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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.
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.
Weather station 11.2 miles from here
191 Total Routes
['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',52],['2 Stars',81],['1 Star',27],['Bomb',3]
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The Cement Garden 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
: Carbondale Area
: ... : Narrows Proper
This route climbs the spider-webbed, paralleling seams up the glassy panel of rock on your left when you first enter the corridor. It sort of looks like a cracked sidewalk turned vertically, hence the name (also inspired by the Ian McEwan book). After the glassy panel the route more or less hugs the arete feature at the border of the good rock (on the right) and the shattered junk-blocks (on the left).The route starts just uphill from the lone tree in the corridor, and can easily be toproped by ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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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.