";s:4:"text";s:3730:" Trango offers two types: the Sicuro and the Zenith. Osprey Mutant Climbing Pack $100 And in the spring and summer, some areas close for nesting raptors. From climbing terms to the newbie-friendly crags, we've got you covered with this introductory guide to Centennial State stone. Independence Pass is comprised of three federally-designated Wilderness areas: The Hunter-Fryingpan, Collegiate Peaks, and Mount Massive Wilderness areas.
Initially a casino opened by daring entrepreneur Spencer Penrose, the Broadmoor has long had an adventurous streak. For a little less pucker, head to the Jurassic Park–Lily Lake area’s bountiful short (and largely sport) routes. More experienced climbers would take ambitious noobs under their wings and safely introduce them to the logistics of climbing: knots, rope work, gear placement, technique, environmental ethics, etc. Clear Creek Canyon | Traditional, Sport, Bouldering. Monthly: $82, The Breakdown: 250-plus boulder problems contained in 40,000 square feet. From Grand Junction Aspen is an easy 2-1/2 hours east on I-70 connecting to Highway 82 East in Glenwood Springs. This area provides a fun scene during a bluebird summer day with friendly dogs and their owners hanging out around the crag.
A sedimentary rock that’s very hard and marked by cobbly, gravel-like features.
From Denver Drive I-70 West to 91 South through Leadville, to 24 South, west onto Highway 82 over Independence Pass (open only during the warm weather months) into Aspen. Trango Zenith Helmet $100 Visit independencebouldering.com or purchase the Independence Rock Climbing II guidebook, for detailed maps, at the Ute Mountaineer. In the past couple of years, several new climbing gyms have joined the dozens that already exist along the Front Range. For those die-hard climbers, we suggest a short trip to Independence Pass for a day full of glorious sport and trad routes on heavily featured granite and metamorphosed gneiss. These mellower climbs still afford incredible perspectives on the southern San Juans, though, and require enough juice to warrant partaking in the Hotel Telluride’s complimentary afternoon milk and cookies.
Most of the area’s 80-plus routes can be top-roped—but get there early to do it because this place bakes once it loses the a.m. shade.
Day Pass: $21 Colorado gear for Centennial State climbers. Cool, dry days are perfect for the sandstone pillars at Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Open Space. Find it: Shelf Road, Rifle Mountain Park, Sandstone Situated near the Royal Gorge, Shelf Road gets about 300 days of sunshine, making its limestone faces an ideal option for early season, late season, and even winter climbing. (The rope is only used to protect falls. From the classic trad routes up Boulder’s signature sandstone silhouettes (the East Face of the Third Flatiron has been called one of the best beginner climbs in the universe, and we agree) to finger-chewing bouldering on Flagstaff Mountain to boundary-pushing sport climbs, the Flatirons have it all.