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Durango Climbing Partners Wanted!

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Daniel Day · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 0

Hello friends!

I'm finally making it out west... I'll be rolling into Durango, September 24thish where i plan to climb for at least a few weeks. Looking for advice from van dwellers and also experienced trad climbers who want to share their wealth of knowledge.
I lead 5.11 and feel comfortable climbing 12's on TR, but i'll climb 5.9 all day for all i care, just looking to get out there. I have a 70m rope and all the sport gear needed. Whether it's trad, sport or TR i'm keen to get on stone and have a good time!

Any helpful information is wanted!



eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 456

Hit me up (423)504-7813
My schedule is a bit hectic this semester but I'll likely find time to climb. I certainly don't climb as hard as you but I know my way around a good portion of durango's climbing (except for the bouldering), especially my home crag the Fume Wall (sport). East Animas (trad and .12+ sport) will be too hot for many to enjoy but I love the heat so if you can handle it, I'm game. X rock is great for TR and trad although the difficult routes tend to lack variety (they're almost all slabs) which may be good or bad depending on your taste. Vallecito (trad and sport) has some awesome quartzite and a more adventurous feel, so it may be your best bet considering fall and late spring is prime time there.

If you dig longer hikes and long routes in the hills, the Grenadiers have quite the reputation. Keep in mind, though, the San Jauns have quite the reputation for choss and those spoiled with plenty of bomber rock may be detracted by the rock quality. I learned to climb here, though, so most of it seems solid by my standards. YMMV.

David Wieder · · Salt Lake, UT · Joined May 2014 · Points: 63

Hey Daniel,

Sorry to be a downer, but both the car camping and climbing in Durango suck. Seriously, you should go somewhere else if you're looking for a place to climb for a couple weeks. Durango climbers climb at the Creek. Sailing Hawks is pretty sweet bouldering. Free camping is only available above Hermosa Creek and along La Plata river, both of which are a ways out of town.

George Bracksieck · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 1,335

Climbers have recently been fined by the Forest Service for more than $100 for each occasion for camping above Hermosa Creek.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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