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What bouldering is accessible in RMNP in April?

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moreannefrank · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 0

Booked a trip to boulder for spring break in April was hoping to do some bouldering in RMNP but i don't know what the season is like and what areas would be accessible. I want to start looking into a mini project for the trip, possibly Tommy's Arete.

Otherwise I'm hoping to rope up in edlo and do a flat iron or two.

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

There will be heavy snow in chaos canyon and emerald lake (the two main areas with many classics) you may be able to hit some boulders in the lower lying areas of the park however I am notfamiliar with any of the areas.

How ever if you drive down to Boulder there will be plenty to get on. If its sunny and hasnt stormed boulder canyon, eldo, flagstaff, flatirons should all be in good shape.

A-K · · Boulder, CO · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 0

Unless we have a solid heat wave, Tommy's will be buried in probably 10 feet of snow in April.

Endovalley in RMNP might be clear if there isn't a storm just before you come which has some decent problems in the V6-8 range.

Hamburgler (V7) at Wild Basin might be clear in April too but the approach would be on snow still.

Chris treggE · · Madison, Beersconsin · Joined May 2007 · Points: 9,300
A-K wrote:Unless we have a freak heat wave, Tommy's will be buried in probably 10 feet of snow in April.
Maybe I'll go back and see if I can send it when the start is 10 feet higher.
A-K · · Boulder, CO · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 0

Chris - good idea - also that is the best way to try Skyscraper !

PCowan · · Loveland, Co · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 5

Like others mentioned it's pretty weather dependent based on snowfall. Two years ago emerald lake was perfect in march, last year it was all buried until may or so?

Lumpy will be open, veritas boulder, and probably some of the outlying areas. If you are lucky maybe some of the alpine stuff. Great time of the year for poudre if you don't mind driving some and bringing a tarp.

Good luck.

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