Crag Exposure: Independence Pass
posted by bronco
Granite steeps, cool summer temps, cliff jumping, beautiful people, beautiful cars, and the Aspen night life makes Independence Pass THE official Summer Crag of all things P&C! We love mountains, we love granite, we also love gettin swervy with the Aspen elite. “The Pass” as the Western Slopeies call it, offers one of the better options for summer time cragging here in Colorado. Beat the crowds and head to the Pass, you WILL NOT be dissappointed. A destination area that offers something for every niche of climbing, the Pass is quickly becoming one of our favorite areas. Bouldering, Sport Climbing, Tradie stuff, single pitch, multi pitch, or head up a 14′er (who we kiddin, that sounds horrible, but its there if you like that hiking bullshit), the Pass offers it all!
So, when your homie says “Where should we go next weekend?” You should reply “I’ll tell you where. Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.”
Only a few hours from the Front Range, go scope this super summer crag next weekend instead of hangdoggin your a.m. and p.m. projects in Rifle, you won’t send’em this season anyway. Alternatively, you can find crazy good routes on better rock up in the hills outside of Aspen.
Try this on for size, the typical Pass schedule:
9:00ish: Arise you rock climber, its crispy outside and you should go climbing.
9:30 – 12:00ish: Crush.
Noonish – 3:00ish: Jump off a cliff into a pool of glacially melted water and work on your tan (remember, the Aspen cougar scene likes their young’ens with a nice golden sheen!)
3:00 – 7:30: Crush.
7:30 – 3:00am: Eat. Drink. Dance. Seduce cougars with your climbing muscles and clean shimmering tan. Go to sleep.
Umm, I’ll take the extra large helping of this schedule please! Utopian areas like these don’t exist just any and everywhere. Don’t Hesitate, GO!
Here’s the Beta: Drive to Independence Pass and go climbing!
Tarzan, Grotto Wall
Walk in Central Park, Outrageous Overhang
Wild Thing, Wild Rock
Cryogenics, Grotto Wall
I’ve Got Skills, Olympic Wall
Problem Child, Wild Rock
These are just a few, most routes are really really good. I mean, really really good! Plus you are here…
Our boy BJ over at SplitterChoss is probably a better reservoir of information on the Pass, so scope his site! This is all I’ve got…sorry for the long delay in Bronco posts, more to come…
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