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Carbondale Area Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 6,156'
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Introduction 

Situated between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, Carbondale lies in the shadow of 12,953-foot Mount Sopris, and is a small but growing town of about 6000 people. Cardondale is quickly becoming one of the most sought out places to live in Colorado if not the USA according the magazines such as Outside and Adventure. It is also the home of the two largest climbing magazines, Climbing and Rock and Ice so you would expect some good climbing close by!

Outdoor activities aren't limited to climbing, with great biking, kayaking and fly-fishing in the summer and excellent cross-country and backcountry skiing as well. It is also the home of Lou Dawson. one of the country's true backcountry ski pioneer's and member of the Colorado Ski and Board Hall of fame. Also, not to forget is that Aspen is 20 minutes up the road.

Getting There 

Carbondale is located 170 miles west of Denver and 30 miles north of Aspen in the heart of Colorado's central Rocky Mountains. It is accessible from Interstate-70 through Glenwood Springs, which is 12 miles north of Carbondale.

Carbondale offers convenient access to three commercial airports: Aspen, Eagle and Grand Junction. It is approximately a three hour drive to Denver International Airport.

There is daily bus service to and from Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Aspen. Greyhound buses and Amtrack passenger trains arrive daily in Glenwood Springs.


Climbing Season



Weather station 11.2 miles from here

216 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',66],['2 Stars',96],['1 Star',25],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',6],['5.7',3],['5.8',10],['5.9',13],['5.10',39],['5.11',31],['5.12',17],['5.13',5],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',39],['V2-3',11],['V4-5',19],['V6-7',6],['V8-9',6],['V10-11',2],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Carbondale Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Carbondale Area:
Corkscrew   V5 6C     Boulder   River Boulders : Corkscrew Boulder
Linkenstein   V5+ 6C+     Boulder, 409'   Redstone Boulders : Stein Boulder
Slopenstein   V6 7A     Boulder   Redstone Boulders : Stein Boulder
Frankenstein   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Redstone Boulders : Stein Boulder
Been Caught Stealin'   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Narrows : The Schoolyard
By a Thread   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Redstein : Friends and Family Wall
Jenga Buttress Crack aka 10a Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Narrows : Narrows Proper
Nose Job   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Frying Pan : The Skillet
Party At Your Mama's House   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   The Narrows : The Front Porch
El Guapo   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Narrows : The Watchtower
Back From The Dead   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Narrows : The Front Porch
Meaty, Beaty, Big, and Bouncy   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Redstein : 1st Band
Pump-a-Lama   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Gash : The Trifle Wall
Cleanup Hitter   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Narrows : The Front Porch
The Village Idiot   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   The Narrows : Narrows Proper
Throwing For Jesus   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   The Frying Pan : The Skillet
Pocket Puzzle   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Redstein : 2nd Band
The Anvil   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Redstein : 2nd Band
The Technician   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Frying Pan : The Skillet
Red Faction   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Narrows : Narrows Proper
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Featured Route For Carbondale Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Goofy Foot.

Goofy Foot 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Colorado : Carbondale Area : ... : The Inertia Wall
Start in an obvious flake/chimney system left of Gardening with Green Mambas.Stem the outside of the chimney for a more enjoyable experience. After the chimney, transition to the face, and climb pleasant slab for 20 more easy feet. The crux starts off with an improbable foot smear stand up to perfect crimps on ever steepening rock. Follow the bolt line on steep rock through a small roof. The roof has a large, obvious chockstone (solid) just to the right of the climber’s path. This...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Joe Collins
May 21, 2008
SKI FOUND IN CRYSTAL CHUTE, MOUNT SOPRIS

I located your ski in the upper part of the Crystal Chute the other day. Dynafit ski with an AT binding. Unfortunately, there was no way I was carrying it out with the impending mammoth bushwack back to the trailhead. I planted it straight out of the slope at the bottom of the hourglass. You should be able to see it with a good pair of binocs from HWY 133 south of Carbondale.

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