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trad recommendations off of and close to I-70

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Vince Buffalini · · Las Vegas, Nevada · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 40


My name is Vince, my sister and I will be passing through Colorado during JULY 2016 via I-70 with a tent, double rack, and a few days to spare. The amount of climbing areas along 70 on MP are overwhelming, so I'm reaching out for any recommendations folks more knowledgeable of the area may have. I'm looking for classic trad lines from 5.7 to 5.11 that are relatively close to I-70. I'm open to any suggestions, thank you!

Eliot Augusto · · Boulder, CO · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 60

I haven't climbed there yet, but Mt. Evans would be a good bet for July. I spent my youth on Guanella Pass. The absolutely love everything about it up there, except for the changes in the last 3 years to the pass and camping accessibility. If you want something remote, that place is no longer it. But you can get every other mountain thing you could want out of a trip to Mt. Evans.

J Achey · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2009 · Points: 145

Vince, check out No Name Canyon, just east of Glenwood Springs. Parking is 3 minutes off the highway, climbs are 5 minutes from the car. Do the routes on the CMC Buttresses - almost all of them are worthy and right in your target grades - and you have yourself a day. Shade in the morning.

· · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 1970 · Points: 0

While not a trad route, check out Royal flush in frisco. It's literally right off the interstate, has a quick approach, and over 1000 ft of vert gain. All the beta needed is on MP.

Thomas Ney · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 0

I agree with Royal Flush on Mt. Royal in the town of Frisco, if your passing by. Just dont get stuck behind a slower group. And No Name Canyon has many routes on some fairly stable rock.

Tony B · · Around Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 23,260

Otto's Route in CO National Monument is just a few miles off of the road if it happens to be unusually cool weather.

Phil Lauffen · · The Bubble · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 2,215

A few days to spare? Just swing down to independence pass. Tons of good lines.

Evans is better for multipitch trad, certainly.

Vince Buffalini · · Las Vegas, Nevada · Joined Oct 2014 · Points: 40

Hey everyone thanks for the great feedback! I got exactly what I was looking for. Mt. Evans looks perfect and Royal Flush looks like a great time... thanks again fellas
Climb On!

Paul Sobczak · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 0

There is that book that Semi-rad wrote, you will like that. Classic Front Range Trad Climbs

Jordan Lister · · Moab, UT · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 15

Sweet Sunday Serenade and Questions and Answers, both of which are in Unaweep Canyon and both on mountain project. If you jump off of I 70 in Palisade it's not too far.

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