Best Crack Wall
Buddha's Belly Wall
Cut the Rope Wall aka Tom Sawyer Wall
Groove Rock aka Leap of Faith Area
Little Finger aka Penis Rock Area
Rock 'N Roll Wall
Slab of No Return
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Living in Gunnnison, CO, I have noticed a peculiar absence of information on climbing in this area. The stellar climbing is often overshadowed by, of course, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Located four miles outside of Gunnison, Hartman Rocks is a great area for those interested in a multi-sport environment. It is a multi-use area with miles of off-road and mountain bike trails, free camping, and of course great rock climbing. The rock is a granite, often compared to J-tree, bomber in most areas and loose and crumbly in others. All types of climbing can be done here; however, it has mostly bolted routes (5.5-5.12+), great bouldering in the V-easy to V-hard range, with a few trad cracks thrown in for good measure. Most routes can be accessed from the parking areas of the crags with anchors for top-ropes too. Some classics include Buddha's Belly, Tiger Stripe Wall, and Super Slabs. The climbing community has been putting up routes here for years, but new opportunity abounds. If you see a line you want to try, if it can't go clean, bolting is not frowned upon. Ammenities can be found in Gunnison ranging from a KOA campground to restaurants and even a hospital! lol Rock and Roll Sports in Gunnison is a great place for beta (free climbing guide), and local climbers are friendly and a great source for info.
Gunnison is located on US 50 between Salida and Montrose. Heading west out of town on US 50 (Tomichi) you will see a sign for Hartman Rocks (if you cross a bridge you've gone too far.) The KOA campground is shortly on the right and after about 2 miles you will see the entrance to the park on the right. Stay on the dirt road going up a heavily washboarded hill. Once at the top make your second left and the crags are located on the left (east) side of the road. There are numerous different areas to climb at, the first prominent pulloff on the left being the Buddha's Belly Area.
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Watching in Silence 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a CO : Gunnison : ... : Rock 'N Roll Wall
This is the bolted line on the left face. It is one of the best 5.9 sport routes at Hartman's. It is uncharacteristically steep and dynamic for the area. The crux can be done many ways, but my favorite was watching a 9 year-old crank off of double heel hooks....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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