The following information is provided through excerpts from
Heinous Cling: A Climbers Guide to Independence Pass, by Andre Wille
Independence Pass has long been a very active climbing area. The first routes were put up in the late 1950’s, and are now over 35 years old. During the 60’s (and 70’s) Harvey T. Carter was responsible for an amazing number of new routes throughout the area. In the 70’s, a number of well known climbers were active on the pass putting up new lines and freeing old aid lines. Activity during this period was brisk and many of the routes were on the cutting edge of difficulty for the time. The 80’s saw a decrease in activity, as most of the lines which accepted natrual pro or even pins, had already been plucked. In the late 80’s, however, yet another transformation in climbing on the pass occurred, as it did throughout the country. With the advent of the cordless drill and better bolts, the previously blank faces on the area crags now became possible. Today, new route activity is as rapid as ever.
Aspen has incredible climbing just 15 minutes from town up Independence Pass. If you’ve ever wanted to try rock climbing Aspen has exactly what you need to whet your climber’s appetite and take your skills to the next level. There’s everything from beginning bouldering and simple top-rope climbing to expert multi-pitch routes on the plentiful granite crags of Independence Pass. Expert climbers love the terrain, too, and have set the routes to prove it! Call one of our local climbing schools to get the low-down on boulder, climbing, and ice climbing classes for rock-rats of all ages and levels.
If the weather turns south or you are wanting to climb during winter, try ice climbing or check out the indoor climbing tower at the Aspen Recreation Center or the classes at the Red Brick Recreation Center.