13
Far Left
Boulder, Alpine
V4 6B
 16
Trailside Problem
Boulder, Alpine
V5 6C
 14
Super Pinch SDS
Boulder, Alpine
V5 6C
 10
Ninja Pony Ride
Boulder, Alpine
V5 6C
 25
Face Problem
Boulder, Alpine
V6 7A
 15
Guanella Arete
Boulder, Alpine
V6 7A
 24
Traverse
Boulder, Alpine
V7 7A+
 26
Love Matters
Boulder, Alpine
V7 7A+
 40
Compression Matters
Boulder, Alpine
V10 7C+
 5
Crimping Matters
Boulder, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Warm-Up Arete 7 Mile Boulders > Warm-Up Block Two
 22
V1 5 Boulder, Alpine
Chalk Block 7 Mile Boulders > Warm-Up Block Two
 24
V2 5+ Boulder, Alpine
Far Right SDS 7 Mile Boulders > Main Warm-Ups
 22
V2 5+ Boulder, Alpine
Warm-Up Arete 7 Mile Boulders > Warm-Up Block Three
 37
V3 6A Boulder, Alpine
Sit Starts Matter 7 Mile Boulders > Main Warm-Ups
 25
V3 6A Boulder, Alpine
Far Left 7 Mile Boulders > Main Warm-Ups
 13
V4 6B Boulder, Alpine
Trailside Problem 7 Mile Boulders > Main Warm-Ups
 16
V4 6B Boulder, Alpine
Super Pinch SDS 7 Mile Boulders > Warm-Up Block Three
 14
V5 6C Boulder, Alpine
Ninja Pony Ride 7 Mile Boulders > Bessie
 10
V5 6C Boulder, Alpine
Face Problem 7 Mile Boulders > Main Warm-Ups
 25
V5 6C Boulder, Alpine
Guanella Arete 7 Mile Boulders > Warm-Up Block One
 15
V6 7A Boulder, Alpine
Traverse 7 Mile Boulders > Main Warm-Ups
 24
V6 7A Boulder, Alpine
Love Matters 7 Mile Boulders > Love Matters Boulder
 26
V7 7A+ Boulder, Alpine
Compression Matters 7 Mile Boulders > Mind Matters Boulder
 40
V7 7A+ Boulder, Alpine
Crimping Matters 7 Mile Boulders > Mind Matters Boulder
 5
V10 7C+ Boulder, Alpine
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Charles Valsechi
Denver, CO
Charles Valsechi   Denver, CO
New illustrated map of Guanella Pass:

I created an illustrated map of the Guanella Pass bouldering area. It includes coordinates to the location, a rough map and grades. I am regularly updating it based on grade opinions and new additions, as well as correcting minor inconsistencies.

gumroad.com/l/kFZH Aug 15, 2016
Here's a free map to Guanella Pass. drive.google.com/open?id=1K… Jun 20, 2017
I left my shades at the Dark Horse Boulder today. Please LEAVE THEM THERE, or if you've already picked them up, text me at 5102926409. Thanks so much! May 7, 2018

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