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Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: matt j hartman on Feb 3, 2010  with updates from Keith Leaman
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Big Agnes from Point 12006.


This area is for the intrepid. This area in northern Colorado has a little known climbing history, sees little traffic, and has no recorded ascents for the most part, though Michael Covington and others were busy long ago. It is adventure climbing for sure with lots of loose rock, long routes, no fixed gear, Colorado mountain weather, lichen, and all other sorts of good stuff. Some people might not like this info going up, but no one will really go climbing here anyway, so who cares? My brief adventures here in the alpine realm are memorable on both rock and snow.

Getting There 

From North of Steamboat, drive to Slavonia Trailhead, and start looking around. Most rock walls are in the Sawtooth Range and Zirkel Basin. I have single pushed some alpine routes but highly advise a bivy if you are new to the area.

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For the North of Town area.

Weather station 17.7 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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Rock Climbing Photo: I took this 1973 photo of the West Face  from Big ...

West Face Direct aka "Routt County Choss Rodeo" 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  Colorado : Steamboat Springs : ... : Mt. Zirkel
This route was put up a few summers ago and climbs a buttress above the Mt. Zirkel, Big Agnes saddle. It is the cleanest and longest buttress north of the saddle.P1. Climb the clean face, moving left over loose rock to a belay (5.6). One could climb up the clean face to avoid loose rock. Protection above looks grim, though the rock looks okay.P2. Class 4 to exposed ridge.P3-4. Move up easy exposed ridge to the base of a rightward traverse to and overhang.P5. (crux) Climb the traverse (5.9) to st...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Dustin B
From: Steamboat
Feb 15, 2010
Any aspiring climbers should check out "Mountaineering in the Park Range. A Guide to the mountains of the MT. Zirkel-Dome Peak Wilderness Area" by Joseph Kramarsic. You could probably find it at backdoor sports. An excellent resource for finding objectives in the Zirkels and some great and interesting history. Example, just 19 of the 84 peaks in the book have names. There's only a handful of technical routes, but this book will definitely get you going in the right direction. This guy did a great job of researching and documenting the obscure.

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