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Vallecito/Pine River Metolius Buttress

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Vallecito/Pine River Metolius Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.40401, -107.52667 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Steve Elder on Dec 23, 2015
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This limestone crag lies above Lake Vallecito just south of the confluence of the Pine River. The rock quality is variable with some rotten bands. There about three main areas on this outcropping that are better quality and should yield some more fun routes. The leftmost buttress is called Metolius Buttress, and the rest are currently not named or climbed.

Getting There 

Take CR 240 out of Durango and follow signs to Vallecito. At the base of the dam, turn right and follow this road past the dam. Continue around the east side of the lake until FR 851 is seen on the right. Follow this to its end, and you will be just down the hill from the crag. In winter, park back at the gate where the nordic track starts, and ski up road and hike to crag. In winter, the approach takes about an hour. It takes 10 minutes in summer.

Climbing Season

For the CO Ice & Mixed area.

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

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Flightless Bird starts relatively easily and leads to a roof crux with difficult-to-see holds. After pulling the roof, climb the dihedral with good left feet but poor right footholds. Finish at anchor well below the actual top. An anchor can be reached for top roping by rappelling from the juniper at the cliff's top....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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