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Ciao Bella! Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Matthias Holladay on Nov 30, 2010
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Originally inspired by Julia, my ex-wife, and then my amazingly intelligent & wonderful daughters, then by iconic beauties, or by the more or less famous ladies of our times, later inspired by female names I liked, and now by the idea of Woman as an Archetypical Force....

Anyway, this scrappy 50 to 80 foot cliff is dedicated to them, & it commemorates that diversity....

Right next to Junction Creek and characterized by various beds of dirty rock, Ciao Bella has interesting climbing on pockets, fins, loafs, and edges.

For the lower Central Portion area of the cliff, the initial 30-40 foot band is a bit chalky but relatively solid, and it leads to a big ledge of crumbly, coal-like rock.

Above this ledge is a roof composed of quartz-ish rock with many solid fins and edges. This fun roof feature varies from 5 to 10 feet horizontally and is about 10-15 feet high, after negotiating the difficult roof.

Above that, is 40 or 50-feet of nice sandstone with many pockets, corners, grooves, and bulges to the top.

The Far Left & Far Right area are on either side of the lower Central Portion and have climbs which start above or level with the crumbly coal-like rock.

As the cliff faces north and a bit east, summer is best, while fall and spring are cool but tolerable. In winter, it’'s frigid, the road is closed seasonally, and one can ski in.

Getting There 

Take CR 204 to parking lot of the Colorado Trail up next to the big bend in the road. For the 5 minute approach, drop down to the creek and cross just below where the big slabs of rock nudge the edge of a nice pool. Early in the season, fording the creek is helpful with sandals. The cliff is clearly above. Find the trail that crosses the rocky meadow and ascends to the far left of the outcrop. When the trail reaches the base, scramble up sharp right and then either over a short boulder problem to reach the Real Far Left Area, or continue to traverse right to reach the start of the other routes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ciao Bella!

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ciao Bella!:
Julia’s Arête   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Central Portion
Julia's Arête   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Central Portion
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Featured Route For Ciao Bella!
Rock Climbing Photo: Julia’s Arête.

Julia's Arête 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Colorado : Durango : ... : Central Portion
This aesthetic arête first climbs thin pinches directly on the arête for 10 feet or so then moves to the left. Good pockets, edges, and the sharp arête on the right make for a very aesthetic route....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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