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By Alex M. Smith
From Jersey City, NJ
Oct 19, 2012
Mt. Marcy

Hey guys,

I'm headed to Basalt to visit the gf in a few weeks and looking to get some climbing in while I'm there. Between the two of us, we're looking for sport stuff anywhere up to the middle 5.10 range. Do you guys have any recommendations for a pretty good concentration of fun, easier problems? Looks like a lot of stuff nearby (Independence Pass, Carbondale, Rifle), but most of the "classics" seem to be in the upper 5.10/5.11 range.

Looking forward to any and all (constructive) suggestions!


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By Jonas Salk
Oct 19, 2012

There's a guidebook for Rifle and western CO that covers that whole area, a worthwhile guide if you are going to be there for more than a few days. If you are looking for easy-medium sport and you don't mind driving 45 minutes to an hour, I'd recommend Pup Tent of Solitude. Fun stuff from as easy as it gets to pretty hard.
www.mountainproject.com/v/carbondale/105802064 www.mountainproject.com/v/pup-tent-of-solitude/106947989

Also this site is very useful for the area. Run by locals who put up the routes and are super nice people to boot.
www.splitterchoss.com/


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By Alex M. Smith
From Jersey City, NJ
Oct 21, 2012
Mt. Marcy

Awesome, thanks for the heads up Jonas! Pup Tent does look like it offers a good range of stuff, so we might have to check that out (and pick up the guidebook). Any other suggestions out there? I'm sure there are a few people in CO that climb below 5.11!


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By Brian marsh
From Snowmass
Oct 21, 2012
Relaxing at the top of looking glass.

Check out pooh corner on independence pass. Depends on when you're here it may be closed by than but the route on baby face are super fun. Sugar coated flake 5.8 (or 5.9 depending on the guide book) is one of my favorites in the area.


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By Brent Apgar
From Out of the Loop
Oct 22, 2012
Me and Spearhead

Brian marsh wrote:
Check out pooh corner on independence pass. Depends on when you're here it may be closed by than


And even if they haven't closed the pass yet it's definitely getting to be winter in the mountains so check the weather before you go.

Rifle would be fun, there's been a lot of newer route development in the range you're looking at and IMO this is the best time of year to climb out there.


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By Alvaro Arnal
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From Aspen, CO
Oct 22, 2012
Pup Tent OS

If it's still going to be a few weeks before you get out here to climb then Indy Pass will probably be closed and if not then probably damn cold. I'm assuming that if you're coming from NJ you're going to want the Colorado experience and not just climb at a local roadside chosspile (aka our beloved Puoux)? If so, then as someone else mentioned, your best bet for a nice, warm location with climbs in the range you're looking for is the Pup Tent.

Unfortunately the Rifle guide only contains about 10 of the 50+ climbs that are currently up there. If you do end up going there, shoot me an email and I can send you the latest topo with all the climbs. Hell, I may even see you there as it's getting to be the time to head downvalley to climb in the sun and my gf really likes it there.


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By brat
Oct 22, 2012
Celebrating on Intersection Rock, JTree.

There is enough in the easier 5.10 and under range in Rifle to entertain for a couple days. Plus you can watch the circus.


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