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By Dan.Schultz
From SW Colorado
Dec 2, 2012
Selfie in the Sierras

Just an intro: I'm moving to Crested Butte, CO at the beginning of January. I'm interested in doing a good deal of alpine/ice/anything climbing when I'm out there.

I'm 20 years old with not too much climbing experience: I've led several 5.7 multipitch trad routes in New Hampshire, led up to 5.10 in sport climbing.
Plenty of backpacking and physical training experience: I soloed the Sierra High Route this summer in two weeks/have been running/weight training since early high school.

I basically just got into climbing/backpacking about a year ago and dropped everything I had going to go do it all the time. I am curious if anyone had any good starting points. I will probably be able to climb every weekend. I don't have much in the way of gear either. Just enough for sport-climbing: which I'm not incredibly interested in compared to alpine climbing. I already own "Freedom of the Hills" and "Extreme Alpinism." If anyone has recommendations for starting gear, nearby climbs/routes, or ways to find climbing partners... well that would be sick.

Thanks!
-Dan S.


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By LB Mullin Jr.
From Gunnison, CO
Dec 3, 2012
Base camp for Torres del Paine

Hi Dan,
I have been living in the valley for 8 years. I learned most of what I know here locally. There is access to everything you need to learn. Sport, trad, alpine, ice you just need the motivation. The lack of gear is going to hold you back more than anything else as long as you don't spend all of your time skiing(might not be a problem this year). You need boots, crampons, and tools to do any ice/apline climbing(and avy gear for the big stuff). I could easily show you some easy access climbing in the local area when you get here depending on what you are trying to do. Feel free to ask me any questions you have.
Peace
LB


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By Dan.Schultz
From SW Colorado
Dec 4, 2012
Selfie in the Sierras

How much $ do you think I'll need to drop on boots, crampons, and ice tools? I'm not really interested in skiing, *gasp* even though I'm moving to CB. I should be okay on bivy gear for the most part. Hopefully I will have a full set of gear by mid march so I can hit some melted and refrozen snow. Thanks for the help man; I'll hit you up when I get out there.


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