Western Colorado Climbing Adventures

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The popularity of sport climbing and its ascension sheds another light on why so many people are attracted to living in the Roaring Fork Valley and Western Slope.

There are a variety of ways to get into the sport.  If you want to start indoors,   the Glenwood Springs Rec Center   and the   Carbondale Rec center    both have indoor facilities and guidance available.   The Monkey House    in Carbondale has a fitness approach to climbing and a climbing class for beginners so its definitely a place or start or advance.

As far as youth go, the RE-2 school district has an   amazing climbing club   which provides transportation and gear as well as guidance and instruction for young people.  Indoor climbing opportunities are facilitated.    CRMS    has a climbing wall in their gym and hosts competitions.

Rifle Mountain Park  is an extremely popular outdoor climbing destination due to the variety of climbs available.  Beginners as well as experienced climbers can find routes and challenges that suit them. The   Rifle Climbers Coalition    is dedicated to a positive relationship between climbers and the park, and are very helpful.

There’s a wonderful spot in the   White River National Forest north of New Castle   that is just right for mountain goats and climbers.

Ice climbing is a thing, both in Rifle  and in the Crystal Valley near Redstone, home of   The Drool.

Snowmass Village as part of the   new Lost Forest   called the Rugged Ascent for kids and adults.   Snowmass Village Parks and Rec Center    also has a climbing wall. Finally the new Limelight at   Snowmass Base Village    has a large climbing wall that is brand new.

Aspen has a   Red Brick Recreation center  with a climbing wall.

Grand Junction is home to the Silo which is a fun place for kids to explore, including a challenge course with a climbing wall.  It also has a gym called   Grand Valley Climbing.   The outdoor opportunities to climb around Grand Junction are numerous.  Check them out   here.

SplitterChoss is a blog about gear shops in the area and other great information on climbing.

If you’re looking for professional guidance, there are some options. 

The Colorado Mountain School

The Glenwood Climbing Guides 

Aspen Expeditions

On June 28th, Ragged Mountain Sports will host the author of As Above So Below: A Climbing Story

There is a Climbing Advocacy Conference on Oct 8 and 9, which should be easy to attend since its free and online. 

currently it is possible to get tickets to an online movie called Best of Climbing from VIMFF Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. 

There’s a gear trading community on facebook, 

and a Women Climbing Colorado group. 

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