Local places to rock climb

Jul 132010
Authors: Jim Sojourner

Miramont Lifestyle
Fitness North
1800 Heath Parkway
Located off of Mulberry, Miramont’s north location is host to a climbing gym that includes multiple bouldering areas and a top rope and lead climbing wall. Access to the climbing area costs $12 by yourself, without a membership, and $9 if accompanied by a member. Equipment is available to rent on site.

Inner Strength Rock Gym
Inner Strength Rock Gym boasts 5,800 square feet of vertical climbing wall space and a couple of bouldering areas. Daily access for an adult is $13, but climbers can take advantage of a discounted $6.50 admission price on Fridays. Rental equipment is available at the gym.

Horsetooth Reservoir area
The area surround Horsetooth Reservoir contains a number of outdoor bouldering areas within a short drive of Fort Collins. The easiest route to the reservoir from campus is to take Prospect Road west to Overland Trail and Overland Trail south to Dixon Canyon Road, which is just south of Hughes Stadium.
Just before the reservoir comes into view, Dixon Canyon Road becomes Centenial Drive, and taking the road north to the first day-use fee parking area will put prospective climbers just above the popular Rotary Park area.
A short hike down toward the lake allows climbers to access a number of bouldering problems ranging in size and difficulty and even a couple of top-rope sport climbs. Taking Centenial Drive south to the first pull-off gives climbers access to the Piano Keys bouldering area, where most problems here low-height traverses, and going just a little further to the dirt pull-off before the dam puts climbers at the Torture Chamber, which hosts a number of higher bouldering problems and some short top-rope routes.
Search local bookstores or ask regular climbers about guides to each area’s established problems and routes and be sure to have equipment including a bouldering pad.

Poudre Canyon
By taking Colorado Highway 287 to Colorado Highway 14 and heading west, climbers can get to the area’s best-known sport climbing area. Pull-offs throughout the Poudre Canyon offer access to a variety of top-rope routes on varied rock surfaces and at a range of difficulties. Once again, having all equipment including a rope and quickdraws is a must in the canyon, and a guidebook to climbing in the canyon, which can be found at local outdoor stores or online, makes finding the right climbs easier and more enjoyable.
Editorials Editor Jim Sojourner can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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