Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Climbing

If adventure climbing is your thing, the 2,722-foot-deep canyon has over 140 documented traditional routes. It’s remote, multi-pitch (10 or more pitches). Climbing involves carrying a pack (with emergency gear) in the event of an unexpected overnight.

The walls are sheer schist and gneiss. While the climbs start at 5.8, it’s not a place for beginners since many of the routes require the additional skill of aid climbing. The climbs are committing and have been known to be deceiving. Permits are required to climb in the canyon, and guide services are available.

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