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Old 02-18-2019   #1
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Gates of Lodore & Climbing

Hello fellow whitewater enthusiasts,

I am hopping on gates of lodore this coming summer and was wondering if there are any climbing opportunities in the canyon? And if so, any beta on where, gear, quality, etc.

Cheers, Michael

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Old 02-18-2019   #2
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Here's a couple of links I found by using Google and "rock climbing in Dinosaur National Monument." There is some cool bouldering to be found around some of the camp sites.
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Old 02-19-2019   #3
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I'm not a climber but as a geologist roped up on rock a few times, it seems like the Uinta Formation (the red quartzite that forms the Gates of Lodore and Whirlpool Canyons) would be really good, competent rock with good texture for climbing.
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Its my understanding that Steamboat Rock at the confluence of the Green and the Yampa near Echo Park, has been climbed by the likes of Layton Kor in the 60s. Google it for more info. People continue to work on routes on it.
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Old 02-19-2019   #5
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Gates climbing

The upstream camp at Rippling Brook (#1) has some good bouldering right from the furthest upstream area - there's a little alcove at river level, if water is above 2-3k you may get your feet wet to wade across the sand bar. Can be seen from the usual kitchen area under the first big cottonwood (or box elder?), so nice for spectators/hecklers.
Behind Limestone (5 miles from Rippling Brook) there's all kinds of bouldering and if you hike up behind the camp you can walk for miles and find all kinds of suitable routes.
Steamboat is known, there's tons more if you want to explore Echo Park. If you head northeast out of Cove Camp (end of Whirlpool Canyon) for the very prominent ridgeline there's more climbs than you have time for...
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