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Tradistan Tower Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,000'
Location: 37.4638, -107.4936 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jaaron Mankins on Jan 17, 2011
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Tradistan Tower and Vallectio.


This is the most accessible and featured climbing area along the Lower Pine to date. This wall is sunny in the morning and shady in the afternoon. This wall has highly secluded climbing on conglomerate granite that protects quite well. This is a large 1000' tall formation with many routes and a cool summit.

Getting There 

Hike approximately 1 mile on the Pine River trail until you come to the Indian Creek drainage on the left. Stay on the west side of Indian Creek and do an ascending traverse up at right following faint elk trails to the base of the wall-look for renegade cairns. A huge cave about halfway up this wall is a good landmark to identify. The approach is about a 1200' foot slog up from the trail and valley floor. Approach takes about 1 to 1.5 hours depending on if you find the proper game trail. Make sure to not leave the trail until Indian Creek, because the Pine River Trail in this area is an easement through private property. Enjoy!
Rock Climbing Photo: Cory jamming on the first ascent of No Country for...
Cory jamming on the first ascent of No Country for Old Men (5.10) Tradistan Tower.

Climbing Season

For the Durango area.

Weather station 8.2 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Tradistan Tower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tradistan Tower:
Nuggernaut   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 900'   
No Cherry For Old Men   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 7 pitches, 750'   
Better Lucky Than Good   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 6 pitches, 750'   
Da Cherry on Top!   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 900'   
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Featured Route For Tradistan Tower
Rock Climbing Photo: Da $$$ pitch of Da Cherry on Top!, 5.9+.

Da Cherry on Top! 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Colorado : Durango : ... : Tradistan Tower
In my opinion, this may be the best route on Tradistan Tower. I may try to head back up and see if there is a more direct start. Nonetheless, This route has got quite a bit to offer: massive dihedral, crack climbing, roofs, overhangs, face climbing, off-width, squeeze chimney. Mmmmm mmmmm.From the approach trail, you can see the massive cave in the massive dihedral. This is what you're looking for. Start up the massive dihedral in-between 'No Country For Old Men' and 'Nuggernaut...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Tradistan Tower from above.
Tradistan Tower from above.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tradistan Tower.
Tradistan Tower.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tradistan Tower from the Pine River Trail, right b...
BETA PHOTO: Tradistan Tower from the Pine River Trail, right b...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tradistan Tower on the right.  The Nuggernaut is d...
Tradistan Tower on the right. The Nuggernaut is d...

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By ozman
From: CO / NM
Aug 15, 2011
Definitely worth the hike in. Great rock quality. Indian Creek is the first real creek crossing on the Pine River trail; it flows from the left or North. Start hiking just before the creek crossing heading North (you'll be on the West side of the creek). The best approach diverges from the creek right of the bat and trends up the hill. It took us 20 minutes from the trailhead to the creek, so I'm guessing it's only 1 mile on the trail. We had a total hike time of 1.5 hours.
By Jaaron Mankins
From: Durango, CO
Aug 21, 2011
Thanks for the heads up, ozman, edited the distance above.
By George Bracksieck
Sep 5, 2016
This wall faces generally southeast and is composed of quartzite, much of which is conglomeritic. The rap route described for each climb listed herein is the same as for the Nuggernaut. We did 7 1/2 raps with a 70. A single 60 would be too short.

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