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By Shane N
From Portland, Maine
Nov 23, 2013

My girlfriend and I are heading to Colorado on June 6th to attend her brothers wedding. We have to be in Telluride by the 14th, giving us 7 days to climb and hike around CO.

I would imagine we'll fly into Denver and rent a car, but that's all we have penciled in at this point. I've been cruising around MP for possible destinations, but with all the options it's hard to narrow it down. Boulder and boulder canyon look like a promising spot to spend a day or 2. We're looking for sport routes up to 5.11 but preferably 10s and lower so we both get to lead. Multi pitch would be a bonus.

Any advice on places to climb and hike would be an immense help. We're also (obviously) looking to stay for cheap/free so camping or bare bones accommodations would be ideal. Thanks for the help!


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By george wilkey
From travelers rest sc
Nov 23, 2013
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if you want sport, rifle mtn park is about 4 hours from telluride or Denver. the falls wall in telluride has some good sport routes but not a huge amount. shelf road is not too far by western standards and has a ton of sport. just to name a few.

camping is around 7 bucks a night at rifle and shelf
(blm) and plenty of free camping in the national forest near telluride.

also several 14000 foot peaks to climb near telluride if your into mountaineering.


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By Jon Lachelt
From Fort Collins, CO
Nov 25, 2013

Shane N wrote:
We're looking for sport routes up to 5.11 but preferably 10s and lower so we both get to lead. Multi pitch would be a bonus.


One of my favorite routes around here is Brown Palace, 6 pitches of well-bolted sport climbing... the longest pure sport route in CO. Brown Palace
Two of the pitches are easy 5.11. And it's got a very easy approach.


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By Ralph Swansen
From Denver CO
Nov 25, 2013
Escalante Canyon

Stopping at Rifle on the way to T-ride would be good since it is close to the highway. There is BLM land nearby, you just have to research it. Mt. Sneffels is a cool 14 er.


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By Victor K
From Denver, CO
Nov 25, 2013
Water!

In addition, to the mentioned areas, and if you're passing through the summit area (Eisenhower Tunnel, I-70) there is Mount Royal in Frisco. This has long multi-pitch sport right in your sweet spot and a grueling 3 min approach on a gravel bike path.


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By martinharris
From Glenwood Springs CO
Nov 25, 2013

Indy pass and rifle and clear creek probably the best sport I have done in the state.


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By DoNstamos
From SLC/Detroit/Dragons
Nov 25, 2013
legend

Yes I second Mount Royal! ( royal flush = 1600 ft 5.9+- all bolted. Though for some a few cams/nuts are good if run outs aren't your thing.) As well as clear creek canyon. If you're in clear creek county there is plenty of free camping to be had depending on your vehicles capabilities.


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