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Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff 


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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 39.6429, -106.379 View Map  Incorrect?
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Near Vail Pass.

Description 

This area encompasses a geographic location with a variety of vertical type experiences. You probably have heard most about the Vail ice and you can find that under the CO ice/mixed section. In this section, you will find various rock cragging on sandstone, limestone, gneiss, schist, and even some granite. While this generally has little for a destination type of experience, there is still some interesting crags to find vertical pleasure.

Some of the climbing here is protected in information accessibility and locals may cringe to see non-Eagle county folks playing here. Nonetheless, we have to share amiably and symbiose.

Some of the better known areas include Lime Park's limestone, Wolcott's sandstone & nearby Gilman's gneiss, but there is more for the exploring types.

Due to the increased elevation, most of the cragging in this area is limited to April to October times.


Getting There 

As a well-known ski area, this general location is easy to find. I-70 accesses this area from either east or west (100 miles West of Denver). From the south, you can access this area via CO Hwy 9 (past Copper Mountain) or US 24 (through Minturn). From the north, you can access this area via CO Hwy 9 (Silverthorne) or CO Hwy 131 (Wolcott). The ice cragging is mostly visible from I-70. Parking is challenging, since all street parking in Vail is subject to ticketing. Gilman, illegal to access, is reached via US 24 south from Minturn.


Weather 

You can check NOAA.


Leadville climbing website 

www.40minutesfromleadville.com


Nearby Leadville 

Since we split off Leadville, click here to find Leadville crags.


132 Total Routes


['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',39],['2 Stars',50],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',4],['5.8',7],['5.9',11],['5.10',17],['5.11',24],['5.12',20],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',11],['V2-3',22],['V4-5',8],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff:
Too Tall Jones   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Cemetery Blocks : Cemetery Block
Golden Years   V5 6C     Boulder   Wolcott Crags and Boulders : Waterside Boulder
Drilla From Manilla   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Prow
Snail Trail   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Prow
Chupacabra   5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Wolcott Crags and Boulders : Upper Tier (Bocco Area)
Old School   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Prow
Corporate Greed   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
Rafting with Rednecks (aka "Test")   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Drift Away   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Grove
Uckfay Ushbay   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Tears   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Blood   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Smoke on the Water   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
Drive By Shooting   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
The Bush League   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : North Wall
Drill for the Thrill   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Prow
Momentary Lack of Resin   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
Swell   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Grove
Snipe Hunter   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
Unknown (Right Arch of Cave)   5.13 8a 29 X- E7 6c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Punchbowl
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Photos of Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Cliff Slideshow Add Photo
Bouldering in Vail. It's not Photoshopped, I swear.
Bouldering in Vail. It's not Photoshopped, I swear...
Some deepwater freesoloing.
Some deepwater freesoloing.
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Rock & Ice 1993 Vail article, page 1.
BETA PHOTO: Rock & Ice 1993 Vail article, page 1.
Again some deepwater freesoloing on the Colorado River.
Again some deepwater freesoloing on the Colorado R...
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By Rob Dillon
Jul 4, 2012

Um, why is Leadville lumped in with Eagle/Vail? Leadville is about as close to Eagle as Boulder is to Estes Park, but they don't get the same listing.

By Leo Paik
Administrator
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jul 5, 2012

Rob, good question. Part of the issue for now is that there wasn't a Leadville entry, and there weren't already a bunch of nearby crags. So, if someone writes up a good entry for Leadville, we can move Leadville crags there. This whole shebang of climbing...com and mountainproject.com is an organic kind of thing. It evolves as folks put the time in to make it better. So, if you get inspired, write a good entry for Leadville, and then we can move it there. Right now, for me, time is a bit tight. Otherwise, it's on my to do list. Thanks!

By Rob Dillon
Jul 7, 2012

Thanks, Leo. Listing stuff by valley might be the most sensible approach of all, as towns are kinda spread out and the climbing is mostly in between them, but then what do ya do with places like Independence Pass...?

By Rob Dillon
Jun 27, 2013

Y'all feel free to wade through this for all the beta.