• Date - 01/06/2019
  • Elevation - 10,000'
  • Route - Paradise Falls
  • Miles - 2.2
  • Elevation Gain - 1,200'
  • ACME Mapper - Link
  • CalTopo - Link
  • Partners - Brian Kooienga, Kevin Smith


We were looking for something different to climb and Brian and I came across Paradise Falls near Buena Vista, Colorado.  It looked like a good option within our abilities.  We left Denver, Colorado, fairly early because the drive was a bit longer than our normal climbing locations.  We stopped for some coffee and a snack before heading up County Road 306 to find the climb.  It wasn't difficult to spot the ice from the road, so we found a parking location and started the scramble up the gully.  The first two pitches were either out or buried under snow because we didn't gear up until the fat third pitch.  Kevin lead the pitch and brought Brian and I up to his anchor.  We rappelled down, hiked out, and quickly proceeded to my favorite brewery in Colorado.  I truly enjoy every flagship and seasonal beer that Eddyline Brewery has.  After I ate half of Brian's buffalo wings and we had a couple pints, we drove back to Denver, Colorado.


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