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Mar 25, 2013
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I'm looking for continuous easy ridge lines as training for longer alpine traverses.
- Something more like a picket fence rather than Angel's way/Satan slab in Flatirons. That is, overall not too technical. Maybe with occasional 5.6 move, but where you can run/hop most of the way.
- Something that isn't closed for falcons right now.

I've heard there's Eldo to S.Boulder Peak ridge. Any beta on it?

Edit: No steep snow.
Vanya Perevozov
From Denver, CO
Joined Oct 9, 2008
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Mar 25, 2013
Count Chockula
Kelso Ridge between Kelso and Torreys? Count Chockula
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Mar 25, 2013
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Count Chockula wrote:
Kelso Ridge between Kelso and Torreys?


Decent bit of class 2+, maybe 3rd, on Kelso but you can extend the ridge to either Edwards or Grizzly and Loveland Pass if you want,

How about Citadel to Pettingel? Can also extend the ridge in either direction but it would be running or hiking rather than scrambling.
[url]http://www.mountainproject.com/v/east-ridge---the-citadel-clear-creek-co/107952010[/url]

Is this the type of route you're looking for?
Ralph Kolva
From Evergreen, CO
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Mar 25, 2013
Sobo is closed yo mtoensing
From Boulder
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Mar 25, 2013
Kasparov Traverse - if the mile long ridgeline isn't long enough you could turn around and do it the other direction. I guarantee it will feel different going the other way. You're probably a few months out before the Indian Peaks thaw out enough to let you run and hop on this one. Matt Bosquez
From Denver, CO
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Mar 25, 2013
the monkey van
Thanks for replies.
Bummer on SoBo
Will have to read up more on these ridges, but they look very promising. How long would you wait after a snowstorm before going there? Do you need crampons on approach this time of year?
Forgot to mention: I suck on snow.
Vanya Perevozov
From Denver, CO
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Mar 25, 2013
Upper Parunuweap Canyon
Vanya, here are a few others, but they'll be snowy:

mountainproject.com/v/east-rid...
mountainproject.com/v/blitzen-...
fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
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Mar 25, 2013
Upper Parunuweap Canyon
p.s. avalanche.state.co.us/index.ph...
2 people got caught in an avalanche on Blitzen recently; 1 died.

I would go with you after I get back. I have an extra pair of snowshoes if you need to borrow some.
fossana
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Mar 26, 2013
the monkey van
Thanks Michelle. I'd wait at least for the ridge to melt off, before heading there Vanya Perevozov
From Denver, CO
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Mar 26, 2013
Bouldering at right side of Sun Deck
Evans - Bierstadt - If you are willing to go more than an hour, Ellingwood on La Plata, nothing real soon though, you're going to have to wait awhile. I also second numerous ridges in Indian Peaks and Blitzen, though that can be pretty commiting compared to what it sounds like you're after. YDPL8S
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Mar 27, 2013
Above the beautifully positioned routes at Makapuu...
Cool thread!

I am very happy to be headed to the front range from Osaka this July. I was thinking about some sweet ridges as well.

There are some great suggestions here. I am also contemplating the Keyhole Ridge on Longs, but that is farther than an hour from Denver.

Any other thoughts if we bumped the range up to say 2-3 hours from Denver?

Cheers from Japan,

john
John Shultz
From Osaka, Japan
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Mar 27, 2013
Above the beautifully positioned routes at Makapuu...
Also, the East Ridge on the Spy to the North Arete on the First Flatiron looks like a great moderate ridge linkup. John Shultz
From Osaka, Japan
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Mar 28, 2013
the monkey van
Thanks for Spy suggestion. Not exactly what I was looking for, but would be nice to link with other flatirons.

Looks like I'm stuck with flatirons for the next few months.
Any guestimates about what would be the first scramble to melt off?
Vanya Perevozov
From Denver, CO
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