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Areas in Mt. Zirkel Wilderness

Gilpin Lake Amphitheatre 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Mica Basin 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 5
Peak 11,777 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Perry-Mansfield Peak (10,790) 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1

Description

This area is for the intrepid. This area in northern Colorado has a little known climbing history, sees little traffic, and has no recorded ascents for the most part, though Michael Covington and others were busy long ago. It is adventure climbing for sure with lots of loose rock, long routes, no fixed gear, Colorado mountain weather, lichen, and all other sorts of good stuff. Some people might not like this info going up, but no one will really go climbing here anyway, so who cares? My brief adventures here in the alpine realm are memorable on both rock and snow.

Getting There

From North of Steamboat, drive to Slavonia Trailhead, and start looking around. Most rock walls are in the Sawtooth Range and Zirkel Basin. I have single pushed some alpine routes but highly advise a bivy if you are new to the area.

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Dustin B   Steamboat
Any aspiring climbers should check out "Mountaineering in the Park Range. A Guide to the mountains of the MT. Zirkel-Dome Peak Wilderness Area" by Joseph Kramarsic. You could probably find it at backdoor sports. An excellent resource for finding objectives in the Zirkels and some great and interesting history. Example, just 19 of the 84 peaks in the book have names. There's only a handful of technical routes, but this book will definitely get you going in the right direction. This guy did a great job of researching and documenting the obscure. Feb 15, 2010

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