South Platte

The Platte! Huge granite domes, part of an enormous batholith, jut into the sky just west of Denver. This is Joshua-Tree style granite climbing on friction-y crystals in the tan rock.

There are granite splitters here, as well as multipitch slab routes, all detailed in Jason Haas’s new guidebooks, South Platte Climbing. Note that because the formations are extensive enough and spaced enough, Haas wrote both a northern and southern volume of the book. This gives you an idea of the depth and quality of the climbing – awesome!

About the author

Rob Coppolillo

Rob Coppolillo

Certified AMGA/IFMGA rock, alpine, and ski guide. Rob is the owner of Vetta Mountain Guides

Rob Coppolillo is an AMGA and IFMGA mountain guide, and the owner of Vetta Mountain Guides. In fact, Rob’s one of the first 100 Americans to have earned international certification through the American Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA). Having lived in Boulder, Colorado, for 30 years, he now bases in Chamonix, France, with his wife and two sons. He’s a freelance writer who speaks English, Italian and French, and his most recent book, "The Ski Guide Manual," will be published by Falcon Guides in November 2020.

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