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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Come experience the memorable climbing of ‘the black’.


Black Canyon of the Gunnison Climbing Overview

With some of the steepest walls in North America the Black Canyon of the Gunnison offers unparalleled access to large multi-pitch climbing objects like nowhere else in the Southwest. Boasting a unique approach you and your guide will descent from camp to the bottom of the canyon and your climbing objective. From there you will scale the massive walls over the course of a full day, ultimately ending up back on the room and often a short, flat walk back to your camp. Operating exclusively on the North rim of the canyon there are a lot of classic routes to pick from when planning your trip to ‘The Black’.

Climbing in the Black Canyon can be demanding and spending all day on the wall is something of a right of passage for climbers looking to progress their climbing to the next level. Join us for an unforgettable experience in on of the most unique climbing experiences in the Southwest. 


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Popular routes to climb

Casual Route | 5.8
  • Height 800 ft
  • 8 Pitches
  • Grade 2

Full route description HERE

Maiden Voyage | 5.9-
  • Height 400 ft
  • 5 Pitches
  • Grade 3

Full route description HERE

Casually Off Route | 5.9
  • Height 800 ft
  • 8 Pitches 
  • Grade 2

Full route description HERE

Leisure Climb | 5.9
  • Height 600 ft
  • 6 Pitches 
  • Grade 3

Full route description HERE

Escape Artist | 5.10
  • Height 700 ft
  • 7 Pitches
  • Grade 3

Full route description HERE

Comic Relief | 5.10
  • Height 950 ft
  • 8 Pitches 
  • Grade 3

Full route description HERE

What is Included in the cost?

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– AMGA trained & educated Rock Guide

– Federal land usage surcharge (USFS/BLM)

– Rock climbing equipment (shoes, harness, and helmet)

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– Guide gratuity

– Food/snacks

– Personal clothing/gear

* If you need to rent equipment locally visit our friends at Backcountry Experience. If you are coming from the Front Range reach out our partners at Cripple Creek Backcountry.

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Anyone participating in our programs must fill out a waiver beforehand. If you are under 18, please have your parent/guardian complete.


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Skiers/riders should be in good physical condition, and confident/comfortable on their method of snow travel (backcountry touring skis or splitboard).