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Climbing School Graduate Overnight Trip to Penitente Canyon

Sat, 2014-05-24
Norbert Ensslin

We will continue our series of fun trips for Climbing School graduates with an overnight trip to Penitente Canyon in the Alamosa Valley, Colorado.  This area is known for hard climbs, but also has a nice selection of easy and moderate one-pitch bolt routes. Penitente also provides some opportunities to do easy leads in the 5.6 to 5.8 range.
Penitente Canyon is located about 3 ½ hours drive north of Los Alamos near Saguache, Colorado, and has a nice campground.  We will drive up Saturday morning, climb Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, and drive home Sunday afternoon.  (On Sunday afternoon, my car will be making a detour to Villa Grove to check out snow conditions in that area, so other climbers should bring additional cars so that they can return straight home.)  Bring overnight camping gear and camping food along with rain gear and your personal climbing gear. If you already have a rope, bring that also so that we can set up more climbs for everyone.  Let's depart from the Sullivan Field parking lot across from the High School at 8 AM Saturday.
Please e-mail back to Norbert at if you would like to come on this trip.  This way we will know how many graduates are coming and how many climbing leaders should also be invited to join us.

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