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July 8, 2008

RMNP + Black Canyon

Filed under: Climbing, Roadtrip — Matt Stamplis @ 3:08 pm

So right now we’ve been hanging out in the Black Canyon near Gunnison, CO for the last 6 days – we’re going to spend 2 more nights here and then move on. But what else have we been up to? Read on…

Our first days in Colorado we spent hanging around Rocky Mountain National Park. Campgrounds here are expensive!! $20/night with a 7-day limit in the park and $28/night outside of the park. Needless to say, we can’t afford to spent $900/month on campgrounds. Fortunately we managed to find an out-of-the-way but free camping area with a great view.

Our campsite!

Here’s the promised picture of one of the Marmots – this guy was hanging out around 12,000 feet on Hallett Peak. He was just hanging out in a corner here eating food while watching us. Maybe they don’t look big from this picture but the biggest ones we saw must have been at least 20 lbs.

The Flatirons of Boulder, CO. We climbed here for a short day – we’ll probably be back in a couple weeks. A beautiful area with easy access.

After climbing a week around Rocky Mountain NP we decided to take a detour to the Black Canyon in Western Colorado. It has a reputation for loose + somewhat scary routes. Well, so far it doesn’t seem tooo bad. As an added bonus, the campground is very peaceful and quiet.

Here’s Joanne somewhere around halfway up a route called Journey Home. A beautiful area and we were the only climbers in the entire park that day. Kind of bizzarre!

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1 Comment »

  1. i supposed previously you didn’t have to worry about campsite costs but hurray to finding a free one! have fun climbing 😀

    Comment by Lil — July 8, 2008 @ 10:29 pm


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