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By Ben Pattison
Apr 17, 2012

Hi everybody,

I'm heading to the Teva Mountain Games this may and while out there would love to summit some 14ers and get some decent climbing in.

The route mentioned above caught my interest but I was wondering if the Summit of Mt Bross was still closed, if it is does everyone still summit anyway? Or would it be best not to? Also, what sort of conditions can I expect up there in late may/early june? ( www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=bros6&peak=Democrat%2C+Cam>>> )

We're going to be in the Vail area for about 2 weeks, i'll be bringing my trad and sport rack as well as my bouldering pads...any suggestions on good places to climb is greatly appreciated (I climb 10s and boulder V4 if it helps to know).


Thanks in advance.

BP


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By AndyMac
From Center, CO
Apr 17, 2012

The 14er police are always waiting on top of Bross for trespassers. No, you'll be fine. They should be in good shape too.


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By JoeValley
Apr 17, 2012

You should enter the citizen's bouldering comp in Vail village. Kluttergarden in Red Cliff is good for bouldering. There is also a small sport climbing crag on Homesteak road. After that continue on to Independence pass for trad and fourteener options. After that drop down the otherside of the pass and swing thru Aspen. Next stop and do some more bouldering in Redstone. You could stop by rifle to sample some of colorados slickest limestone or hit up the Poux outside Glenwood Springs.


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By Dave Bn
From Fort Collins, CO
Apr 17, 2012
Dreamweaver

The summit of Bross is an ungodly crap heap of choss and scree (I wouldn't personally know of course, because trespassing's illegal...). All four peaks are ho-hum(ish) at best. If you're staying in Vail either take a short trip north to the magnificently craggy and beautiful Gore Range or west to the Elks.

The Mosquito range is a waste of time in my opinion - unless you're gonna hit the ice on Lincoln.


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By Ben Pattison
Apr 18, 2012

Thanks for the advise.

The citizens comp is one of the reasons for going out there! Super stoked about that.

The Kluttergarden might be where we end up camping (is that allowed there? - We're dirt bagging it as we're broke college kids) - I'll have to check out the crag you mentioned as I'm going with a couple of kayakers.

Thanks for the tip on the gore range! I'll definitely check out some more info on that.


Cheers

BP


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