39. Bouldering at Rotary Park

Horsetooth Reservoir offers some great opportunities to boulder for both beginners and experts. Rotary Park is one of the more popular and easily accessible areas filled with traverses, technical slabs, and overhanging roofs. I’m not an expert on the bouldering scene in Fort Collins, but I always enjoy a good outing to Horsetooth. The incredible views are a a great bonus to take in between problems.

For those of you who have no idea of what I’m talking about, bouldering is a style of rock climbing where climbers typically stay fairly close to the ground, and focus on completing “problems” that are usually short in length, and do not require the use of ropes and other technical gear. One of the main benefits of bouldering is the ability to focus entirely on strength and technique without getting distracted by the technical aspects of other types of climbing. If you’re not a climber but you like to visit Horsetooth because of many of the other great things about the area, take a walk around Rotary Park on a nice afternoon and you’ll most likely get to see first hand what I’m describing.

When bouldering at Rotary Park, expect to mingle with all kinds of other visitors. This is also a popular area for hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, photography, and sight seeing.

The Mountain Project is a good starting place to go on the internet for more information about Rotary Park bouldering.

Climbing and bouldering are dangerous activities.  Understand and accept the risks involved before participating.

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