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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BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON
Map of Black Canyon from Black Canyon page.
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
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)  Comic Relief (5.10, 8p, ~950')   Jul'18
 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

BOULDER CANYON
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
 BOULDER CANYON Climbing • 1st time climbing in Boulder Canyon (1 day of cragging)

* Other routes I've climbed at Boulder Canyon
•  Jul'18

*  2018-2019

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
 ELDORADO CANYON Climbing 1. 3 Days: The Naked Edge (5.11b, 6 pitches) and various other routes
2. 3 Days: Various routes

* Several other routes I've climbed at Eldorado Canyon
1.  Aug'14
2.  Jul'18

*  2014-2019

ESTES PARK AREA
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
 The CRAGS Climbing The Golden Staircase (5.9-5.11, 14p, sport) •  Sep'19
• LUMPY Ridge 1. The BOOK: Fat City (5.10c, 4p)
2. The BOOK:
George's Tree (5.9, 5p)
3. The BOOK: J-Crack (5.9 C1, 3-4p)
4. The BOOK: Loose Ends (5.9, 4p) + Cheap Date (10b, 1p) + Outlander (10c, 1p)
5. The BOOKMARK: Romulan Territory (10b, 3p)
6. SUNDANCE Buttress: Mainliner (5.9, 5p)
7. SUNDANCE Buttress: Turnkorner (5.10b, 7p)
8. 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. 
 Jul'18
3.  Jul'18
4.  Jul'18
5.  Nov'19
6. 
 Jul'18
7.  Aug'19
8. 
 Sep'19

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
 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

RIFLE MOUNTAIN PARK
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
 RIFLE Climbing • 1st time climbing at Rifle (1 day of cragging): Borat, Carlin, Feline, Merry Maids, Spuds in Space •  Jul'19

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
• ARROWHEAD Arrowplane (5.11a, 6p) •  Jul'18
• CHASM VIEW Wall 1. Directissima (5.10b, 4p)
2. Red Wall (5.10b, 6p)
1.  Sep'19
2. 
Sep'19
• CHIEFS HEAD Peak Cowboys and Indians (5.11c, 11p) •  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, 7p, ~800')
5. Curving Vine (5.11a, 6p, ~800') + Forrest Finish above Table Ledge (5.9, 2p) to the top
6. D1 Pitches 1-4 (5.11, 4p, ~600')
7. D7 (5.11c, 5p, ~800') + Kiener's Route (3rd/4th to summit)
8. 
Pervertical Sanctuary (5.10d, 6p, ~800')
9. Yellow Wall Pitches 1-4 + Forrest Finish (5.10, 6p, ~800') + Kiener's Route (3rd/4th to summit)
1.  Aug'14
2.  Aug'14
3.  Aug'19
4. 
 Jul'18
5. 
 Aug'19
6.  Aug'19
7.  Sep'19
8. 
 Jul'18
9. 
 Jul'18
• HALLETT Peak 1. Culp-Bossier (5.8, 8p)
2. Northcutt-Carter (5.10b, 7p)
1.  Jul'18
2. 
Aug'19
• 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
2.
  Aug'19
• ROCK OF AGES Days of Heaven (5.10d, 3p, 200')
•  Jul'18
• The SABER Southwest Corner (5.10, 6+p) •  Jul'18
• The SPEARHEAD 1. The Barb (5.10, 9p)
2. 
Sykes Sickle (5.9+, 7p)
1.  Jul'19
2.
  Aug'14
• 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

SHELF ROAD
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
 SHELF ROAD Climbing • 1st time climbing at Shelf Road (1 day of cragging): 12 routes at Cactus Cliff area
•  Oct'19

SOUTH PLATTE
AREA / WALL ROUTE DATE / LINK
 CATHEDRAL SPIRES Climbing 1. Cynical Pinnacle: Center Route (5.9+, 3p) & Wunsch's Dihedral (5.11b, 4p)
2. Sunshine Wall: 
1.  Nov'19
2. 
 Nov'19
 TURKEY ROCKS & THUDER RIDGE Climbing 1. 1st time climbing at Turkey Rocks (2 days of cragging)
2. 1st time climbing at Thunder Ridge (1 day of cragging)
1.  Jul'19
2. 
 Nov'19

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