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Winter Sun

5.6, Trad, 700 ft (212 m), 6 pitches, Grade II,  Avg: 2 from 5 votes
FA: Bobby Lewis & Natalie Lewis
Colorado > Buena Vista > Davis Face


P1: 100', 5.4.
P2: 90', 5.5.
P3: downclimb 8' into gully, then go up to a bolt anchor, 130', 5.6.
P4: go left 15', then climb up, 120', 5.5.
P5: go 100' to a tree, 5.1.
P6: angle up and left to top of D3 & D4, 100', 5.3.


Start 30 south (to the right) of D3 on an arĂȘte. Follow natural arĂȘte line to summit.


A single rack #0.3-#2 and slings. There are bolted anchors every pitch. Rap off of D3 & D4 to the left of Winter Sun.

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Topo for D3, D4, and Winter Sun.
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KM Klimbin
Denver, CO
[Hide Comment] We "tried" climbing this route over the weekend. In my opinion, it's not even worth the 30-45 minute drive out of BV and then the 20-30 minute approach. You're basically doing around 700ft of "climbing" with maybe 3 to 4 5.6 moves scattered throughout. The rest is basically elevated hiking on a bunch of 4th and low 5th class rock. If you're a beginner with nowhere else to go, then maybe check it out. Otherwise skip it.

I'd give this route 1 star for the views alone (which are incredible!), but the actual climbing on this route is sparse. Sep 13, 2015
Ryan Teter
[Hide Comment] I'm a something of a beginner with nowhere else to go! We climbed this as a party of three on Saturday, with me leading and my girlfriend and another friend following. She hated it, my buddy loved it. I was in-between. A good route finding challenge on easy terrain. We got a little off route into maybe 5.7 terrain, but it was short. The rappels were easy, we had two 60 meter ropes so that was nice. Some of the bolts on the descent (D4) were spinning, so be aware and maybe bring a wrench nut tool. Oct 5, 2015
[Hide Comment] This is a great route to practice multi-pitch trad climbing. Most of the "route" works on your gear placements and not much climbing skill. To me, this is nice to really concentrate on how and why you're placing the gear instead of punching something in the rock and continuing on to avoid the pump. Undoubtedly, you can climb this route without a rope, but try it out for teaching someone trad placements or their first multi-pitch! Jun 12, 2016