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Montrose Rock Climbing 

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Montrose is a largely rural, but growing city with a population of around 19,000 within city limits (as of 2010). Once a town of mainly ranchers and farmers, Montrose is now becoming a community of families, retirees, and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

The rock quality in the area is widely varied, from bomber sandstone, to less-than-bomber granite. Many sandstone cliff-lines and boulders can be found west of town, on the edge of the Uncompahgre Plateau, while some granite is found east of town, near the edge of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There are very few developed areas, but the ambitious climber could absolutely take advantage of undeveloped areas for bouldering and trad climbing.

The rock climbing community in Montrose is not large, but it is there. It consists mostly of experienced weekend warriors, but also of young climbers from the local high school climbing team. Local beta is scarce, and mainly passed by word of mouth.

For rest days, Montrose certainly lives up to its motto, "Stay Here, Play Everywhere." Though best known for its close proximity to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, there are countless other opportunities to enjoy the outdoors within a thirty minute drive of town, and within town as well. The newly built Water Sports Park has drawn the interest of both amateur and hardened kayakers and SUP-ers. The brand new Rec Center, which opened in February of 2017, is booming with business from climbers, runners, and other athletes from the Montrose area. For a quick after-work pump, the Rec Center even has a small climbing wall, specially textured and painted to resemble the Black Canyon.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sky Pilot, 5.12-.
Sky Pilot, 5.12-.
Rock Climbing Photo: Main wall.
Main wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Area classic, 5.11- Arete.
BETA PHOTO: Area classic, 5.11- Arete.
Rock Climbing Photo: Directions (page 2).
BETA PHOTO: Directions (page 2).
Rock Climbing Photo: Dakota Woodie on a nice boulder (name?) sitting to...
BETA PHOTO: Dakota Woodie on a nice boulder (name?) sitting to...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brown Wall.
BETA PHOTO: Brown Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun 5.12- route.
BETA PHOTO: Fun 5.12- route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Benny Fairchild Illusion.
Benny Fairchild Illusion.
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo of Benny Fairchild Illusion, 5.13-.
BETA PHOTO: Photo of Benny Fairchild Illusion, 5.13-.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dry Creek.
BETA PHOTO: Dry Creek.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dry Creek.
BETA PHOTO: Dry Creek.

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By Garry Baker
From: Montrose, CO
Sep 7, 2009
The directions to Dry Creek are okay, but the first line should say, "head west" out of Montrose on Spring Creek road, not east. Also, the Google map "A" symbol is about a mile south of the actual crag.
By scottvan
May 22, 2011
The dry creek area recently changed from an open travel plan to a designate route system, as a result the roads are now marked in the area. To access the climbing area, follow Rim Road to the third designated open road on the right (just before you pass under the METAL power lines). This road runs along the top of the canyon rim above the climbing area. If you stay right at the first fork and take a left at the second fork in this road, it will land you at the top of the climbing area. The roads described here are all legal, open routes designated with an arrow symbol on a sign. Ignore unmarked or closed roads or these directions won't work.
By Nick Niebuhr
From: Telluride, CO
Feb 29, 2016
After climbing here a couple times, I'm a little confused about the bolting. Why so few anchors? I understand the oldschool, minimalist attitude towards bolting a route, but if a route is bolted, why not just finish it off rather than anchor to a tree 30 ft away? If it's because there's not enough money, then I'd be glad to pitch in a few bucks or something, because there are lots of currently anchorless nice looking 5.11s that I'd love to toprope before leading!
By Matt Lisenby
Mar 2, 2016
History of development is part of the reason. Also, the area is frequented by non-climber redneck types: the bashed/stolen hangers scenario is a real possibility. Don't be stopped by lack of bolted anchors, with a small rack and some long slings, anything here can be top roped with fairly minimal effort.
By Tanner Oman
Jul 28, 2017
Is there a topo with route names and grades for Dry Creek or is that information just passed through word? I'd like to know grades before hopping on them and ending up having to rap from the top to get my draws because I couldn't get past a section. Thanks! Also there's a #1 cam stuck in the dihedral near the entrance.

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