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The Cove Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Christian Prellwitz on Mar 27, 2010


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An underappreciated roadside bouldering area located in San Miguel Canyon approximately 25 minutes from Telluride. About two dozen problems on mostly high quality sandstone or conglomerate. The easy access and mild climate make this area climbable year round. Climbing season is, realistically, March through November. Summer can be quite enjoyable in the late afternoon/evening, once the sun has dropped behind the canyon walls. Full information for this area can be found in 'A Guide To Bouldering In The Telluride & West End Areas' by Christian Prellwitz, which can be purchased at a number of stores in Telluride.

Getting There 

Located on the north side of CO Hwy. 145, in San Miguel Canyon (between Placerville and Norwood) just west of Specie Creek Road. Park at a dirt pullout just off the highway and follow the worn trail towards the obvious boulders.

Climbing Season

For the Telluride/Norwood area area.

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Noah Sheedy 'Pine Tree Right Arete' (V2).
Noah Sheedy 'Pine Tree Right Arete' (V2).
Rock Climbing Photo: Christian Prellwitz 'Dust to Dust' (V3/4).
Christian Prellwitz 'Dust to Dust' (V3/4).
Rock Climbing Photo: Dasha Zamolodchikov 'White Russian' (V0+).
Dasha Zamolodchikov 'White Russian' (V0+).

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By Christian Prellwitz
From: Telluride, CO
May 3, 2013
Telluride Bouldering Beta Part 3- The Cove & Society Turn

Here's a video I made this winter featuring some of the best problems at The Cove. (It also features footage from Society Turn.) Problems shown include: 'Sometimes I Still Feel The Bruise, Right Exit' (V0), 'Flat Top Left Arete' (V3/4), 'Dyno-mite' (V6) and 'The Lesson' (jump start, V3/4).

Some of the grades are different than the guidebook. This is an attempt to reflect what the current grade consensus is.

Special note: 'The Lesson' is an outstanding problem. The true stand start starts one move lower with the left hand on a small, angled crimp. You pull on to the wall, establish, and then figure out a way to grab the higher crimp out left. There are a couple of different options. Though it only adds about one move into the 'jump start', it is quite difficult and is likely around V8. I tried to get the stand start on video, but was unable to send it on any of the days I was filming.

As always, thoughts/comments are always welcome.

Hopefully this video will entice people to go check this area out! Enjoy!

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