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Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff

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Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 39.6429, -106.379 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

This area encompasses a geographic location with a variety of vertical type experiences. You probably have heard most about the Vail ice and you can find that under the CO ice/mixed section. In this section, you will find various rock cragging on sandstone, limestone, gneiss, schist, and even some granite. While this generally has little for a destination type of experience, there is still some interesting crags to find vertical pleasure.

Some of the climbing here is protected in information accessibility and locals may cringe to see non-Eagle county folks playing here. Nonetheless, we have to share amiably and symbiose.

Some of the better known areas include Lime Park's limestone, Wolcott's sandstone & nearby Gilman's gneiss, but there is more for the exploring types.

Due to the increased elevation, most of the cragging in this area is limited to April to October times.

Getting There 

As a well-known ski area, this general location is easy to find. I-70 accesses this area from either east or west (100 miles West of Denver). From the south, you can access this area via CO Hwy 9 (past Copper Mountain) or US 24 (through Minturn). From the north, you can access this area via CO Hwy 9 (Silverthorne) or CO Hwy 131 (Wolcott). The ice cragging is mostly visible from I-70. Parking is challenging, since all street parking in Vail is subject to ticketing. Gilman, illegal to access, is reached via US 24 south from Minturn.

Weather 

You can check NOAA.

Leadville climbing website 

40minutesfromleadville.com

Nearby Leadville 

Since we split off Leadville, click here to find Leadville crags.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.9 miles from here

267 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',93],['2 Stars',101],['1 Star',36],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',8],['5.8',11],['5.9',21],['5.10',37],['5.11',38],['5.12',21],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',24],['V2-3',62],['V4-5',16],['V6-7',8],['V8-9',9],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',6],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff:
Han Throwlo   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   The Gravity Garden aka The ... : The Anti-Gravity Wall
V5   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   The Klettergarden : Boulder A
Golden Years   V5 6C     Boulder   Wolcott Crags and Boulders : Waterside Boulder
Star Crossed Lovers   V6- 7A     Boulder, 12'   The Aircraft Carrier
The Minturn Mile   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   The Klettergarden : The Minturn Mile Boulder
Return of the Jedi   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   The Klettergarden : The Minturn Mile Boulder
Immortality   V8 7B     TR, Boulder, 25'   The Klettergarden : Giant Boulder Uphill From M...
Cool Arete   V9 7C     Boulder, 15'   The Aircraft Carrier
Drilla From Manilla   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Prow
Snail Trail   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Prow
Chupacabra   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Wolcott Crags and Boulders : Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Don't Drag the Dog   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Homestake Road Crag
Crack of ONO   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Gilman Canyon : Gilman Canyon Crags
Drift Away   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Grove
Psychic Bomber   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Homestake Road Crag
Uckfay Ushbay   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Smoke on the Water   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
Momentary Lack of Resin   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
Snipe Hunter   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
Unknown (Right Arch of Cave)   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff

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Rock Climbing Photo: This is me doing the classic v5 on the Waterside B...

Golden Years V5 6C  CO : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : ... : Waterside Boulder
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Photos of Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Near Vail Pass.
Near Vail Pass.
Rock Climbing Photo: Some deepwater freesoloing.
Some deepwater freesoloing.
Rock Climbing Photo: Page 3.
BETA PHOTO: Page 3.
Rock Climbing Photo: Page 2.
BETA PHOTO: Page 2.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock & Ice 1993 Vail article, page 1.
BETA PHOTO: Rock & Ice 1993 Vail article, page 1.
Rock Climbing Photo: Again some deepwater freesoloing on the Colorado R...
Again some deepwater freesoloing on the Colorado R...

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By Chris Buchholz
Mar 13, 2016
I have a copy of an old handmade guide for the area, mostly Gilman Canyon. Willing to donate this to anyone in the area in need of one.

Wondering if anyone has a copy of the Wolcott guide. It is out of print, and I would love to get a copy of it.