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Apr 14, 2013
I've been going to school in central WY for the past year now and transferring to Colorado Mountain College in the fall and most likely going to be living in Breckenridge or the surrounding areas. Just wondering about the climbing around the area (trad,sport,ice,alpine) and what living is like Zak Munro
From VT,CO, Bar Harbor ME
Joined Sep 30, 2012
165 points
Apr 14, 2013
Breckinridge, Frisco, and Silverthorn are all sweet with Silverthorn being the most "commercial". As far as climbing there's definetly some. Not like the front range. Trad and sport in Frisco, Mt Lincoln outside breck has the first climbable ice in the area usually mid to late October. Vale across Vail pass has some classic ice with minimal approach. There's great rock in independence pass about 45 min. Lots of alpine on the many 14ers. You'll have plenty to keep you busy. Ryan N
From Bellingham, WA
Joined May 21, 2009
0 points
Apr 15, 2013
Living is a bit more expensive than in WY. The climbing on rock is a bit limited in season. Oddly, there aren't so many opportunities really close to climb rock. There are some multi-pitch, sub-alpine climbs on Mount Royal and a decent number of sport climbs being added in 10 Mile Canyon. The 1-2 pitch ice and mixed opportunities are pretty good in the Vail area with a longer season than you might guess due to its northern aspect. The ice in Officer's Gulch can be good; however, this area can slide and has taken out a few climbers over the years. There is good, 1-2 pitch, moderate early season ice up on Hoosier Pass/Mt. Lincoln south of Breckenridge. As far as alpine rock goes, it's a bit limited super close unless you go off the beaten track, but RMNP is not too far away (2-3h) and has some of the better stuff in the state.

BTW, Griz who is on this site might be a good resource for info.
Leo Paik
From Westminster, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
22,015 points
Apr 15, 2013
Never have gotten around to climbing here
but it looks good.
J C Wilks
From Loveland, CO
Joined Aug 29, 2006
225 points
Apr 15, 2013
I spent last August in Keystone. It's more of alpine scrambling, but I found the Gore Range to be worth exploring. You won't be sharing the peaks with a zillion people like the Park/14ers. fossana
From leeds, ut
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,086 points
Apr 15, 2013
I highly recommend buying a couple tall-tee's before you move to Breck.
Don't bother with the Gore Range, nothing to see up there, move along.
logan johnson
From West Copper, Co
Joined Mar 1, 2006
85 points

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