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Ptarmigan Creek Area Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.12472, -106.67989 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Steven Lucarelli on Jun 23, 2008
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This area offers some pretty good sport climbing from 5.6 to 5.12 with most routes falling in the 5.10 to 5.11 range. All of the cliffs face south, but their aspects vary from slightly east to slightly west so finding shade is still possible. Rock quality also varies but is generally really good especially on the more popular routes.

Getting There 

This group of cliffs is located about 10 miles east of Aspen and has three separate parking areas depending on which walls your trying to get to. Parking for most of the climbs is on the north side of the road just before the MM 52 sign.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

39 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ptarmigan Creek Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ptarmigan Creek Area:
Show Pony   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Jungle Wall
Bucket Brigade   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Storm Jumper Wall
Truth Decay   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Greg's Cliff
5.9 Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Greg's Cliff
Storm Jumper   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Storm Jumper Wall
Baba Fats   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Greg's Cliff
A Broad's Side Of A Barn Door   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Greg's Cliff
One Leg's Shorter   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Greg's Cliff
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Featured Route For Ptarmigan Creek Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Storm Jumper, Ptarmagin Creek, Independence Pass, ...

Storm Jumper 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Colorado : Independence Pass : ... : Storm Jumper Wall
If this route were 3 degrees less overhanging, it would be 5.8! If the holds were not all huge ladder rungs, it would be 5.12! The combination of these two things conspiring on this little stretch of real estate results in a classic Pass jug haul. Short, vertical and easy (5.7) run out section leads to super steep & fun climbing. You will not believe how good every hold is!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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