In my opinion, this is the best climb in Cracked Canyon. This climb has it all, balance, technique, strength, and great gear. Follow up a beautiful, blank, right-facing dihedral (with the left side slightly overhanging). This route bounces around through the first 1/2, sometimes all on the face to the right, most of the time right in the dihedral. After the lower section is completed, break left (or go straight up for more style points) on a weakness in the dihedral. Stand on a great rest l...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
It's located only a couple miles from Telluride and is visible from town. It traverses a large cliff wall below Ajax Peak on a continuos horizontal ledge system that is about 200-300 ft. up. You can access it from the left or right edge. Most of it is non-technical hiking, but sections with exposure have fixed cables to clip into. There is one short section that has HUGE exposure were you climb around a corner on fixed ladder rungs with about 300 ft. of air under you. Bring regular hiking shoes, a climbing harness, a couple long sling and locking biners, and a helmet. It takes about 2-3 hrs to do the whole thing. Bring a camera... it's an amazingly beautiful setting!
P.S.- The ledge does go right above the Pipeline Wall cragging area. Please be very careful with loose rocks!!!
I am getting ready to move to Telluride for the winter season to work at the ski resort. I was wondering if there is any good indoor climbing gyms in the area. Can't wait to get covered in snow, but don't want to loose this climbing seasons progress. Thanks!
Currently, the guidebook for roped climbing in the area- 'Telluride Rocks'- is out of print. If you're interested in bouldering, you can find the guidebook that I wrote- 'A Guide To Bouldering In The Telluride & The West End Areas'- in many of the shops in town (and throughout Colorado).
I know there is a lot of interest in 'Telluride Rocks', so hopefully either Damon or myself will work towards printing a new batch sometime soon. In the meantime, make friends and borrow their copies! :)