Bluebird weather in Taylor Canyon

Bluebird weather in Taylor Canyon

As the busy summer season winds to an end here in Crested Butte, we often have the opportunity to create custom instructional courses for our guests. Last week, the Kruglak father-daughter duo spent three days learning the basics of Traditional climbing in the beautiful granite paradise of Taylor Canyon.

Reaching high to a jug

Reaching high to a jug

With the “fall out of the car” approaches and splitter high quality granite, Taylor is a great place to hone your traditional multi-pitch skills. Most of the taylor canyon climbing ranges from one to three pitches in length and many routes boast clean smooth crack climbing.

Belaying the Second on a "mock lead"

Belaying the Second on a "mock lead"

Belaying off the anchor

Belaying off the anchor

An expertly rigged rappel set-up

An expertly rigged rappel set-up

My partners for the week often climb on the cliffs of the Potomac, so we focused on developing skills that they can apply to climbing at their local crag. This included: lowering from above and top-belay systems, the lead climbing sequence, rappelling, and of course gear placement and removal in the context of some multi-pitch classics. Great weather coupled with positive attitudes and a desire to learn contributed to three great days on the rock.

Rappeling down with the setting sun

Rappeling down with the setting sun

 Mike Bromberg