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Guanella Pass Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 800,011,669'
Location: 39.63333, -105.7093 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 6, 2009


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Guanella Pass is host to a few good climbing crags and a large number of sub-alpine boulders, which is a principal reason for posting it here. Crags and boulders are scattered along the road south out of Georgetown. A large number of crags can be found on the Grant side of the pass, but from my own recon most of these are pretty friable and not too attractive as boulders. In the last several years many very good boulder problems have been established making GP a reasonable destination for a day trip out of Denver/Golden. The road out of Georgetown is largely easy for most passenger cars, although the pass itself can be a little rough and better done in 4 wheel (NB: many years ago we took a VW Beetle over the pass, so anything is possible). The pass is subject to closure, which is the present situation, but this does not preclude acccess to many of the boulders. While roped climbing may never be really extensive, it is still developing and some fine routes have already been established.

Getting There 

GP connects Georgetown and the little hamlet of Grant via FR381. Approach from the Grant side is via US 285, which will also provide ready access to several hiking trails into the Mt. Evans Wilderness.

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Weather station 1.3 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Guanella Pass

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Guanella Pass:
Round About   V2 5+     Boulder, Alpine, 1 pitch, 12'   7 Mile Boulders : Arch Block
Left Arete   V2+ 5+     Boulder, Alpine, 1 pitch, 15'   7 Mile Boulders : Arete Block
Stemming Matters   V6 7A     Boulder, Alpine   7 Mile Boulders : Mind Matters Boulder
Love Matters   V7 7A+     Boulder, Alpine   7 Mile Boulders : Love Matters Boulder
Compression Matters   V7 7A+     Boulder, Alpine   7 Mile Boulders : Mind Matters Boulder
Life Matters   V7 7A+     Boulder, Alpine   7 Mile Boulders : Love Matters Boulder
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Featured Route For Guanella Pass
Rock Climbing Photo: Love Matters.

Love Matters V7 7A+  Colorado : Georgetown : ... : Love Matters Boulder
This is the most obvious line on the boulder. Sit start on a horizontal hold on the right side of the overhang. Follow the line of chalk to a pinch and a crimper, make a pretty powerful move onto the arete, slap for a sloper, then make a very reachy move for the awkward topout....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Charles Valsechi
From: Denver, CO
Aug 15, 2016
New illustrated map of Guanella Pass:

I created an illustrated map of the Guanella Pass bouldering area. It includes coordinates to the location, a rough map and grades. I am regularly updating it based on grade opinions and new additions, as well as correcting minor inconsistencies.
By B3bouldering Emerson
Jun 20, 2017
Here's a free map to Guanella Pass.

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