The Independence Pass Roadless Area outside of Aspen is one of only a few Upper Tier Management Category Roadless Areas.

Danielle Gross age 10 climbs while her father Michael Gross looks on and guide Chris Houk is on belay.

Climbing in Independence Pass, Aspen

© Outdoor Alliance 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Website Design: HILRIDE

Independence Pass, White River National Forest

Loren Gwartney-Gibbs from Ute Mountaineering and Heather Hicks from The buddy Program head into the forest.

The approach to “Philosophers Corner” bouldering area.

Loren and Heather discuss routes up the “Egg” deep in the shadows of the mixed Pine-Aspen forest.

Heather working out a problem with a spot from Loren.

Loren mid grab on the “Egg”.

Discussing another problem in “Philosophers Corner”.

Loren shows Heather his approach.

Loren completing the problem.

Danielle mid climb (she reaches the top and made Dad very proud).

View from the top of the climb.

Kate Dreeling midway up one of the routes on Grotto’s Wall.

Kate working the crack.

Kate en route.

Kate closing in on the top.

Golden Aster in full bloom against a backdrop of lichen and moss atop the boulders.

Project    Adventures    Partners    Blog    Resources