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#396 - 06/09/00 03:14 AM Colorado Sport Climbing
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Can anyone recommend sport climbing areas in Colorado that have moderate (5.9-5.11) well bolted routes? I'm planning a trip in early August.


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#397 - 06/20/00 04:07 PM Re: Colorado Sport Climbing
Anonymous
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You might be interested in North Table Mountain, in Golden. It's a basalt
mesa with "hundreds" of routes. You can get route descriptions in the Falcon
guidebook "Classic Rock #17: Golden Cliffs, Colorado" by Peter Hubbel.

Walter


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#398 - 07/07/00 05:33 PM Re: Colorado Sport Climbing
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Table mountain is O.K. for morning and cool days as it has lots of sun and no trees. Its worth a visit but should not be the only place you visit. Boulder Canyon and Clear Creek canyon offer moderate sport toutes in the 5.9 - 5.11 range that offer some respite from the heat and alot more variety then table mtn. Guidebooks are available locally or fron Chessler books. There are also sport routes available around estes park if its really hot.

If you're up for a drive (5-6hours from boulder), Wild Iris (outside Lander Wyoming)probably has the best selection of sport routes in the 5.9 - 5.11 and is located at a cool elevation with free camping. Its low key during the week and busier on the weekends. Other areas in Colorado to consider are Monitor Rock and Independence Pass on the way to Aspen. Good camping in the vicinity and lots of other things to do. Rock and Ice had a guide to Monitor rock awhile back, I'm not sure if anything is published in guidebook form. Guidebooks are available for the independence pass area. Chech with Chessler books or Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder for availability of guidebooks/magazine articles. Have a good trip!


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