This classic route starts on a ledge (Tennis Shoe Traverse) about 150 feet off the deck, about 200 feet to the right of the large, left-facing dihedral. Consult the guidebook for an approach pitch. This 5-star crack to hard to miss from the road. This is a must do route if you are in the area for a few days. It starts out in a flared jagged wide crack with hand jams inside (5.10a). This leads to a good rest at the intersection of the upper two cracks. The left part of the Y-crack is easier ...[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! :)