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Colorado Rock Climbing
With some of the best and most versatile climbing in the country Colorado should be on any road trippers tick list.
With the long trad lines in Eldorado Canyon, Amazing alpine climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park, short sport pitches of Rifle, amazing granite bouldering in Skyland, and many classic areas inbetween any climber can keep themselves entertained out here.
Plan on hitting Colorado in the spring and fall as summer can be quite hot and winters can be unbearably cold.
To sum climbing in Colorado up in two words...It's Stellar!!

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Eldorado Canyon:
General Information: The premier trad climber's paradise in the States (rivaled only by Yosemite itself) lies 7 miles southwest of Boulder, Colorado. This spectacular canyon presents potential climbers with excellent trad climbing on walls up to 700 ft. tall. With more than 600 routes in the canyon and a multitude of opportunties still lurking - Eldorado Canyon can't be beat, Eldorado has MORE than a lifetime supply of rock. Eldo as it is known to the locals also is home to world famous routes such as The Naked Edge, Rosy Crusifiction, Bastille Crack and Inner Space.
Directions: From Boulder, take HW 93 (Broadway) South until you get to the first stop light after leaving Boulder. This is Eldorado Springs Dr. Take this West until you hit the town. The park entrance is at the end of the dirt road into town. From Denver get onto 6th Ave. and follow that west into Golden, stay on this road as it turns north and heads up to Boulder. After a while of driving take a right on Eldorado Springs Dr. Take this West until you hit the town. The park entrance is at the end of the dirt road into town.
Quantity of Routes: Lifetime
Camping: None
Books and References: Climbing Colorado by Falcon Press

Rocky Mountain National Park:
General Information: Amazing historic alpine climbing in one of the lower 48's major alpine playgrounds. You should feel comfortable leading at least one grade harder than the route you wish to do, as the altitude and sandbag nature of the area can lead to some horrendous epics.
Directions: Enter the park by driving east of Estes Park, enter through the kiosk and pay your money to enter the park. The rangers will be able to point you in the right direction as for roads to follow to the trailheads.
Quantity of Routes: Lifetime
Camping: Yes
Books and References: Rock Climbing Colorado, by Stuart M Green.


Rifle Mountain Park:
General Information: Rifle Mountain Park is considered by many to be America's Premier Sport Climbing Area. Has quite possibly the largest concentration of hard sport routes in America on bombproof limestone caves and walls. One day to camp with car $19, or park fee: $4.
Directions: Lies 13 miles north of Rifle, Colorado. Take 325 north from I-70 to the park entrance.
Quantity of Routes: Lifetime
Camping: Pay
Books and References: "Bite the Bullet" by Dave Pegg, and Climbing Boulder
Skyland:
General Information: With lots of classic problems this is the must visit bouldering area in Colorado. Its located on the flanks of Mt. Crested Butte in an asthetic aspen field that makes for great photos when the leaves change colors. With problems from V-0 to V-9 this area has opportunities for all boulderer's especially moderate climbers. (Note, most problems here tend to be on the high side so bring a pad and a good spotter)
Directions: From the 4 way stop continue toward Mt Crested Butte, go about 2.3 miles and take a right onto Snowmass Road. Turn onto Hunter Hill Road imediatly after turning onto Snowmass and drive .5 of a mile to a parking area where the road curves. Take the "Upper Loop Trail" south for at least 15 minutes and find the boulder of your choice.
Quantity of Routes: Lifetime
Books and References: "Colorado Bouldering" by Philip Benningfield contains many of the areas and covers most of the must


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