The Archive

All of Colorado Mountaineering's pages at your fingertips. Over the years our articles have included detailed informative posts in the form of area profiles, mountain profiles, featured routes, and trip reports. The staff is working constantly to bring you more mountains and routes by writing up old trip reports and putting together mountain profiles as well as venturing out and exploring new places. This list will be updated as more articles become available. The following is a (mostly) comprehensive list of our articles by category:

Rotten snow on Mt. Massive
Every now and then we profile one of our favorite Colorado mountains. Included are a brief description of the major routes, directions, special hazards and photos.

-Mt. Harvard
-Blanca Peak
-Grays Peak
-Torreys Peak
-Little Bear
-Mount Sopris
-Kit Carson Peak
-Crestone Peak
-Arrow Peak
-Maroon Bells
-Mount Columbia
-Snowmass Mountain
-Quandary Peak
-Castle Peak
-Mount of the Holy Cross
-Mount Elbert
-La Plata Peak
-Pyramid Peak
-Longs Peak
-Capitol Peak
-Conundrum Peak
-Mount Sneffels

Reports from mountain adventures in Colorado. Tales of success, failure, triumph, woe, and everything in-between. Colorado had an amazing backcountry and everything you set foot in it, there is always adventure.

-Monitor Rock (Independence Pass)
-Vestal/Arrow Peaks
-Four Pass Loop Backpack Trip
-Independence Tower
-Mount Sopris
-Mount Sherman
-Mount Belford
-Mount Yale
The North Face and DIamond of Longs Peak
The North Face of Longs Peak and the Diamond (left)
-Pyramid Peak
-Grays & Torreys
-Longs Peak, Mount McGregor & Holy Cross
-Geneva Lake
-Gore Range Backpack
-Mount Huron
-Mount Princeton
-Missouri Mountain
-Mount Shavano
-Quandary Peak
-Holy Cross
-Mount Elbert
-Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross
-Mt. Harvard
-Mt. Bierstadt & Mt. Evans
-Pikes Peak
-Capitol Peak
-Gore Range
-Snowmass Mountain
-Mount Massive
Conundrum Peak and Montezuma Basin

Breaking stories from and related to the climbing, bouldering, and mountaineering in Colorado. Includes accident, rescues, first ascents, notable achievements and other news items.

-Woman Found Dead on North Maroon Peak (8/8/2017)
-Climber Falls to His Death from Capitol Peak's Knife Edge (8/6/2017)
-Climber Killed on Capitol Peak (7/19/17)
-Climber Missing on Pyramid Peak Found Alive
-Famed Mountaineer Blown off Mountain in RMNP, Badly Breaks Leg
-UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in Durango
-2016 Mountaineering accidents and Anaysis
-Speed record for climbing 14ers shattered
-Eight people struck and one dog killed by lightning on Mt. Bierstadt
-Wild Country Voluntary Recall
-Climbers Complete 14er "Through Hike"
-Helicopter rescue on North Maroon
-Climbers Stuck on Longs Peak
-Jimmy Webb Sends V15 on Mt. Evans
-Blackhawk Rescue on Captiol Peak
-12 Year-old Sends RMNP V13 Testpiece
-Diamond's First 5.14
-Daniel Woods' Wheel of Chaos (V14)
-Death on Capitol Peak
-Senator's Brother Found Dead in Winds
-Randy Udall Missing in Wind Rivers
-Another Climber Killed on Thunder Pyramid
-Coloradoan Killed on Grand Teton
-11-Year Olds Dominating Climbing World
-Climber Dies on Maroon Peak
-9-Year-Old Climbs Diamond
-Climber Killed on Thunder Pyramid
-Dunn-Westbay Goes Free at 5.13

Beautiful day in the San Juans
A close look at some of our favorite climbing and mountaineering routes in Colorado from easy class 1 to committing and technical class 5. Includes directions, guidebook-style description, and photos.

-Zanzibar Dihedral (5.8+)
-Thomas Lakes- Mount Sopris (class 2)
-East Slopes Mt. Massive (class 2)
-Otto's Route (class 5.9)
-The Decalibron (class 2)
-Wham Ridge (class 5.4)
-Northeast Ridge Pyramid Peak (class 4)
-East Slopes Snowmass Mtn (class 3)
-Hanging Lake (class 1)
-North Ridge Holy Cross (class 2)
-North Mt. Elbert Trail (class 1)
-Devil's Causeway (class 2)
-Southwest Ridge Mt. Sneffels (class 3)
-North Face Longs Peak (class 5.4)
-The Sawtooth (class 3/4)

Mount Sopris in the Elk Range of Colorado
Stairway to the Heavens. Mount Sopris, Elk Range
Articles that are intended to make you a better, smarter or more-rounded climber. From technique to gear to debates on grading systems.

-Not Conquerors, Merely Survivors
-The Five Sacred Peaks of the Navajo
-Get Better at Rock Climbing
-An Exploration of Grade Inflation
-Spring Loaded Camming Devices
-The Great Ratings Debate
-Beginner's Guide to Crack Climbing
-A Guide to the Yosemite Decimal System
-No Trace Ethic
-Colorado Mountaineering 101

Just about anything that doesn't seem to conform to any of the other lists lands here. Includes editorials, opinion articles, and "creative non-fiction" stories related to climbing and mountaineering in Colorado.

-14ers Are Dead!
-Angels and Demons: The Split Personality of Holy Cross
-Following the Chipped Footsteps of a Pioneer
-The Grenadiers: A Week of Rain, Lightning and Getting Lost in the San Juans
-The Future of Climbing and Mountaineering
-Why Do We Climb?
-Just Say No! to John Denver Peak
-A Lesson in Lightning
-Ticklists and the Knife Edge
-Colorado's Last Wilderness

Lists have long been apart of mountaineering and alpinism. Whether is is the Seven Summits, the 14 8000m peaks, or Colorado's 53 fourteeners. Lists represent goals that feel good to complete and sometimes can even get you recognition. We have collected a few popular lists here, as well as created a few new ones of our own.

-Top 8 Least Busy 14ers
-Top 8 Busiest Colorado Mountains
-The Sixty Highest Mountains in the Elk Range
-Colorado's Five Most Iconic Peaks
-The Five Most Prominent Peaks in the State
-The Top 100 (Centennial list)
-Ten Mountains You Probably Haven't Climbed but Should
-Class 5 Peaks over 13,000 feet
-The Official 14ers
-The Top 200 (Bicentennial List)
-Ten Class 3 Colorado Classics
-Ten Class 5 Colorado Classics
-14ers the Hard Way
Single pitch trad dihedral in Monument Canyon
Trad climbing in Monument Canyon

Although the focus of this website is on mountaineering and alpine climbing, some of Colorado's best climbing, even alpine-style climbing, lies in its high and deep canyons. These are other climbing areas, particularly canyons, which we sometimes feature.

-Glenwood Canyon
-Unaweep Canyon
-Main Elk Canyon
-Monument Canyon


-Speed Climbing the Naked Edge
-Hallett Peak's Culp-Bossier Route (8 pitches, 5.8+)
-Hardest Rock Climb in the World
-New 5.13d in Glenwood Canyon
-Otto's Route (III 5.9)
-Ashima Shiraishi boulders V13 in Colorado
-The Casual Route (IV 5.10a) on Longs Peak's Diamond
-Crestone Needle's world-famous Ellingwood Arete (5.7+)
-Diamond in the Rain: Tommy's Caldwell projects in the rain at 13,000 feet
-Daniel Woods finds V14 at 10,600 feeet
-Jimmy Webb crushes Colorado testpiece Jade (V14)
-The Diamond's first 5.14

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