Looking for suggestions on Alpine and trad routes near Aspen, CO

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nuqihzil · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 5

Hi! I wonder if anyone can give me some suggestions on some most scenic and fun alpine / multipitch trad routes near Aspen, CO. For the next 4 weeks. Thanks in advance.

Jon Banks · · Denver, CO · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 145

Combining Two Ears and Zanzibar Dihedral is pretty fun and scenic link

nuqihzil · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 5

Thanks, Jon! Are there any other trad routes that have more than 3-4 pitches? Or what mountains would be a good location to look for such a route? Any suggestion is highly appreciated!

Bryan Gartland · · Helena, MT · Joined Jan 2002 · Points: 629

A couple moderates come to mind, but there isn't a whole lot of cragging in the 3+ pitch range. Monitor Rock, at the eastern base of Indy Pass, is probably the tallest crag in the area.

If you're willing to stretch the legs and lungs and get up in the high country a lot more options open up. Capitol and Snowmass Peaks host a handful of long 4th-5th Class routes on pretty clean rock. The Maroon Bells are rotten and often dangerous but the scenery makes up for it.

The Nose on Turkey Rock - 2 pitches:


The other Nose, Monitor Rock - 5 pitches:


It's just a scramble for most folks but good for an alpine adventure - long approach leading to wild exposure:


Haven't been on this but it's long - 8 pitches:


Julius Grisette · · Carbondale · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 5

Anyone know where to find the beta for the technical routes on Capital? Possibly Jeff Jackson routes? Finishing below the talus.

S Denny · · Aspen, CO · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 20


Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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