Summer Craggin'


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Jonathan Burton · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 0

Anybody got any suggestions for summer crags that don't end with baked fingers and heat induced hallucinations? Looking around front range area please.

Anthony · · Northern CO · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 0

I can't find quality acid these days so i welcome the heat induced hallucinations.

If your clipping bolts I'd suggest wall of the 90's in the morning then move over to the high wire towards the evening in clear creek. I don't think the wall of justice gets much sun at all now that i think of it. In boulder canyon, which is currently not accessible due to the cold creek fire, i like avalon and cob rock. I think vampire rock offers protection from the sun as well.

For trad lines queue up for anything on the North face of the bastille in eldo. The peanuts walls offer great climbing during the first half of the day as well.

There's plenty more as well but these are the most obvious to me right now.

Andy Nelson · · Fort Collins, Colorado · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 343

Poudre Falls and Crystal Wall in the Poudre are worth a look.

Anthony · · Northern CO · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 0

+1 Crystal wall.

Another good spot up the poudre is the upper echelon wall. Better be a sport crusher.

Jonathan Burton · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 0

Rad. Thanks all for the input!

Monty · · Golden, CO · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 3,099
Devil's Head (can chase shade or sun all day)
Staunton State Park (shade in the west facing walls until 2:30)
Ra (Shade until 2-ish)

All good summer choices. More driving/hiking, but well worth it.
Forrest Williams · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 25

Depends on how far you want to drive. Starting from the farthest away..
1) Rifle - Temps can be good even in the middle of summer. Chase shade.
2) Independence Pass - lots of options
3) Lime Park - Limestone at 9500' above Eagle
4) Mt Evans - if your a strong trad climber
5) RMNP - lots of options from the close to the lot Mt Meeker to the wonder Diamond
6) Lily Lake and Twin Sisters - Lots of options
7) The Monastary - the Vestibule gets good shade
8) Golden Gate State Park - Located above Golden
Bonus!) Vedauwoo - In Wyoming but pretty close to the front range. Bring your tape

Of course there are many other places to go like chasing shade in CCC, BoCan, or Eldo. There are also plenty of other areas that could be really nice if cooler temps arise such as the Black, Penitente, and South Platte. Other alpine and sub alpine areas are great of course but having not been there I can't say much. Those places already recommended can be/ are good. Ra looks awesome!

Anthony · · Northern CO · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 0

How miserable is turkey rocks in the summer?

Monty · · Golden, CO · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 3,099
Anthony O'Neill wrote:How miserable is turkey rocks in the summer?
The north faces are fine, but those aren't typically the routes people seek out there.
Anthony · · Northern CO · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 0
Monty wrote: The north faces are fine, but those aren't typically the routes people seek out there.
If I'm coming from Fort Collins do you think it's worth it, or should I just stick to vedauwoo for now?
Monty · · Golden, CO · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 3,099

Stick to Vedauwoo. Lots of great shady routes/crags and way closer to you.

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