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Carbondale Area 


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Mount Sopris

Introduction 

Situated between Glenwood Springs and Aspen, Carbondale lies in the shadow of 12,953-foot Mount Sopris, and is a small but growing town of about 6000 people. Cardondale is quickly becoming one of the most sought out places to live in Colorado if not the USA according the magazines such as Outside and Adventure. It is also the home of the two largest climbing magazines, Climbing and Rock and Ice so you would expect some good climbing close by!

Outdoor activities aren't limited to climbing, with great biking, kayaking and fly-fishing in the summer and excellent cross-country and backcountry skiing as well. It is also the home of Lou Dawson. one of the country's true backcountry ski pioneer's and member of the Colorado Ski and Board Hall of fame. Also, not to forget is that Aspen is 20 minutes up the road.


Getting There 

Carbondale is located 170 miles west of Denver and 30 miles north of Aspen in the heart of Colorado's central Rocky Mountains. It is accessible from Interstate-70 through Glenwood Springs, which is 12 miles north of Carbondale.

Carbondale offers convenient access to three commercial airports: Aspen, Eagle and Grand Junction. It is approximately a three hour drive to Denver International Airport.

There is daily bus service to and from Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Aspen. Greyhound buses and Amtrack passenger trains arrive daily in Glenwood Springs.


Climbing Season


170 Total Routes


['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',43],['2 Stars',75],['1 Star',25],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',6],['5.7',3],['5.8',8],['5.9',10],['5.10',28],['5.11',22],['5.12',12],['5.13',5],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',15],['V2-3',34],['V4-5',13],['V6-7',6],['V8-9',6],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Carbondale Area:
Corkscrew   V5 6C     Boulder   River Boulders : Corkscrew Boulder
Linkenstein   V5+ 6C+     Boulder, 409'   Redstone Boulders : Stein Boulder
Slopenstein   V6 7A     Boulder   Redstone Boulders : Stein Boulder
Frankenstein   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Redstone Boulders : Stein Boulder
People's Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Narrows : Narrows Proper
Been Caught Stealin'   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Narrows : The School Yard
Semi-Splitter   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Redstein : 2nd Band
Jenga Buttress Crack aka 10a Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Narrows : Narrows Proper
Happy Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Redstein : 2nd Band
Nose Job   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Frying Pan : The Skillet
Snap, Crackle, Pop   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Narrows : Narrows Proper
The Art of Breaking   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   The Narrows : Narrows Proper
Party At Your Mama's House   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   The Narrows : The Front Porch
Slice and Dice   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Narrows : The Front Porch
El Guapo   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Narrows : The Watchtower
The Village Idiot   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   The Narrows : Narrows Proper
Cleanup Hitter   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Narrows : The Front Porch
Back From The Dead   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Narrows : The Front Porch
The Technician   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Frying Pan : The Skillet
Red Faction   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Narrows : Narrows Proper
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Finishing up Slopenstein.  The big hold before the topout.

Slopenstein V6 7A  CO : Carbondale Area : ... : Stein Boulder
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By Joe Collins
May 21, 2008

SKI FOUND IN CRYSTAL CHUTE, MOUNT SOPRIS

I located your ski in the upper part of the Crystal Chute the other day. Dynafit ski with an AT binding. Unfortunately, there was no way I was carrying it out with the impending mammoth bushwack back to the trailhead. I planted it straight out of the slope at the bottom of the hourglass. You should be able to see it with a good pair of binocs from HWY 133 south of Carbondale.