Climbing Summit County |

Climbing Summit County

Jim Noelker

Colorado is home to 54 peaks over 14,000 feet. The Rockies are literally covered with routes and crags accessible by climbers of all levels. Whether your thing is climbing ice or rock, Summit County has a multitude of options within driving distance from all towns.

Nothing compares to the mental and physical challenges of conquering a mountain. Some popular climbing routes in Summit include the Motezuma/Arapahoe Basin crags, Ten Mile Canyon and Quandary peak.

Good climbing references include by Wade Clinger and by Astaldi and Gruber.

Beginners should consider taking a lesson and consulting a guide before taking on even the most basic climbs. The Breckenridge Recreation Center is a great resource for route information and climbing outfitters.

Always practice proper safety methods and general trail etiquette. Leave your itinerary and expected return time with two separate parties before venturing out-this may be your only means of contacting search and rescue should you encounter trouble.

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