Colorado CLIMBING TRIP REPORTS



This page provides links to my growing list of climbing trip reports in Colorado, including climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado National Monument, Crestones, and more. In July 2018, I spent the entire month of July in Colorado climbing. At the beginning of the trip, I was considering CU Boulder as a potential grad school option; by the end of my trip, I had decided it was the only place I cared to go. I began a PhD program in Applied Mathematics at CU Boulder in Fall 2019. So there will be lots of Colorado climbing in my future!
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KEY:
ROUTES: Favorites are in red.
LINKS: SummerFallWinterSpring conditions.
 "Cragging" - single pitch     "Cragging" multi-pitch      Not cragging!     Multi Day/Peak Expeditions

BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON
Map of Black Canyon from Black Canyon page.
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
NORTH RIM
The ARETES (North Rim: SOB Gully)  Russian Arête (5.9+, ~8p, ~1800') •  Oct'19
 CHECKERBOARD Wall (North Rim: Cruise Gully) 1. Checkerboard Wall (5.10+, 5p, ~650')
2. 
Maiden Voyage (5.9, 4p, 500') + King Me (5.10-, 3p, ~300')
1.  Oct'19
2.
  Jul'18
 COMIC RELIEF Buttress (North Rim: SOB Gully) 1. Cloaked Interpretation (5.11-, 6-10p, ~950-1500')
2.
 Comic Relief (5.10, 8-10p, ~950-1500')
3. Escape Artist + Lightning Bolt Crack (5.10-/5.11c, 7-9p, ~1000-1500')
1.  May'20
2.  Jul'18
3.  May'20
GUPPY AMPHITHEATER/BUTTRESS (North Rim: Guppy Gully) • The Odyssey (5.10+, ~8p, ~1500')
•  May'20
 NORTH CHASM VIEW Wall (North Rim: Cruise Gully) 1. Journey Home (5.10,  6p, ~1200')
2. Leisure-Summer (5.9+, 6p, ~800')
3. A Midsummer Night's Dream (5.11, 6p, ~800')
4.
 Scenic Cruise (5.10+, 10+p, ~1800')
1.  Oct'19
2.
  Jul'19
3.  Oct'19
4.
  Sep'19
PRACTICE WALL (North Rim: Prisoner of Your Hairdoo Gully) • Buzz Cut (5.9, 4p, ~500')
•  May'20
SOUTH RIM
ALIMONY WALL (South Rim: SOFB Gully area) Last Payment (5.11, 4p, ~400') •  May'20
BLACKJACK TERRACE (South Rim: Chillumstone Gully) • Blackjack (5.9+, 4-8 p, ~1000')
•  May'20

BOULDER CANYON
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
Cragging
(mostly single-pitch)
 BOULDER CANYON Climbing • various routes •  2018, 2019-present


CARBONDALE AREA
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
Cragging
(single-pitch)
 FRYING PAN Climbing  • various routes •  2020-present

CLEAR CREEK CANYON
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
Cragging
(single-pitch)
 CLEAR CREEK CANYON Climbing  • various routes •  2019-present

COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMNET
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
 INDEPENDENCE Monument Otto's Route (5.8+, 4p) •  Oct'19
 SENTINEL Spire Medicine Man (5.12a, 4p) •  Oct'19

CRESTONES
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
 CRESTONE Needle Ellingwood Arête/Ledges (5.7, 2000')  •  Jul'19

ELDORADO CANYON
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
Cragging (single-pitch)
&
"Multi-pitch Cragging"
 ELDORADO CANYON Climbing 1. The Naked Edge (5.11b, 6 pitches) 
2. various routes
1.  Aug'14
2.  2014, 2018, 2019-present

ESTES PARK VALLEY
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
Cragging
(mostly single-pitch)
 COMBAT ROCK Climbing  • various routes •  2020-present
"Multi-pitch Cragging"  The CRAGS Climbing 1. The Golden Staircase (5.9-5.11, 14p, sport)
2. various routes at Wizards Gate and elsewhere in The Crags
1.  Sep'19
2. 
 2020-present
Cragging
(mostly single-pitch)
 HORSEHEAD ROCK Climbing  • various routes •  2020-present
Cragging
(single-pitch)
 JURASSIC PARK Climbing  • various routes •  2020-present
"Multi-pitch Cragging"  MARY'S BUST Climbing 1. The Brown Palace (5.11a, 6p, sport) 
2. The Broadmoor (5.10b, 4p, sport)
1-2.  Aug'20
Cragging
(single-pitch)
 MIKEY'S ISLAND Climbing  • various routes •  2020-present

MT. EVANS
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
 The BLACK Wall 1. Good Evans (5.10d, 5p, ~400')
2. Road Warrior (5.10+, 5p, ~400')
1.  Jul'18
2. 
 Jul'18

FLATIRONS
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
"Multi-pitch Cragging"  FLATIRONS Climbing Second + First + Third Flatiron link-up (Second Flatiron: Freeway (4th, 800'); First Flatiron: Direct East Face (5.6, 1000'); Third Flatiron: Standard East Face (5.4, 950')) •  Aug'19

NORTH TABLE MOUNTAIN
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
Cragging
(single-pitch)
 NORTH TABLE MTN Climbing  • various routes •  2020-present

RIFLE MOUNTAIN PARK
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
Cragging
(single-pitch)
 RIFLE Climbing • various routes •  2019-present

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
Map of RMNP climbing areas I created as I was planning my 2018 climbing trip to the area.
SUMMIT ROUTE DATE / LINK
(Alpine) Climbs
• Mt. ALICE • Central Ramp (5.8, 6p) •  Aug'20
• ARROWHEAD 1. Airhead (5.11d, 5p)
2. 
Arrowplane (5.11a, 6p)
3. The Godfather (5.11b, 5p)
4. Goldfinger (5.11d, 3p)
5. Warhead (5.10a, 5p)
1.  Jul'20
2. 
 Jul'18
3.  Jun'20
4.  Aug'20
5. 
 Aug'20
• CATHEDRAL Wall 1. Kor Route (5.9 R, 7p)
2. Tourist Tragedy (5.9, 5-8p)
1.  Jul'20
2. 
 Jun'20
• CHASM VIEW Wall 1. Directissima (5.10b, 4p)
2. Red Wall (5.10b, 6p)
1.  Sep'19
2. 
Sep'19
• CHIEFS HEAD Peak 1. Birds of Fire (5.11a R, 9p)
2. Cowboys and Indians (5.11c, 11p)
1.  Jul'20
2. 
 Aug'19
 The DIAMOND / LONGS Peak 1. Keyhole Route (2nd)
2. Ariana (5.12a, 6p, ~800')
3. Black Dagger (5.11a, 3p) (+ D7 Pitches 1&2 (5.10b, 2p))
4. Casual Route (5.10a, 8p, ~800')
5. Curving Vine (5.11a, 6p, ~800') + Forrest Finish above Table Ledge (5.9, 2p) to summit
6. D1 (5.12a, 7p, ~1200')
7. D7 (5.11c, 5p, ~800') 
8. 
Pervertical Sanctuary (5.10d, 6p, ~800')
9. Yellow Wall Pitches 1-4 + Forrest Finish (5.10, 6p, ~800')
1.  Aug'14
2.  Aug'14
3.  Aug'19
4.  Jul'18
      Jun'20
      Aug'20
5. 
 Aug'19
6.  Aug'19
    
 Aug'20
7.  Sep'19
      Jun'20
      Aug'20
8. 
 Jul'18
9.  Jul'18
    
 Jul'20
• HALLETT Peak 1. Better Than Love (5.9, 7p)
2. 
Culp-Bossier (5.8, 8p)
3. Northcutt-Carter (5.10b, 7p)
1.  Aug'20
2. 
 Jul'18
3. 
Aug'19
• LOWER EAST Face LONGS Peak Kor's Door (5.9-, 6p) •  Jun'20
• MCHENRYS Peak Dream of Babylon Burning (5.10, 7p) •  Aug'20
• Mt. MEEKER Flying Buttress (full) (5.10, 6p) •  Jul'18
• NOTCHTOP Mountain South Ridge (5.9, 5-6p) •  Jun'07
• PETIT GREPON 1. South Face (5.8, 8p)
2. Southwest Corner (5.9, 9p)
1.  Jun'07
     Jun'20
2.  Aug'19
   
  Jun'20
• The SABER Southwest Corner (5.10, 6+p) •  Jul'18
• SHIP'S Prow • Portal (5.9, 4p)
•  Jun'20
• The SPEARHEAD 1. Age Axe (5.10b, 6p)
2. 
All Two Obvious (5.11d, 8p)
3. The Barb (5.10, 9p)
4. Scimitar + Stone Monkey (5.12a, 5p)
5. 
Sykes Sickle (5.9+, 7p)

1.  Aug'20
2.
  Jul'20
3.
  Jul'19
4.  Jul'20
5.  Aug'14
   
  Jul'20

• YPSILON Mountain Blitzen Ridge (5.4)
•  Aug'20
• ZOWIE Tower South Face w/ variations (One For the Red Team + South Face P3-4 + Magic in the Middle P5-6) (5.9, 6p)
•  Jul'18
Cragging (Multi- and Single-pitch)
"Multi-pitch Cragging" • LUMPY Ridge  The BOOK
1.
Fat City (5.10c, 4p)
2. Femp w/ The Cavity start and Hemp finish (5.10b, 3p)
3.
George's Tree (5.9, 5p)
4. J-Crack (5.9 C1, 3-4p)
5.Loose Ends (5.9, 4p) + Cheap Date (10b, 1p) + Outlander (10c, 1p)
• 
Cragging: Endless Crack Pitch 1 (5.9, 1p), Mission Impossible Pitch 1 (10a, 1p), Mission Accomplished (11a, 1p), Fascist Drill in the West (11b, 1p), Road Kill (10b, 1p), Living Dead (11b, 2p), Dead Boy Direct (11d, 1p)

The BOOKEND
6. 
Climb of the Ancient Mariner (5.10a, 3p)
7. Hot Licks (5.9, 4p)
8. Sorcerer (5.8+, 4p)

The BOOKMARK
9. 
Backflip (5.9, 3p)
10. Fantasy Ridge (5.9, 4p)
11. Melvin's Wheel Territory (5.8+, 3p)
12.
Romulan Territory (10b, 3p)
13. Sidewinder P1&2 + Joy and Tribulation P3 (5.8, 3p)

The CITADEL
14. Heart of Norway (10c, 2p)

LEFT BOOK
15. 
White Whale (5.7, 3p)

The PEAR
16. Right Dihedral (5.9, 2p)

SUNDANCE Buttress
17.
Kor's Flake (5.7+, 5p)
18. Mainliner (5.9, 5p)
19. Sidetrack (5.9, 4-6p)
20. Turnkorner (5.10b, 7p)

TWIN OWLS
• Cragging:
Cackle Crack (5.8, 1p); Hagakure (12a, 1p); Rooster Tail (5.9+, 1p); Tighter Squeeze (5.8-, 1p); East Ridge Pitch 2 (5.8, 1p); Yosemite Crack (5.9-, 1p); Coyote (12b, 1p); Tiger's Tooth Pitch 1 (5.9+, 1p)
1.  Nov'19
2.  Jun'20
3. 
 Jul'18
4.  Jul'18
5.  Jul'18
•  Jun'20

6. 
 May'20
7. 
 Feb'20
8.  Jun'20

9. 
 Mar'20
10.  May'20
11. 
 Mar'20
12. 
 Nov'19
13.  May'20

14. 
 Jun'20

15. 
 Jun'20

16. 
 Jun'20

17. 
 Feb'20
18. 
 Jul'18
19.  Feb'20
20. 
 Aug'19

• 
 Sep'19
Cragging
(mostly single-pitch)
• ROCK OF AGES 1. Center Dihedral (5.10c/d, 2p, 150')
2. Days of Heaven (5.10d, 3p, 200')
3. Greensleeves (5.12b, 1p, 100')
4. 
Heavenly Daze (5.12b, 1p, 110')
5. Nameless Demons (5.10b, 2p, 130')
6. Wasp, The (5.12d, 1p, 100')

1.  May'20
2.  Jul'18
     Jul'20
3. 
 Jul'20
4. 
 May'20
5.  May'20
6.  Jul'20
Multi-Day/Peak Expeditions
Multi-Day/Peak • "A Walk in the Park" Traverse (aka "The Great Wheel") Thatchtop - Powell - McHenrys - Chiefs Head - Pagoda - Longs - Stone - Half (~15 miles, rock up to 5.4, 13 hours car to car) •  Jul'20
Multi-Day/Peak • ESTES SKYLINE High Route 1. Mummy - Hauges - Fairchild - Ida -Chief Cheley - Taylor - Powell (~50 miles, 3rd class, 3.5 days)
2. 
Mummy - Hauges - Fairchild - Ypsilon - Ida - Chief Cheley - Sprague - Taylor - Powell -  McHenrys - Stoneman - Chiefs Head - Pagoda - Longs - Meeker (~50 miles, rock up to 5.4, 3.5 days)
1.  Jun'20
2. 
 Jul'20

SHELF ROAD
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
Cragging
(single-pitch)
 SHELF ROAD Climbing • various routes
•  2019-present

SOUTH PLATTE
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
"Multi-pitch Cragging"  CATHEDRAL SPIRES Climbing 1. The Bishop: Bishop Offwidth (5.11a, 1-2p) & Bishop Crack (5.12b, 1p)
2. Block Tower:
Hurt Dance (5.10a, 3p)
3. Cynical Pinnacle:
Center Route (5.9+, 3p) & Wunsch's Dihedral (5.11b, 4p)
4. Sunshine Wall: Gonzo's Lament (5.9, 4p) + Standard Route Pitches 1-3 (5.11a, 2-3p)
5. Sunshine Wall: Turkey Foot Crack (all 3 toes) + Rip Van Winkle + summit block (5.10b, 4p + extra toes)
1.  Feb'20
2. 
 Jan'20
3. 
 Nov'19
4.  Feb'20
5. 
 Nov'19
"Multi-pitch Cragging"  SHEEP NOSE • Lost in Space (5.9, 3-4p) + cragging at base
•  Jan'20
Cragging
(single-pitch)
 THUNDER RIDGE Climbing  • various routes •  2019-present
Cragging
(mostly single-pitch)
 TURKEY ROCKS Climbing  • various routes
•  2019-present

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